By Bart Wright
The Greenville News
GREENVILLE, S.C. – A few years ago, Paulette Anderson didn’t know a hockey puck from a burnt biscuit, and then one day Ryan Stewart walked in to the Meyer Center for children with special needs.
It was a life-altering event for both of them and hundreds of others.
When Greenville played its home opener on October 24, that was Paulette, the development director at the center and husband Vic, behind the 7-foot long sign that read, “Welcome Home Ryan,” in Section 110, a few rows up from the ice at the Grrrowl’s home opener at the Bi-Lo Center.
Greenville lost its home opener 5-2 to Charlotte, but the group in Section 110 left with smiles on their faces knowing Stewart is back.
Stewart, who played in Greenville for the first four years of the franchise’s existence here, came back to the Grrrowl in an off-season trade and about three days after his arrival he was named team captain.
“It takes no time at all for his kind of leadership to come through,” said Greenville coach John Marks. “You can’t hide it, and everyone in the (locker) room sees it immediately.”