Sports therapists are the backbone of every team and Ryan Bennett has been in that role for a number of local teams, helping many athletes over the years.
Now, he needs the help of the community.
Bennett was the last therapist for the Belleville Bulls, who moved to Hamilton following the 2014-15 season. Wanting to stay in the area, he was hired by the Kingston Frontenacs and was with the team until 2018 when he accepted the job as Head Athletic Therapist for Queen’s Athletics. In that role Bennett oversees all of the varsity teams at the school.
Bennett was injured in a freak accident at home last week and is in an intensive care unit in Kingston. He is conscious, however his road to recovery will be long. It is expected that he will be in hospital for up to eight weeks.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to assist Bennett and his family through this challenging ordeal. In looking at the list of former and current players and coaches who have donated to the page, it’s easy to see the impact Bennett has had on the teams he’s been associated with.
“Ryan is one of the best people that I have met in hockey – In life, for that matter,” said Justin Chenier, Director of Business Operations for the Kingston Frontenacs. “He’s an incredible family man who put in countless hours with us.”
Please consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign here to help Bennett and his family get through this difficult time. If you can’t, please keep him and his family in your thoughts.
Tim “The Coach” Cunningham has played every sport ever. His inside knowledge can be heard and seen on radio, television and in print across Canada. Follow him on twitter at @TheCoachTC.