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Reid brings a much-needed year of experience to the Laker defense

Sophomore Ryan Reid

Jan. 22, 2003

By Lindsey Mechalik

LSSU Sports Information Intern

As one of only two returning defensemen on the Lake Superior State hockey team, Ryan Reid brings much-needed experience to the ice. As a sophomore, Reid has one more year of college hockey wisdom above the freshman defenders.

"I try to help the younger players out when I can, but sometimes it is hard because I am still learning as well," he said.

Reid came to Sault Ste. Marie from Chicago. He chose to attend Lake Superior State because he wanted the chance to play college hockey and get a good education. The aspect of Sault Ste. Marie that Reid likes the most is the way the town revolves around hockey. In regards to going to school at Lake Superior State, Reid feels the same way about classes as many of his teammates.

"I really like the one-on-one relationships that I am able to have with my professors," he said. "The smaller class sizes are also a plus."

After graduating from LSSU, Reid would like to continue playing hockey. His backup plan includes opening a sports bar. Reid is majoring in business management in order to help him succeed at his dream. During the summer Reid works as a bartender and also has a job maintaining residential decks.

When he is not working during the off-season, Reid enjoys sailing and water skiing. His family owns a summer home on Lake Michigan and a family member owns a sailboat that he takes out on the lake. In order to get ready for this season, Reid also followed the team workout program. During the winter, Reid also likes to downhill ski.

Prior to attending LSSU, Reid played three seasons of Junior A hockey for the Danville Wings of the North American Hockey League. The Wings competed in the Robertson Cup National Championships in 1999-2000 after winning the NAHL title. They went on to place third in nationals.

The Wings named Reid team captain the following season. That year he led Danville in penalty minutes with 196. He is following a similar trend this year, leading the Lakers with 19 penalties for 54 minutes.

Before playing for Danville, Reid played for Team Illinois 18-under squad that plays teams from around Michigan and other surrounding states.

"One of my favorite moments in hockey was during the 1996-97 season when I played for Team Illinois," Reid said. "We had a great team and went on to win the national championship."

Nowadays, Reid's family attends several road games because many of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association schools are not a long drive from Chicago.

"One of my favorite road games is when we play at Notre Dame," he said. "My cousin rents a bus and about 50 friends and relatives travel to South Bend (Ind.) to watch us play. It's great to have the support."

Donna and Norm, Reid's mother and father, reside in Chicago along with his 25-year-old sister Aimee, and brother Sean, 15, who currently plays for the Chicago Young Americans.

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