Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan Records Hat Trick in First Game Back After Completing 100 Days of Sobriety

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It was a night and moment for Ottawa Senators’ forward Bobby Ryan that he will never forget. After completing 100 days of sobriety, he returned to the ice in his first home game and recorded his fifth career hat trick in Thursday’s 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

It’s been five and a half years since Ryan got a hat trick. The 32-year-old completed the fifth career achievement late in the final frame to seal the deal for the Senators and win by a score of 5-2 over the Canucks at Candian Tire Centre. It was his first goal since October 2. Ryan has 7 points (4 goals) thus far.

Fans chanted his name and cheered in a massive standing ovation. Ryan, who was fighting back tears on the bench, gave a wave to thank the crowd.

He also earned Ottawa’s first star of the game.

Following the game, Ryan spoke to Ottawa media calling fans “an incredible community of people.”

“It’s great to see people get behind him,” Senators head coach D.J.  Smith told in a postgame interview. Ryan’s own teammates were chanting from the bench, which Smith said he heard.

It has been three months since Ryan took the ice with his teammates. His last game was on November 16. Four days later, he entered the NHL/NHLPA assistance program after admitting to having a problem with alcohol. Ryan opened up about battling his alcohol issue, “I got to a point where I said enough’s enough of this — of the shame and the guilt and not being the person you need to be for your family.”

Ryan returned to practice last week and played in his first official game back on Tuesday, which was a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

These moments are remarkable and a wonderful accomplishment for Bobby Ryan!

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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