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The Straight Edge: Surprise cuts from training camps

The Straight Edge: Surprise cuts from training camps

by Ryan Kennedy - October 1, 2010 12:45 PM EDT

As training camps near their end, we take a look at some players who were surprise cuts, or at least surprising in how quickly they were sent packing.
It’s tough cracking an NHL roster and even the best players have felt the heartache of being cut in the past, but sometimes getting the chop has meaning in a bigger team sense.


The Straight Edge: The story of an unlikely play-by-play announcer

The Straight Edge: The story of an unlikely play-by-play announcer

by Ryan Kennedy - September 24, 2010 12:40 PM EDT

A native of Alabama, Jerry L. Bowman doesn't come from a hockey hotbed, but he's lived and breathed the game since he was a kid.
By his reckoning, Jerry L. Bowman is a rarity in the hockey world – a play-by-play man who also happens to be African-American. Making his story even more unique is the fact Bowman comes from the South – the deep South.


The Straight Edge: Penn State Div I program strengthens NCAA landscape

The Straight Edge: Penn State Div I program strengthens NCAA landscape

by Ryan Kennedy - September 17, 2010 12:05 PM EDT

Adding a major athletic program to the NCAA hockey fold would be attractive for players and television networks.
Division I hockey is coming to Penn State University. And with that, the NCAA landscape gets a lot more enticing. During a summer where high-profile player defections to major junior and the pro ranks humbled the college game, the announcement of a Nittany Lions squad taking root is huge news – and not just for those in the greater State College, Pa.


The Straight Edge: How an AHL stint prepares prospects for NHL life

The Straight Edge: How an AHL stint prepares prospects for NHL life

by Ryan Kennedy - September 10, 2010 12:55 PM EDT

With more kids jumping straight from junior to the NHL, the AHL stop can be forgotten, but it's still vitally important to help some take the next step.
Lost in the recent trend of prospects going straight from the draft podium to the NHL is the fact the American League still provides an invaluable service for players on the rise.


The Straight Edge: Stamkos and others thrive with Roberts' regimen

The Straight Edge: Stamkos and others thrive with Roberts' regimen

by Ryan Kennedy - September 3, 2010 11:22 AM EDT

Former NHLer and fitness freak Gary Roberts has a growing number of players who are seeking his sage advice to improve their games.
Last summer, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos trained with former NHLer Gary Roberts just outside Toronto. The end result was 51 goals and a Rocket Richard Trophy, a title Stamkos shared with Sidney Crosby.


The Straight Edge: Four CHL teams to watch in 2010-11

The Straight Edge: Four CHL teams to watch in 2010-11

by Ryan Kennedy - August 26, 2010 1:15 PM EDT

With the CHL season quickly on the way, we look at some of the most intriguing teams from across the country to keep an eye on this season.
Last year, just about this time, I took a look at some of the major junior teams I was excited to see in the upcoming season. With a flurry of news drastically altering the rosters of some big-name franchises this summer, why not go back to that well for the 2010-11 campaign? The Mississauga-St.


The Straight Edge: Candidates to go first overall in 2011

The Straight Edge: Candidates to go first overall in 2011

by Ryan Kennedy - August 20, 2010 11:50 AM EDT

Without a runaway No. 1 to point to, we look at what the goals of the three front-runners should be this season and how others can catch them.
If there was one definite from the opening game at the NHL’s Research and Development Camp on Wednesday, it’s that Red Deer Rebels center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins can pretty much score at will.


The Straight Edge: Songs I'd play as an NHL arena DJ

The Straight Edge: Songs I'd play as an NHL arena DJ

by Ryan Kennedy - August 13, 2010 10:40 AM EDT

A musical enthusiast, Ryan Kennedy writes about the program he would put together if it was up to him to bring the crowd to its feet.
It’s no secret around the THN offices that I would love to pick the music played at a hockey game; I even interviewed Pittsburgh’s game night producer for a playoff article a couple years back.


The Straight Edge: What the Bruins should do with Tyler Seguin

The Straight Edge: What the Bruins should do with Tyler Seguin

by Ryan Kennedy - July 30, 2010 11:40 AM EDT

Boston's salary cap issues could very well keep the No. 2 overall pick off the roster, but that wouldn't necessary be a bad thing.
To be sure, Tyler Seguin made a fantastic impression on the Boston faithful when he took to the ice at the Bruins’ development camp earlier this summer.


The Straight Edge: NHL agent proof diversity has taken hold in hockey

The Straight Edge: NHL agent proof diversity has taken hold in hockey

by Ryan Kennedy - July 23, 2010 12:40 PM EDT

Player agent Eustace King, whose clients include THN coverboys Wayne Simmonds and Chris Stewart, is helping pave the way for a new generation of hockey players.
In the latest issue of The Hockey News, senior writer Ken Campbell uncovered the inspiring story of Chris Stewart and Wayne Simmonds, two rising NHL stars who came from hard-scrabble roots.


The Straight Edge: NCAA recruitment rule would benefit Canadian League

The Straight Edge: NCAA recruitment rule would benefit Canadian League

by Ryan Kennedy - July 16, 2010 12:35 PM EDT

A proposed new NCAA rule would limit when hockey programs can offer scholarships to players, which would give the CHL a leg up.
When Atlanta Thrashers third-rounder Julian Melchiori reaffirmed his commitment to play for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks recently, it was a nice story, but not exactly a front-page barnburner.


The Straight Edge: Jay Feaster will bring balance to Flames

The Straight Edge: Jay Feaster will bring balance to Flames

by Ryan Kennedy - July 9, 2010 10:55 AM EDT

For a fanbase in desperate need of some good news, a Cup-winning pedigree in upper-management is just what the doctor ordered in Calgary.
Calgary fans, enjoy yourself this weekend. Your Flames brain trust just got a lot smarter thanks to the hiring of Jay Feaster as the team’s assistant GM.


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