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Ex-Red Wings Forward Ryan Arrested In Nashville

Forward Bobby Ryan, who spent the 2021 season with the Red Wings, was arrested Monday at Nashville Airport



Former Red Wings forward Bobby Ryan was jailed in Nashville for public intoxication.

Former Detroit Red Wings forward Bobby Ryan, who won the Masterton Trophy in 2020 after overcoming substance abuse issues and returning to play in the NHL, apparently has suffered a relapse.

Ryan, who spent the 2020-21 NHL season with the Red Wings, spent Monday in a Nashville jail. Police ended up placing him under arrest for public intoxication at the Nashville International Airport.

According to reporting from, Ryan was seen taking several items from an airport store without paying. Airport police were given notification of this, setting out searching for Ryan. Abandoning the stolen items on a counter, Ryan ended up entering Little Harpeth Brewing with the police in pursuit. He was found sitting at the bar, awaiting a drink he’d just ordered.

According to the police report, Ryan was suffering from the effects of extreme intoxication. He was non-compliant with the officers. Upon questioning, he couldn’t tell the police officers the date, the time of day, or in fact where he was. He also struggled to stand on his own feet.

With the store opting not to press charges, Ryan was taken into custody, facing charges of public intoxication. Following the standard eight-hour public intoxication hold, police were giving Ryanhis release, dropping all charges.

Ryan Spent Time In NHL Substance Abuse Program

In November of 2019 when he was playing for the Ottawa Senators, Ryan was opting to enter into the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, citing issues with alcohol abuse.

He made a return to the ice on Feb. 25, 2020, oddly enough in Nashville against the Predators. In his first home game back, Ryan scored a hat trick. September of 2020 saw presentation of the Masterton Trophy to him as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

At the time, he spoke of his battle with alcoholism.

“Getting help and learning and becoming better in all aspects of my life is certainly better than the alternative and the way that I was headed,” he told “The things that I’ve learned about myself, the secondary life, the new life I’ve built. It means more to me than chasing the Cup.”

Signed With Detroit In 2020

The Red Wings were opting to sign Ryan as a free agent prior to the COVID-19 delayed 2021 NHL season. He would finish with 7-7-14 totals in 33 games.


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Detroit wound up offering him a pro tryout invitation to training camp last season. However, nearing the end of the NHL preseason, the Red Wings were giving Ryan his release.

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Robert Alpiner

We don’t care.


I really wish the best for you Bobby. You seem like a good guy and a great hockey player. No shame in getting help.

Gordon Cheswick

I feel sorry for these players, who at an early age, get into heavy drinking and even drugs. I’ve seen 16,17,18 year old players drinking in bars and pubs as the owners of the bars turn a blind eye. Too many house parties where kids are offered unlimited drinks after a game.
Some just cannot control it. Ryan is one of many. Doug Harvey, a great defense an for Montreal in the 50’s, died in an alley a drunk and homeless.
Team education is a MUST – and I mean actual team meetings with specialists. Owners and coaches also have to keep the eyes OPEN. The days when a wink from an authority meant ‘don’t worry about the rules’ should be over!!!

Steve B

Really sad to see this. Bobby was a popular Red Wing. I was dissapointed when he didn’t make the cut on his second season but the management obviously saw something they didn’t want to take a risk on. He was doing really well for us until Blashill’s system started killing the joy for everyone mid-season onwards in his first season and after that didn’t seem to be playing with the same joy and freedom that he did when the season started. I always blamed Blashill for the decline of that season (and last season, and any other season where we started brightly but then bombed out). I think under a different coach, Bobby would have had a better chance to stick around for another year. Blashill had a way of killing players joy for the game and stiffling production of the forwards in particular. You cant play your best if you dont feel joy. You cant play at all if the coach’s system suffocates you.

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Gord Cheswick

GEECH!!! Same ole crap about Blashill.

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