KOSICE, Slovakia - Derek Ryan, understandably, is proud to be draped in the familiar colours of the American flag.
By his own admission, though, there was a time where he could've potentially swapped blue for the green, and the stars and stripes for the horizontal tri-colour of the Hungarian flag.
"It's funny," starts Ryan, currently representing Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia. "My first year in Europe I was playing in Hungary, and they were talking to me about maybe staying with that team.
"If I played there for four or five years, I could get a Hungarian passport and maybe have a chance to play in the World Championship someday against the USA or Canada.
"Now here I am playing for the USA against Canada. It's pretty ironic.
"My journey gets talked about all the time, but it's pretty cool to just sit back and look at where I've come from since then."