Yarmouth's Ryan Graves Reflects On AHL Season

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 08:06 AM

It was quite a hockey season for Yarmouth's Ryan Graves.

The defenseman, who will turn 23 later this month just wrapped up his third full year in the American Hockey League.

Graves began the year with the New York Rangers affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, but was dealt at the NHL Trade Deadline to the Colorado Avalanche.

He played the rest of the season in San Antonio, Texas for the Rampage.

Graves says he'll work hard this September in training camp to earn a spot in the NHL.

"There's never a spot given to anyone. I'll go into camp and hopefully I can earn a spot. The Avalanche, to see what they did this season and to get into the playoffs was really cool."

Graves says he got to attend a playoff game in Denver, and the atmosphere was unbelievable.

He says he spoke to Avs GM Joe Sakic at the end of the season.

"We talked about hockey, and how he's happy to have me in the organization. He talked about coming to the Maritimes for charity events and golfing. He's a personable guy, and it's nice to hear those things from somebody like that, a legend in the NHL."

Graves will be off PEI to train for the summer.

He spent two seasons there in his early Junior days with the Rocket/Charlottetown Islanders franchise.

Graves is also a restricted free agent this summer as his three-year entry level deal he signed with the Rangers expires.

Hear a full interview with Ryan Graves this Sunday morning on the Y95-CJLS Weekender.