Author Tags: Advice, Sports

Cliff Ronning and “Burnaby Joe” Sakic and John Ferguson aren’t the only successful hockey players from Burnaby. Drafted second overall in 1978 by the Washington Capitals, a franchise that made him the youngest captain in NHL history, Ryan Walter played nine seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, winning a Stanley Cup in 1986, learning French and once being selected to play in the all-star game.

During more than one thousand games in the NHL, during which he was elected vice-president of the NHL Players’ Association, Ryan Walter played his last two years with the Vancouver Canucks, serving as an assistant captain. His parents were able to attend all his home games for the first time since he made his mark in Junior Hockey with the Langley Lords at age fifteen.

Upon his retirement from hockey in 1993, Walter, an ardent Christian, has morphed into a play-by-play sidekick for hockey broadcasts, created a hockey board game called Trade Deadline and appeared as the referee in the movie Miracle. His motivational book Off the Bench and into the Game: Eight Success Strategies from Professional Sport (Heritage, 2006) offers pearls of inspirational wisdom such as “Successful people see the big picture” and “Successful people welcome challenges with optimism.”

As well, Mike Johnston and Ryan Walter are the co-editors for a collection of interviews, Simply The Best: Insights and Strategies from Great Hockey Coaches (Heritage, 2004, 2008) and co-authors of Simply the Best: Players on Performance: Players on Performance (Heritage 2007).


Off the Bench and into the Game: Eight Success Strategies from Professional Sport (Heritage, 2006 ) $19.95 978-1-894974-23-3
Hungry: Fuelling Your Best Game (Heritage, 2012) $19.95 978-0-986928-10-9

[BCBW 2012] "Sports" "Advice"