Bruins' Ryder focused on more than hockey

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:04 PM ET

BUFFALO — Michael Ryder is playing with some extra weight on his mind in these playoffs.

The Boston Bruins forward is concerned for his younger brother Daniel, a one-time prospect himself, who is undergoing difficult times off of the ice.

Daniel, who played for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL and was a third-round pick of the Calgary Flames, was charged with armed robbery of a convenience store in his hometown of Bonavista, Nfld., in January, but thus far has been deemed unfit to stand trial.

Documents obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation revealed the 23-year-old has fought mental illness since age 19 and had ‘a serious psychotic episode’ in the autumn of 2009.

“I talk to my family pretty much every day,” Michael Ryder said Friday at HSBC Arena. “My brother’s situation ... I don’t really feel like talking about.”

Daniel Ryder is said to be slowly responding to medical treatment and officials believe he will eventually stand trial.

For the present, he is mostly confined to the Waterford facility, but is granted passes into his family’s care.


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