Grand Falls-native Terry Ryan Sr. was the third Newfoundland& Labrador-born player to play in a professional hockey league when he wore sweater #18 in 1972-73 with the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the newly formed World Hockey Association.
Terry was in the middle of his third season of junior hockey with the Hamilton Red Wings when he was selected in the 1972 WHA General Draft held February 12-13, 1972 in Anaheim, CA. He was also selected in the fourth round (44th overall) by Minnesota North Stars in the 1972 NHL Amateur Draft but chose to play with the Fighting Saints in the first season of the WHA. Terry would score 13 goals in 76 games that season and would set a WHA record of most short-handed goals in one season with six.
Minnesota would issue a set of player postcards in their inaugural 1972-73,season.
This is a Youtube link to a short summary of the 1972-73 Season that shows couple brief clips of #18 in action with the Saints. eg. 3:54
Terry Ryan was inducted into the Newfoundland Amateur Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 2000.