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Sharks game is Garden party for father and son

Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan gave up a promising career in tennis to pursue his true passion.
Photo by Josie Lepe / Bay Area News Group
Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan gave up a promising career in tennis to pursue his true passion. Photo by Josie Lepe / Bay Area News Group

The following article appeared on www.mercurynews.com on Monday, October 23, 2017 featuring former Cornell standout Joakim Ryan.

By Paul Gackle

NEW YORK — As a kid growing up in New York during the 1960s, Bill Ryan lived for nights at Madison Square Garden where he cheered on his hockey heroes, such as Eddie Giacomin, Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and Harry Howell.

But when the Sharks skate into the Garden on Monday night for a date with the New York Rangers, Ryan will be rooting for a player who’s more dear to his heart than anyone who’s ever suited up for the Blueshirts: his son, defenseman Joakim Ryan, who will be making his debut in the building that produced so many indelible father-son memories.

“To see him play in the Garden, that would be an absolute dream come true,” Bill Ryan said. “I can’t even put it into words.”

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