Ryan John Phillips

Former Canadian pro Hockey player

Ryan Phillips was a Canadian pro Hockey player who played for the Wichita Thunder and Waco Wizards and was at height of his fame and game prowess when he was arrested for importing a large amount of marijuana into the United States over the Canadian border. Phillips was incarcerated and detained and then, later, upon his release, prohibited from re-entering for life by Homeland Security. He embarked on a journey of self-actualization and realization that resulted in a documentary called Return to Happiness. By the end of filming, Phillips was, finally allowed by the U.S. to be able to visit the country and his heart, his daughter Sadie. Phillips is concerned with delineating a new way of manhood and masculinity and also with bringing joy into a sometimes joyless world.


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