Kinasewich Leads Utah Scoring Despite Late Arrival

By Maggie Thach
The Salt Lake Tribune

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The Utah Grizzlies’ Ryan Kinasewich didn’t think it would take this long. Kinasewich, a native of Canada, was assigned to Utah from the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose when the Grizzlies were already in training camp.

He had to apply for his immigration visa late and it took longer than expected.

In his first year as a pro, it took just five days. This time, it took about three weeks, forcing him to miss the first five games of the season.

“I could practice, but I couldn’t play. That would put me on the payroll and the team couldn’t do that,” Kinasewich said. “It was pretty frustrating to sit in the stands, watching plays develop and not being able to be a part of them.”

Kinasewich doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. Since he came back Nov. 3, Kinasewich has turned into the team’s leading scorer. Heading into Wednesday’s series against Fresno, he is eighth in the ECHL in scoring with 59 points and tied for fourth with the most goals (29).

He had a hand in goals in 12 of the last 14 games, with his best performance coming in a win over Long Beach on Feb. 7. He had a goal and three assists.

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