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Grandview Honours Hometown NHL Hero

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Every hockey fan and player in rural Manitoba has passed by a NHL player’s home community hockey sign at one point and time.

This past Friday, Grandview presented its hometown hockey hero, Ryan Pulock, with a sign commemorating his time growing up and playing hockey in the community and now as a NHL player with the New York Islanders.

“The first pro hockey player’s sign I saw up in a community when I was younger would have been Theo Fleury’s in Russell,” Pulock said. “When I got older, I can recall seeing Cody McLeod’s sign up by Binscarth. The unveiling of the sign acknowledging that I came from Grandview is very special to me. I’m very honoured for the community to recognize me in this way. Growing up in Grandview, the people from here have always supported me very well and now to have a sign up in the community means a lot to me."

“Having people from my home community come out for the unveiling of the sign shows just how much they’ve supported the success I’ve had playing hockey. It’s the kind of support a person wouldn’t necessarily get, coming from a bigger city center. Being raised in a small town, I was very fortunate to call everyone family and they wanted to see me succeed just as much as I wanted to be successful in my career.”

For Pulock’s parents, Dave and Tannis, the event is just as special.

“I feel so overwhelmed and a little emotional, about the spirit and compassion that our community has for our son and his achievements,” said Tannis. “There’s a saying that goes, ‘it take a village to raise a child’, and that really resonates with me. Back in the day our three boys had a lawn mowing business and they were very busy and people supported them. Those same individuals came to the rink to cheer them on when they played hockey. The support we’ve had in this community through tragedy and triumph has been unbelievable. We’re very happy to have raised our family here in Grandview.”

Grandview’s sign commemorating Ryan Pulock’s hockey achievements is located just before the junction of Hwy. 5 and Main Street.

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