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Winnipeg Goalie to Lead Thistles at Allan Cup

By Will Streilein

KENORA — Kenora’s hockey heritage could take another step forward this spring, thanks to a Winnipegger.

Ryan Person, a 35-year-old goaltender with a load of professional experience will be between the pipes this month as the Kenora AAA Senior Thistles make their fourth straight trip to Canada’s national Allan Cup Championship.

Will Streilein

Will Streilein

However Person’s journey to Kenora isn’t as simple as driving down the Trans Canada highway. It actually started 20 years ago when, at 14, he began playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

“Playing with guys 17-22-years-old, and being only 14, barely in junior high school, it’s quite a bit different,” recalled the 6-foot-1, 200-pound  Person. “I played two-and-half hours out of the city and the old man put on a lot of miles.”

Eventually, Person became a member of the 1999 OCN Blizzard, the team that went on to win the MJHL’s Turnbull Cup.

It was after that season that Person began the life of a traveling man. Person decided to embark on a career as a minor pro hockey player and joined the Monroe Moccasins of the Western Professional Hockey League in 2000.

Over the next nine seasons, Person would play for teams in the West and East Coast Hockey Leagues as well as the Southern Professional Hockey League. However, Person notes it was an easy decision to call it quits from the minor pro life.

“Me and my wife got married during the last couple years I was playing down in Florida,” he said. “We had a daughter back home and we figured it was the right time.”

In 2010 Person heard of a chance to play for a title close to home.

Ryan Person with the ECHL's Alaska Aces.

Ryan Person with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.

“I heard the Allan Cup was hosted by Kenora that year,” he said. “So I called them up, came down for a skate and the rest is history.”

That “history” has led Person to backstop the Thistles in three Allan Cup tournaments.

With this year’s tournament set for April 14, in Dundas, Ont., and with some old friends from Manitoba participating (the Southeast Paririe Thunder from Steinbach won the Manitoba-Saskatchewan regional playdown), Person says this is the best Thistles team he’s seen.

“If you look at some of the guys, they’re coming from East to West in Canada,” noted Person. “They’ve (the managers) put together a team that can compete and should be able to win.

Looking ahead to the tournament Person is making sure not to take the experience for granted: “I know that every year you get an opportunity like this it’s something you can’t waste because it’s once in a lifetime!”

Person with the United Hockey League's Adirondack IceHawks

Person with the United Hockey League’s Adirondack IceHawks

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