Blackhawks’ Ryan Greene borrows gear for Prospect Camp after bag stolen in Montreal – NBC Chicago
Hawks’ Ryan Greene borrows gear after bag is stolen originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Ryan Greene had a whirlwind week, for several reasons. His childhood dreams came true Friday after hearing his name called by the Blackhawks, who selected him in the second round (57th overall) of the 2022 NHL Draft.
Greene then flew to Chicago to prepare for a week-long development camp with the Blackhawks prospects, which began Monday at Fifth Third Arena. And he did it without his hockey bag, which was stolen last Tuesday in Montreal.
“We went to the mall and came back and the car was gone from the parking lot,” Greene told NBC Sports Chicago. “I think someone used a computer and copied the file. But my hockey bag, all my gear, all my sticks, my golf clubs, all my hoodies, they’re all gone. I carry all the new equipment this week. I’m just trying to do the best I can, and I think I’ve done a good job the last few days, that’s for sure.”
Stolen gear is one thing, but breaking new skates and trying to use different sticks is another. Hockey players are extremely finicky when it comes to this sort of thing, and Greene does his best to adapt.
“Everything I use here I’ve never used before,” Greene said. “The weirdest thing was the skates. I’m just trying to break some new skates at development camp. Luckily my brother’s roommate at his prep school lives 10 minutes from here and he has the exact same stick that I use, so at least I have the stick, just a different flex. But yeah, other than that, it’s from scratch.
If one of the sticks breaks, I half-joked that he might have to steal one of Patrick Kane’s from the locker room (although that’s probably not a good idea, given that Greene is right-handed). At least he has one more to spare.
“He gave me two, so I have a backup plan, which is good,” Green said. “But if both break, I’m going to have to go to plan B and try to find something in there.”
What about the stolen hockey bag?
“I think it’s a lost cause,” Greene said. “We obviously tried straight away, but we haven’t heard anything for about a week, so I think this thing is probably over now, unfortunately.”