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Diminutive Tesink Brings Lots Of Heart

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

Name: Ryan Tesink
Team: Saint John Sea Dogs
Hometown: Saint John, New Brunswick
Position: Forward
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 161 lbs
2010-2011: 59 games, 8 goals, 27 assists, 96 PIMs
Final Central Scouting Ranking for N.A. Skaters: 47th

Ryan Tesink has s no shortage of idols.

The hard-skating Saint John Sea Dog is often compared to Theo Fleury but Tesink counts himself an admirer of Jonathan Toews.

“I try to play the kind of two-way game he plays,” Tesink said. “He’s a great leader and he has a lot of heart.  He’s a great Canadian hockey player. A Canadian hockey player has real character he never quits; he leads by example and plays through adversity.”

The competitiveness, Tesink, is organic.

“I have always been really competitive, even for fun. I always want to win.

“I have thrown bats in baseball, thrown gloves, probably cried. I just hated to lose growing up.”

Tesink said the things that matters most can’t be measured with a wall chart.

“My skating is my strongest point. Obviously my size is an issue but I make up for it in heart and in effort. I try not to lose any battles on the ice. I just try to be the best player on the ice every shift and do the best I can.”

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