It is said that you can tell a lot about a man by his dog. That is not the case with Ryan Ellis. At least not when it comes to his hockey career.
The 27-year-old Nashville Predators defenseman and his wife, Kaitlyn, have a two-year-old Rottweiler, a breed known for its brutish size, which, according to the American Kennel Club, “observes the outside world with a self-assured aloofness.”
Ellis’ self-confidence always has been evident, but in his case that belief manifested itself more in the manner of a Jack Russell Terrier. He never considered the possibility he was – in terms of traditional metrics – too small to measure up on the sport’s biggest stage no matter how many people tried to tell him otherwise. And he certainly is not aloof when it comes to his place in the dressing room. In...
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