“Being drafted by Guelph is such an honour and so awesome—I never could’ve imagined it.”
Drafted by the Storm in the third round of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, Ryan McGuire is a five-foot-ten, 174 lbs forward from Burlington, Ontario. Born in 2004, McGuire’s a product of the South-Central Triple-A Hockey League (SCTA) after playing nine seasons with the Burlington Eagles.
During his 2019-20 season with the Eagles, McGuire impressed all after producing 95 points (49 goals, 46 assists) in 56 games. Recognized for his competitiveness and willingness to play in all the difficult areas on the ice, seventeen-year-old McGuire is an offensive player who likes to score and be physical.
“I like to make big hits and put myself in the dirty areas of play,” commented McGuire. “I think that my experience playing both centre and wing has given me the chance to really develop my playmaking skills.”
Where it all began
Crediting his dad for his involvement in hockey, Ryan’s first time lacing his skates occurred at the age of four. McGuire spent his entire first year learning how to skate before joining his local hockey league at five-years-old.
“Growing up I was always on the street playing road hockey with my brother and his friends too,” said McGuire. “There was always a bunch of kids on the street so we would all play.”
Admiring three-time Stanley Cup Champ Sidney Crosby for his grit, determination and leadership, Ryan asserts that he mirrors his style of game after Crosby. Similar to Sidney, McGuire ensures that he spends time each and every day shooting pucks in his backyard and working on his endurance by going for runs.
“I liked watching Crosby growing up just because of the way he played and how skilled he was,” explained McGuire. “Crosby’s always been my role model.”
Minor Hockey Highlight
In response to being asked what his favourite minor hockey memory is, Ryan asserts that being crowned the Waterloo Gold Puck Tournament Champion in 2019-20 tops everything.
“It was a big accomplishment because we were the underdogs and the fact that we beat the best two teams—the Hamilton Huskies and Mississauga Senators—to move onto win the finals was huge,” said McGuire.
The championship game saw a hard fought 6-1 victory for the Eagles over the Lambton Jr. Sting. McGuire led the tournament in scoring after producing 12 points (five goals, seven assists) over six games. The forward also racked up 18 penalty minutes.
Drafted by the Storm
Watching the 2020 OHL Draft in his back yard, McGuire was surrounded by family in a safe and socially distanced manner as he awaited his Ontario Hockey League fate. Receiving the congratulations call from Coach Burnett just a few moments ahead of his name appearing on the TV, McGuire found it difficult to put the monumental experience into words.
“I was so excited and couldn’t have been happier,” said McGuire. “Being drafted by Guelph is such an honour and awesome—I never could’ve imagined it. I love that it’s nice and close to home so that my family can come watch.”
The upcoming season won’t be McGuire’s first-time skating on the ice in the Sleeman Center as he frequently visited Guelph and played in the arena growing up.
“I’ve played in the Sleeman Center before and it’s always been one of my favourite rinks,” said McGuire. “I’m really excited to get on that ice again.”
Off the Ice with McGuire
Off ice McGuire stays busy by playing lacrosse and football. Lacrosse is something that Ryan’s played his entire life, whereas football is something that he’s recently taken an interest in. Notably during his high school rookie season, McGuire’s team won the junior football championship.
Aside from sports McGuire loves the outdoors. Over the years, he and his family have travelled alongside another family to a variety of different camping grounds across the country. To date, Ryan’s favourite camping spot is Emerald Lake in British Columbia.
Ready to crack the Guelph line up, McGuire is most excited to show Storm City his physicality and goal scoring capabilities.
“I’m a grinder that battles and works hard,” said McGuire. “I don’t give up easily and I think that’s what really separates me from other players. I’m looking forward to being part of such an amazing organization and I can’t thank Guelph enough for this incredible opportunity.”
Words of Advice
If Ryan could give advice to a player pursing an OHL career like himself, he would say:
“Never give up because if you really want it and work for it, it’ll happen one day. Think about and visualize yourself scoring.”