Shared Bonds

Ryan Triefeson, a 6th grader at Silas Wood has a special friend who shares a similar bond.
Ryan Triefeson, a 6th grader at Silas Wood has a special friend who shares a similar bond.
Left to right: Ryan Triefeson, his uncle Andrew Treifeson, and New York Islanders Defenseman Travis Hamonic at a recent game.
Left to right: Ryan Triefeson, his uncle Andrew Treifeson, and New York Islanders Defenseman Travis Hamonic at a recent game.

When the New York Islanders Defenseman Travis Hamonic lost his father to a heart attack, Travis was only 10 years old. Hamonic’s story and climb to the pinnacle of hockey is one that he readily shares with area youngsters who have lost a parent.

Ryan Triefeson, a sixth-grader at Silas Wood, tragically lost his father a few years ago. Ryan’s teacher at the time when he was at Maplewood, Daniel Campbell, had heard about Travis Hamonic’s ‘D-Partners’ program and contacted the Islanders about Ryan.

Since the 2012 season Hamonic has met with at least one kid that has lost a parent at a young age after every Islanders home game, taking them on a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena and locker room and speaking with them about his own experiences from losing a parent.

Recently, Ryan Triefeson had his game and spent some time with Travis Hamonic.

Travis Hamonic’s story was featured on ESPN 360 last year and you can see it at:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11915798