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Kesler honored to be first Canuck at PMT

Wednesday, 09.07.2011 / 8:39 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2011 Player Media Tour

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Kesler honored to be first Canuck at PMT
NEW YORK -- Ryan Kesler is still recovering from his offseason hip surgery and he remains devastated at losing two former teammates, Rick Rypien and Pavol Demitra, but here he is in the Big Apple with his wife, Andrea, experiencing the NHL Player Media Tour for the first time.

Kesler also wanted to point out in during our conversation tonight at the Versace Boutique that he is the first Canuck to attend the Player Media Tour.

He's happy to say so.

Since he plays in Vancouver, Kesler rarely gets a chance to visit New York. In fact, he said this is Andrea's first time in the city.

They unfortunately can't stay for too long because Ryan has to go to Vail to get his hip examined and Andrea has to get home to their two kids to begin what she called her super mom duties again.

The Keslers spent the summer in Michigan, where they have a lot of family. They don't have much in the way of family in Vancouver.

But, first things first.

Kesler said he is looking forward to the next two days of interviews, photos, etc as he takes part in his first PMT. He thinks it is not only great marketing for the League, but also for himself and the Canucks.

And, yes, he is still trying to get over the sting of losing Game 7. He hopes to be on the ice with his teammates soon to start preparing for another Cup run.
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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness