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"It was kind of neat. First, when we moved out there, I never knew how to skate. Some would argue I still can't skate. You have to play hockey, or you weren't going to play any sport really. So I learned how to play hockey.
"I always wanted to be out there on the ice. That's what was so weird about hockey; you kept shifting in and out. I was like 'No, I'm going to play goalie because he's out there all the time. Plus he had the coolest equipment.' So that's what I did. I was the catcher in baseball. So I'm just used to having things thrown at me, obviously, as a coach. I was a natural, but it was a lot of fun.
"Toronto is a great town. I never thought I'd see the day where the NFL would be playing a game in Toronto. I certainly never envisioned myself coaching a team that would be playing in Toronto. It's a great opportunity for us. It's a great town, and, hopefully, we can convert some of those hockey fans to become New York Jets fans."Ryan also expressed excitement about taking the NFL to an unusual locale.
"I think it will be great. I think they'll be wanting us to punt on third down. The fact that there's no 55-yard line I think will be a new wrinkle for them, but you'd be surprised. There are a lot of NFL fans right there in that Toronto area.
"Obviously, you've got Buffalo right up the road. I think it's going to be great. I'm glad we're doing it. We just want to win. We don't care if it's in Toronto, in Buffalo or right here. Makes no difference to us. We're going to do whatever it takes to get a win."