Drafted No. 2 by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2005 NHL Draft, Bobby Ryan played five seasons for the Anaheim Ducks before being traded this past summer to the Ottawa Senators. Ryan, 26, has endeared himself to his new teammates this season, totaling 22 goals and 45 points while playing solid defensively with a plus-9 rating. The New Jersey native talks about how he learned to play the game, his involvement in helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy and why proposing at the top of the Eiffel Tower was a necessity.
Kathryn Tappen: I heard you were quite busy during the Olympic break. Congratulations on your proposal to longtime girlfriend Danielle Rhodes.
Bobby Ryan: We did; we got engaged in Paris. It was pretty cool, so thank you.
KT: You do realize you’ve set the bar incredibly high for men everywhere by proposing atop the Eiffel Tower?
BR: I waited so long to propose I had to go all in, so that was my only choice.