Ryan calls Burke, USA Hockey 'gutless' after snub

USA's David Backesand (facing) is congratulated by teammates Brian Rafalski (28), Bobby Ryan (54)...

USA's David Backesand (facing) is congratulated by teammates Brian Rafalski (28), Bobby Ryan (54) and Ryan Callahan during a goal against Team Switzerland during second period Olympic hockey action at GM Place Vancouver, B.C., in this 2010 file photo. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan might be disappointed hes not going to Sochi.

Hes even more upset with comments on ESPN.com from Calgary Flames president Brian Burke, who indicated at Team USA meetings that Ryan wasnt named to the U.S. roster Wednesday because he doesnt have enough intensity in his game.

Reacting for the first time since being snubbed, Ryan told a throng of reporters Thursday at the Canadian Tire Centre he didnt like what Burke had to say in the comments that were revealed to a reporter who was given all access by USA Hockey.

At one point Ryan referred to the comments as "gutless."

They were direct quotes and its unfortunate they feel that way, said Ryan. Thats their opinions and theyve got to form a team. I guess to a certain degree you have to respect it.

You dont have to agree with it, right? But you could have just cut me. You didnt have to ... Actually I almost feel degraded when it comes out like that. It is what it is. Thats their decision. Thats how they feel about it. I will remember it and use it as motivation.

Ryan said he will spend the second half of the NHL season trying to show he should have been invited.

It makes you want to prove them wrong, said Ryan. I spent the first half trying to prove them wrong. I felt I was the odd man out even in the summer in my conversations.

I did my best. I felt I took a pretty good run at it but ultimately fell short. Thats what Ill try to do in the second half.


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