The Secret Life of Bobby Ryan: The Ottawa Senators Star Opens Up to Sportsnet About His Lost Childhood and How He Survived It All

– PLUS, Trevor Gretzky, the son of The Great One, is chasing a legacy of his own on the baseball diamond –


TORONTO (September 12, 2013) In an exclusive story in the latest issue of Sportsnet magazine, new Ottawa Senator Bobby Ryan  and his parents open up to features editor Gare Joyce about Ryan’s lost childhood – including moving across the country, living under an alias, and his father going to prison – with hockey becoming Ryan’s escape from it all.


PLUS, Growing up Gretzky

What’s it like to be the son of The Great One? Trevor Gretzky, middle child of Canada’s most celebrated athlete, is currently chasing a legacy of his own in the Chicago Cubs minor league baseball system. Senior writer Brett Popplewell went to Chicago to talk to him, taking in a game alongside proud parents Wayne and Janet Gretzky.


Also in this issue of Sportsnet, on newsstands now:

  • Getting away from it all: Ahead of a season of questions, reporter Arash Madani takes readers into the off-season hideaway of Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf
  • New Era: MLB’s tectonic plates are shifting, with a cadre of young stars getting better, faster, richer – sooner. Staff writer Arden Zwelling reports
  • Breaking Bones: Who is Alexander Gustafsson? He’s the No. 1 contender for Jon “Bones” Jones’s light heavyweight belt, and at UFC 165 in Toronto next week he’ll be trying to take it. Assistant editor Dave Zarum takes readers inside Gustafsson’s world
  • Last Word with Stephen Brunt: Twenty-five years after the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, it’s time to forgive Ben Johnson


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