Ryan Callahan, a Rochester native, is a famous local sports hero, currently playing hockey for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League. This young hockey star (born in 1985) is continually recognized for excellence on the ice.
Callahan was selected for the American Hockey League all-star game and all-rookie team as a member of the Hartford Wolfpack in the 2006-07 season. Late in the 06-07 season, the Rangers called him up as a replacement for several injured players. Not only was Callahan a solid replacement player, he played well enough to secure a spot on the roster as the Rangers surged into the playoffs despite the returns of the veteran players he had been replacing. Callahan has shown poise and determination in playoff series against the Atlanta Thrashers and Buffalo Sabres.
Rangers scouts describe Callahan as
"a very good skater, combining speed and agility … Is difficult to knock off his skates … Is equally adept at creating plays for assists or finishing scoring chances himself … Most of his points come from his drive and determination in going to prime scoring areas in the offensive zone … Possesses sharp passing skills, especially through traffic … Can play in all game situations … Although not overly big in stature, effectively maintains his ice in front of the opposition’s net … Aggressively pursues loose pucks and opposition puck carriers in a forechecking role … Is not intimidated when confronted in a tough, physical game."
Look for this young star to continue to make Rochester proud as he looks to fill his trophy case with accolades and championships.
Notes and References
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?playerId=3331 Player Stats - ESPN]
A Quick Study in Handling Playoffs NY Daily News - Apr 2008
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