A native of Western Massachusetts, Ryan began playing competitive hockey at age twelve. In 2008, Ryan’s first concussion resulted in a week’s stay in the hospital and kept him out of his junior year of high school for two and a half months. At the end of his junior year, Ryan considered retiring from hockey, but instead accepted an offer to continue his education and hockey aspirations at a hockey-specific prep school in Canada. In 2012, Ryan attended Rutgers University to play for the men’s ice hockey team where he received honors for the All-Rookie team. Ryan’s time at Rutgers was cut short only six games into his sophomore year with a career-ending sixth concussion in October of 2013. Ryan has since retired from hockey, withdrawn from Rutgers, and continues to deal with post-concussion syndrome.
Ryan’s new goals are to educate younger players and coaches on the importance of being aware of, and taking the appropriate steps to deal with concussions. Ryan would eventually like to return to school and continue his exercise science studies focusing on head injuries and sports medicine.