Like many of you, I grew up with dreams of the NHL. Dreams of playing the game we all love professionally. Then there comes a pivotal time in youth hockey for 99% of us when we realize that is just not going to happen haha.
Which makes me so happy and grateful to share the story of Ryan Minkoff. Ryan came on the podcast to discuss his new book “Thin Ice: A Hockey Journey from Unknown to Elite–and the Gift of a Lifetime” Because for a lot of us, we don’t want hockey to end. Thin Ice, shows us that it doesn’t have to and illuminates the many roads a hockey career can turn and take.
Ryan’s coming-of-age memoir highlights his journey from the Minnesota youth programs and high school hockey, to leading the University of Washington club hockey ACHA program, and on to the professional ranks of Finland.
Hear all about his journey from leading the ACHA in points with 108 in 27 games (4 PTS/G not bad) to stories of playing in the Finnish league in the small town of Lapua, Finland.
Ryan has authored The Players’ Tribune articles The Club and Overseas and Alone. Now Ryan is the founder and owner of 83, LLC, a global ice hockey agency representing players at the junior, college, and professional level.
No matter your age, highest played level, or relationship to the game- Thin Ice is a story of untold roads in our game and a true peak at perseverance and determination that we can all take from. Thanks for coming on the podcast Ryan and thanks for showing us all that hard work, passion and perseverance pay off!