Ryan Coyne

Our next “Where are they now” Feature is going to venture into the MAP/MEGA realm. Ryan Coyne has been involved with MAP/MEGA since 2008 as a member and a staff member before settling into his full time gig. The Maple Grove Crimson Goalie was a 2 time All Conference Member and Star Tribune 1stTeam All Metro his Senior season (10/11) where he posted a 20-4-2 record and had a single season record of 8 shutout that season.  Ryan also still holds all the Crimson goaltending records. Those being most played (51), most saves (1088), most wins (33), GAA (2.00), Save % (91%) and Most shutouts (12). After that Ryan moved on to play in the NAHL for the Chicago Hitmen for a year and then to the hometown team the Minnesota Gophers from 2012-2016 where he was a part of 4 straight regular season conference championships, 1 Big Ten Playoff title, 3 NCAA tournament berths, and an appearance in the 2014 National Championship.

Currently Ryan works for Schwan’s company in the finance department. A lot of the tools Ryan learned through hockey have helped him get to where he is now. Owner/Mentor/Coach Justin Johnson has this to say about Ryan, “From the first time I met Ryan you could tell he was detail oriented, competitive, and determined. Those traits served him well in his hockey career and in his success as a business professional. In addition Ryan has always been a stand out person and a great friend and teammate.” Check out Ryan’s answers to learn more.

When did you start playing hockey?

I started playing hockey around the age of 4, but I became a full time goalie when I was 8.

When did you start with MAP? What was your favorite thing about being a Member and Coach? 

My first year with MAP was so long ago it’s hard for me to even pin point the year. I was either 14 or 15 so that would be about 2008. I actually was a member of MAP before Justin Johnson was even involved, and I was working with him through Mental Edge when he joined MAP full time. He remained my main goalie coach through high school, juniors, and college as well. The access to quality coaches, ice time, competition, and workout facilities was the best thing about being a MAP member. It really just gives the athletes an incredible opportunity to develop into whatever level of player they want. It puts the development of the player in their own hands, and has nearly every resource one would need to achieve any goal they set forth for themselves. Being a coach with MEGA has given me the chance to pass down some of the experiences and knowledge I gained playing hockey throughout the years and at the various levels that I had a chance to be a part of.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a young upcoming hockey player?

I would say most of all to enjoy it, take pride in the work that you do and hold yourself accountable for your own development. Really the sky is the limit to what you can accomplish in this game for nearly every player, how far you get will be determined by the work you put in and the standard of character that you live by. Every team you ever play on will be different, being able to excel in whatever team environment you are put in carries a lot of weight as well, not just individual performance at all levels. Excel at the things you do best, whatever type of player or role that might be. No two players are the same.

Now that you have graduated from University of Minnesota, what are you doing now?

I currently work for Schwan’s Company in corporate finance, and I have been working here for nearly three years now. I knew that college would be the end of my career so I accepted an internship here in finance between my junior and senior year of college and had a full time job offer before my senior year classes even started. It allowed me to enjoy my senior year in school and made for a smooth transition out of college and my hockey career.

What do you like most about your job?

My job is all about making sure that our business is running as efficient and as profitable as possible. This means that I get a large overview look at our business and gives me the opportunity to learn a lot about our overall business processes and decision making. It provides a unique perspective and also opens the doors for a lot of other different potential positions in the future based on my ever changing interests.

How has hockey and/or MAP prepared you for life after hockey?

MAP gave me all the tools I needed to achieve whatever level of “success” or goals I set for myself. They put the ball in my court and supported me with whatever goals I communicated to them. Once the college classes are over and you begin your career whatever it is that might be, the ball is in your court. No one is going to tell you how hard to work, or when your classes are or give you a grade. You set the standard for yourself and how you work, and the measure of success isn’t so black and white as it is in hockey. You don’t leave work at the end of the day looking at a scoreboard. What determines your wins and losses is how you show up, the quality of work you produce, and the standard you hold yourself to. MAP provides this level of responsibility and accountability, and has helped me prepare for life after hockey tremendously. Our next “Where are they now” Feature is going to venture into the MAP/MEGA realm. Ryan Coyne has been involved with MAP/MEGA since 2008 as a member and a staff member before settling into his full time gig. The Maple Grove Crimson Goalie was a 2 time All Conference Member and Star Tribune 1stTeam All Metro his Senior season (10/11) where he posted a 20-4-2 record and had a single season record of 8 shutout that season.  Ryan also still holds all the Crimson goaltending records. Those being most played (51), most saves (1088), most wins (33), GAA (2.00), Save % (91%) and Most shutouts (12). After that Ryan moved on to play in the NAHL for the Chicago Hitmen for a year and then to the hometown team the Minnesota Gophers from 2012-2016 where he was a part of 4 straight regular season conference championships, 1 Big Ten Playoff title, 3 NCAA tournament berths, and an appearance in the 2014 National Championship.

Currently Ryan works for Schwan’s company in the finance department. A lot of the tools Ryan learned through hockey have helped him get to where he is now. Owner/Mentor/Coach Justin Johnson has this to say about Ryan, “From the first time I met Ryan you could tell he was detail oriented, competitive, and determined. Those traits served him well in his hockey career and in his success as a business professional. In addition Ryan has always been a stand out person and a great friend and teammate.”Check out Ryan’s answers to learn more.

When did you start playing hockey?

I started playing hockey around the age of 4, but I became a full time goalie when I was 8.

When did you start with MAP? What was your favorite thing about being a Member and Coach? 

My first year with MAP was so long ago it’s hard for me to even pin point the year. I was either 14 or 15 so that would be about 2008. I actually was a member of MAP before Justin Johnson was even involved, and I was working with him through Mental Edge when he joined MAP full time. He remained my main goalie coach through high school, juniors, and college as well. The access to quality coaches, ice time, competition, and workout facilities was the best thing about being a MAP member. It really just gives the athletes an incredible opportunity to develop into whatever level of player they want. It puts the development of the player in their own hands, and has nearly every resource one would need to achieve any goal they set forth for themselves. Being a coach with MEGA has given me the chance to pass down some of the experiences and knowledge I gained playing hockey throughout the years and at the various levels that I had a chance to be a part of.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a young upcoming hockey player?

I would say most of all to enjoy it, take pride in the work that you do and hold yourself accountable for your own development. Really the sky is the limit to what you can accomplish in this game for nearly every player, how far you get will be determined by the work you put in and the standard of character that you live by. Every team you ever play on will be different, being able to excel in whatever team environment you are put in carries a lot of weight as well, not just individual performance at all levels. Excel at the things you do best, whatever type of player or role that might be. No two players are the same.

Now that you have graduated from University of Minnesota, what are you doing now?

I currently work for Schwan’s Company in corporate finance, and I have been working here for nearly three years now. I knew that college would be the end of my career so I accepted an internship here in finance between my junior and senior year of college and had a full time job offer before my senior year classes even started. It allowed me to enjoy my senior year in school and made for a smooth transition out of college and my hockey career.

What do you like most about your job?

My job is all about making sure that our business is running as efficient and as profitable as possible. This means that I get a large overview look at our business and gives me the opportunity to learn a lot about our overall business processes and decision making. It provides a unique perspective and also opens the doors for a lot of other different potential positions in the future based on my ever changing interests.

Ryan Coyne How has hockey and/or MAP prepared you for life after hockey?

MAP gave me all the tools I needed to achieve whatever level of “success” or goals I set for myself. They put the ball in my court and supported me with whatever goals I communicated to them. Once the college classes are over and you begin your career whatever it is that might be, the ball is in your court. No one is going to tell you how hard to work, or when your classes are or give you a grade. You set the standard for yourself and how you work, and the measure of success isn’t so black and white as it is in hockey. You don’t leave work at the end of the day looking at a scoreboard. What determines your wins and losses is how you show up, the quality of work you produce, and the standard you hold yourself to. MAP provides this level of responsibility and accountability, and has helped me prepare for life after hockey tremendously.

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