Ducks' Bobby Ryan loving offseason life in Idaho
JUN 18, 2013 8:07a ET
His magnificent 6,500-square foot, 5-bedroom home sits on the 15th hole of a golf course with the breathtaking Grand Teton Mountains as the backdrop.
"The views here are just spectacular," Ryan said. "For a guy who likes to play golf as much as I do, it's the ideal place to lay low in the offseason and take my mind off playing hockey.
"This place is like my sanctuary."
With everything from flyfishing to mountain biking, Idaho provides the perfect lifestyle change that allows him to recharge his batteries after long and grueling season. When the day winds down it's time to hit his favorite room in the house, simply known as "the cellar."
An avid wine collector, the wine cellar holds in excess of 1,000 bottles that Ryan has no problem keeping well stocked.
His passion for wine started about five years ago when former teammate and current Ducks director of player development, Todd Marchant, took Ryan out for a steak dinner and suggested that his steak would go perfect with a glass of red wine — and there has been no looking back.
Collecting wine has become a hobby for Ryan and he has even taken classes to further educate himself on everything from being able to detect the type of wine to which ones are best paired with different types of food.
His collection of bottles range in price from moderate to very expensive, highlighted by a 1987 Chateau Lafite Rothschild ($3,400) that he received as a gift following the Vancouver Olympics under the stipulation that he can't open the bottle until he gets married.
One bottle he wished he never uncorked was a $2,500 Amarone bottle that he received as gift for being nominated for the Rookie of the Year back in 2009.
"What hurts the most is that I can't even remember opening the bottle or how that bottle tasted. What a waste," Ryan said. "I felt horrible until my buddy who gave me the bottle and drank it with me couldn't remember a thing either."
Wine is not his only hobby outside the rink — he has a love for cars.
An Audi A8 appears to be the car of choice if you play for the Ducks. He is one of three players on the team that have the car including avid collector, Teemu Selanne.
"No, we didn't get a group rate on the A8, but it is a little weird seeing three of them parked in the team parking lot," Ryan added.
When he's not driving the Audi, he can slum it in his Bentley.
"I told my dad when I was 19 that if I signed a contract for a certain amount of money that I would buy a Bentley," Ryan said
It's a good guess his five-year, $25.5 million contract would probably cover the cost.
"I've had fun with the Bentley but it may be on trading block within the next year," Ryan said.
The trading block is something that Ryan is accustomed to.
For the past three seasons, he has been a constant subject of trade rumors. Last summer, the talks heated up again but following a phone conversation with Ducks GM Bob Murray, Ryan was given assurances that the team was not actively shopping him, something which pleased him to no end.
Though he grew up in South Jersey, his ties in Southern California go back to his days of playing youth hockey in Los Angeles where he won a national championship with of all teams, the Junior Kings.
While he is still in the prime of his career, life after hockey could include pursuing his another passion, this time in architecture.
"I love architecture because I loved the control you have in creating things, and you can make each thing your own," Ryan said. "I still draw things out the way I see them."
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