Each year, Hit The Ice invites professional trainers and athletes, including NHL players, to meet with the boys and help them improve by sharing their knowledge of the game, their athletic expertise and their life experience. These encounters with pros and trainers are something that HTI players and viewers alike await with relish each year.
Centre, Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Garbutt got his start as an elite player with a four-year collegiate hockey career while attending Brown University. He became a pro in 2009, joining the CHL to play for the Corpus Christi Icerays. He then moved to the ECHL and the American Hockey League. Garbutt signed his first NHL contract as a free agent, and played for the Dallas Stars in 2011-12. Four years later, he played one season with the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to Anaheim.