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Ryan Craig, 35, captain and left wing for the Cleveland Monsters, and his wife Jaydee weren’t just looking for the best hockey situation when they moved to Northeast Ohio last year, but also a good community and schools.
“We have been in many cities that we never thought we would be in,” Jaydee says. “We have found something special everywhere we have been. We were welcomed here with open arms and it was a really easy transition.”
Ryan agrees, adding the couple prepared their kids, son Carson, 9, and daughters Kylie, 7, and Camryn, 3, for the move more than a year ago.
It has been a busy year for the family.
Along with his hockey teammates, Ryan celebrated the Monsters winning the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Championship last June.
His family was along with him for the ride.
“I was lucky that my family — parents, brother, wife and children — was there to support me for that special moment,” Ryan says.
Each player has an opportunity to take the Calder Cup home to show family and friends. When asked what the Craig family did with the coveted trophy, Ryan recalls, “We washed it out and ate ice cream out of it.”
They also took it on a road trip to the family’s lake house in Canada and even on a boat ride. Jaydee says it was extra special for Ryan to share the trophy experience with his grandfather, who has since passed away from cancer.
The Cleveland Monsters hockey team, the defending champions, are now well into their 2016-17 season and are working toward a playoff berth.
A History of Hockey
The couple — Ryan, from Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Jaydee, a former figure skater from Brandon, Manitoba — were engaged 12 years ago on Valentine’s Day.
Asya Akkus, eighth-grader at Gilmour Academy, moved her fingers gracefully across the keys of the new Steinway grand piano during a welcoming ceremony.
The school was celebrating the three new pianos at its Lower School, including the one Asya played, that were delivered last month.
The three are the first of 10 Steinway and Sons grand pianos that will make their way to the school over the next four years in the effort to become a Steinway Select K-12 School.
The program was introduced 15 months ago when Gilmour alumni and current parent Matthew P. Figgie saw a need to replace the school’s aging pianos.
Figgie, founder and CEO of Figgie Capital and chairman of The Figgie Foundation, donated funds to install all new Steinway and Sons grand pianos at Gilmour, including a Steinway Spirio piano for the Tudor House and a Steinway Model D Concert Grand for the school’s future Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts. Steinways also will be placed in the school’s Our Lady Chapel, Murphy Residence Hall and Kelley Middle School.
“This will be great for the school for years to come,” Figgie says about the Steinway initiative. “I am very proud to do this with the help of others.”
Gilmour will be the first private K-12 school in the Midwest to earn a Steinway Select K-12 distinction, an honor held by only eight schools in the country to date. To have the Steinway Select distinction, schools must have an all-Steinway campus.
“Gilmour’s mission has always been to educate the whole child — mind and heart,” says Kathy Kenny, head of school. “The Steinway pianos provide us with the ability to educate students who are passionate and interested in the performing arts.” She adds that all students will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the grand pianos....