Shamrock Ryan Bell named best defenceman
By Stephannie Johnson
Shamrock Ryan Bell named best defenceman.
Bobby Orr, left, sits with Ryan Bell, winner of the top defenceman award, for a chat during the hall of fame inductions.
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May 30, 2012
PARRY SOUND - It's not often a young hockey player gets to sit down and chat with NHL great Bobby Orr.
In between inductions at the ninth annual Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday evening, Orr took a moment to sit centre stage with the recipient of the hall of fame's Best Defenceman Award, Ryan Bell.
The 13 year old was captain in his second year playing Atom and captain in his second year playing peewee. He also attended the Ontario Minor Hockey Association finals as a first-year Atom player and the OMHA finals as a first-year peewee player.
Taking jabs at the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ryan's love of Maple Leaf player Dion Phaneuf, Orr teased Ryan through a casual chat before handing over the award.
"Ryan Bell - defenceman. Are you offensive-minded? Twenty-one goals and nine assists, I guess he's offensive-minded," he said with a laugh and a thumbs up as the crowd cheered.
"So your favourite player is Dion Phaneuf?" Orr asked.
Orr turned to Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement in the audience and said, "He's not going to be a politician! Your favourite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs - is that a hockey team? I'm sorry to all the Leaf fans," he added laughing.
In the 2011/12 season, Ryan played 43 games, had 21 goals, nine assists and one four-goal game in the playoffs against Huntsville.
"Congratulations Ryan," Orr said. "We're thrilled to have you here in the hall with us. Keep up the good work, keep up on the studies and good luck to you along the way."
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