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Yarmouth's Ryan Graves with former minor hockey coaches John Murphy (left) and Adam Churchill (right) in front of a new display at Mariners Centre. (Acadia News Photo)

New display honours Yarmouth NHLer Ryan Graves

By Kevin Northup Aug 15, 2023 | 5:10 PM

A new exhibit recognizing Yarmouth’s Ryan Graves at Mariners Centre.

Memorbilia of the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman is on display on the upper concourse.

He also had his number 27 jersey retired by Yarmouth County Minor Hockey.

Graves says it’s an honour.

“It’s something I never thought would happen or was necessary, but this is pretty cool. The best part is for the kids here to have something to look at, and know that they can achieve their goals, whether that be in hockey or not,” said Graves.

The 28-year old is the second player from Yarmouth to make the NHL, after Jody Shelley.

He’s in town hosting his annual hockey school this week.

“I hope the players are having a fun week, and they can look back on it when they’re older and have good memories. That’s the goal here, and I hope we’re achieving that.”

Graves played the last two seasons for the New Jersey Devils, and signed a 6-year deal with the Penguins last month, worth $4.5 million a season.

He’s looking forward to playing with fellow Nova Scotian Sidney Crosby.

“I was very excited when they reached out and had interest. I’m glad to stay on the East coast, I can’t wait to form a bond with that group. Players like Sid and Erik Karlsson are dominant in the league, I’m looking forward to it.”

The Penguins are playing the Ottawa Senators in a preseason game in Halifax in October.

Graves says he’d love to lace them up at Scotiabank Centre one more time.

“You never know what will happen, but I know Sid is excited about it, and there are guys on the Sens from Nova Scotia too. We’ll see what happens but that would be exciting.”

Click play below to hear Kevin Northup’s full interview with Ryan Graves.

A banner will hang at Mariners Centre, retiring Ryan Graves' number 27. (Acadia News Photo)


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