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Former Chief Derek Ryan Talks Hockey Fest, Career Journey

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Derek Ryan was one of the best Chiefs to ever skate in the Arena, now he's finally heading to the NHL and Hockey Fest CdA. (Photo: Chiefs) Derek Ryan was one of the best Chiefs to ever skate in the Arena, now he's finally heading to the NHL and Hockey Fest CdA. (Photo: Chiefs)

SWXRightNow.com -- Former Spokane Chiefs standout Derek Ryan stopped by the Fasteners Sports Studio to chat about the upcoming Hockey Fest Coeur d'Alene and his career journey to finally find a spot in the NHL.

The Spokane native and Shadle Park High School grad was the Chiefs leading goalscorer in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007 and was recently named to the Top 30 Chiefs in 30 Years list for his time in Spokane.

Catch the full interview with Ryan in the video player above.

Ryan went on to play for the University of Alberta after his junior career and scored 207 points (86 goals, 121 assists) for the Golden Bears from 2008 to 2011. Following his collegiate career, Ryan played three seasons in the Austrian league (EBEL) and racked up 84 points (38 G, 46 A) for EC VSV during the 2013-14 season and a total of 189 points (90 G, 109 A).

Ryan scored 60 points (15 G, 45 A) playing 55 games for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2014-15 campaign. Following the season he was named the SHL's Forward of the Year and MVP.

The NHL finally called earlier this summer and Ryan signed a two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes and former Spokane head coach Bill Peters.

Ryan will play on the St. Louis squad at the Hockey Fest Legends game with NHL greats like Geoff Courtnall, Cliff Ronning, coach Brett Hull and the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky. Current and former Chiefs players like Keanu Yamamoto and Mitch Holmberg will also join Ryan at Frontier Ice Arena live on SWX on Friday night.

More on the Hockey Fest Legends game rosters here: http://bit.ly/1Com8dT

Ryan will also be at Tyler Johnson's Hockey Camp on Thursday for a couple of hours. The camp starts at 4:30 p.m. and is at Frontier and will be a chance for youngsters to learn the game of Hockey from former and current pros. Slots for participants are now full, but it will be a family-friendly event at Frontier for those wanting to join in on the fun.

The Hockey Fest Legends game will air live on SWX at 6 p.m. PT from the Frontier Ice Arena on Friday.

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