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A third Chyzowski makes it to WHL

Ryan set to make debut with Medicine Hat
By Gregg Drinnan
November 5, 2015 8:44 P.M.
Ryan Chyzowski of Kamloops is to make his WHL debut this weekend. (Photo: tigershockey.com)

A third member of Kamloops’ Chyzowski family is about to play in the WHL.
Ryan Chyzowski, 15, has signed with the Medicine Hat Tigers and is expected to play tonight in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice. He also is expected to be in the Tigers’ lineup on Saturday when they are at home against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Chyzowski, 6-foot-0 and 170 pounds, is playing for the major midget Thompson Blazers. He has six points, four of them goals, in nine games. The Tigers took him with the 17th overall selection of the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft.
A WHL rule prohibits 15-year-old players from being on team rosters. However, those players are permitted to play up to five games before their club teams have their seasons conclude.
“Ryan is a big, strong forward who possesses a tremendous work ethic, good shot and has great character qualities we look for in a Tiger,” Darren Kruger, the Tigers’ senior director of player development, said in a news release.
Chyzowski’s older brother, Nick, is in his third WHL season with the Kamloops Blazers. He was the 44th overall selection in the 2012 bantam draft. In his first two WHL seasons, he totalled 21 points, nine of them goals, in 123 games. This season, he has four goals and two assists in 13 games.
Their father, Dave, played two full seasons (1987-89) and seven games in 1989-90 with the Blazers. He went on to play 126 NHL games after the New York Islanders took him with the second overall selection in the 1989 draft. He finished his professional career in Europe and now is the Blazers’ director of sales and marketing.

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