The newest member of the Grand Rapids Griffins isn’t unique in that he’s the offspring of a former pro hockey player. Dylan St. Cyr’s claim to fame is that in his case, he is following in his mother’s footprints.
Goaltender St. Cyr, signed by the Griffins to an amateur tryout contract, is the son of female netminding pioneer Manon Rheaume. Currently the Hockey Operations/Prospect Advisor for the Los Angeles Kings, on Sept. 23, 1992, Rheaume made pro hockey history by playing one period of an NHL preseason game for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues.
UPDATE: The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday signed goaltender Dylan St. Cyr to an amateur tryout #GoGRG
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Rheaume would go on to play minor pro in the IHL, WCHL and ECHL from 1992-95. Prior to joining the Kings, she served as Little Caesars AAA Hockey girls program director. Last season, Rheaume worked as an analyst on Bally Sports Detroit broadcasts of Red Wings games.
Griffins Add St. Cyr From Spartans
St. Cyr, 23, was playing this season for the Michigan State Spartans. He went 17-18-2 with a 2.77 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. In 2021-22 he notched a NCAA-best 1.16 GAA in 13 games at Quinnipiac University to go along with a .936 save percentage and a 10-2-1 ledger. St. Cyr, a Las Vegas native, also spent four seasons at the University of Notre Dame and showed a combined 16-12-2 mark. He won back-to-back Big Ten tournament titles at Notre Dame from 2017-19.
Mother and son also share impressive international hockey resumes. In 2017, the 5-foot-8 St. Cyr was named to the World Junior Championship All-Star Team when he went 7-0 and paced the tournament with a 1.96 GAA for Team USA, en route to collecting a gold medal. Rheaume won a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics for Team Canada in Nagano, Japan, amassing a 2-1 mark and a tournament-best 1.15 GAA.
The Grffins found themselves shy of netminders. There was an injury to Victor Brattstrom and the recalling of Alex Nedeljkovic to the parent Detroit Red Wings. John Lethemon was the only remining healthy goalie in Grand Rapids. Lethemon was recently signed to an NHL contract by the Red Wings.