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After Completing 100 Days of Sobriety and in his First Game Back in Ottawa, Bobby Ryan Scored a Hat Trick

The fans gave him a standing ovation and chanted his name, as Bobby Ryan fought back tears on the bench after scoring a hat trick in his first game back in Ottawa after missing three months in the NHL’s player assistance program.

Ryan entered the joint NHL/NHL Players Association assistance program on November 20th to help his battle with alcoholism.

Ryan’s first game back with the Senators was Tuesday, February 25th against the Nashville Predators.  That same day marked 100 days of sobriety for Ryan, according to Sportnet’s Kyle Bukauskas.  Ryan had not played since Nov. 16 when the Senators took on the Buffalo Sabres.

Prior to Thursday night’s game in Ottawa, Ryan fought back tears explaining how much it’d mean for him to score his first goal back at home, stating, “I hope it’s at home because my wife and kids will be here for that and they’ve earned this as much as I have.

Well, you couldn’t have written it any better because the man had himself one hell of a game.

In his first game back on home ice in Ottawa in three months and with his family in attendance, Ryan scored a hat trick, was +3 and even dropped the mitts.

Fans, teammates, analysts and everyone in the hockey community were thrilled with Ryan’s triumphant return.

Ryan spoke to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy after the emotional night in Ottawa noting, “It’s a family victory.”

Well done, big guy.  The hockey community is rooting for you.

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