Ryan survives turmoil to find home at Owen Sound

Updated: December 8, 2005, 6:20 PM ET
By Gare Joyce | ESPN The Magazine
Kids were swarming Bobby Ryan, begging for autographs, even though he was just a kid himself. Banners at the J.D. McArthur Arena read "Welcome Bobby Ryan." It was June 2003, and Ryan was in town to meet with the staff of the Owen Sound Attack, the team that had called his name in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League draft. A reporter from the local paper wanted to interview the 16-year-old right wing. "Tell me about growing up, about your family," he said. Everyone wanted to know about the kid from New Jersey.

Gare Joyce is a contributing writer for ESPN The Magazine.