I tweeted about it yesterday, but to reiterate, I really think Kitchener Rangers defencemen are going to learn a lot from new associate coach Mike Van Ryn this year.
Accolades aside - experience in NCAA, OHL, World Jrs, AHL and NHL - he sounds like one of those guys who was just meant to be a coach.
He's still young enough - 34- to be excited about the game and it comes through as he passionately talks about his new gig with the club.
He went on at length during our chat about the lessons he learned coming up through the ranks. He reinforced playing a simple game because, lets face it, you don't get called up to the NHL to be a top two defenceman.
As Van Ryn says, "they already have those guys." Most breaks for juniors, who are used to playing a top two role, comes in the form of fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh blueliner. That means being responsible, knowing when to attack and limiting mistakes.
These are the kinds of things Van Ryn hopes to impart on the Rangers' rearguards.
Outside of that, he's pumped to be moving his family to the region. His wife, a native of Florida, enjoyed her time in Ontario when Van Ryn was with the Maple Leafs and the clan has family all around these parts.