The Straight Edge

The Straight Edge: The lost art of autograph collecting

The Straight Edge: The lost art of autograph collecting

by Ryan Kennedy - December 5, 2008 1:49 PM EST

Getting an autograph from a hero should be a personal experience, but more and more the meaning is being lost.
By and large, hockey players are seen as some of the most humble and accommodating professional athletes around, which is why it’s so awkward to see some of the game’s stars getting snared in uncomfortable business deals lately.


The Straight Edge: Philly looks ready to fly

The Straight Edge: Philly looks ready to fly

by Ryan Kennedy - November 28, 2008 2:10 PM EST

The Flyers have some new faces in the lineup and a swagger that is sure to put the fear in any opponent come playoff time.
Pretty much since the beginning of the franchise’s creation, the Philadelphia Flyers were a team opposing squads didn’t want to face.


The Straight Edge: A difference you can 'C'

The Straight Edge: A difference you can 'C'

by Ryan Kennedy - November 21, 2008 3:20 PM EST

Some teams seem to take the captaincy role lightly, while others smartly use it to its full potential.
The men that wear the ‘C’ have been on my mind for a couple reasons lately, the first of which being that there seem to be fewer of them these days.


The Straight Edge: Looking for some honesty from the NHL, NHLPA

The Straight Edge: Looking for some honesty from the NHL, NHLPA

by Ryan Kennedy - November 14, 2008 2:55 PM EST

Speaking at a conference in Toronto, both Paul Kelly and Gary Bettman made statements best categorized as head-scratchers.
Earlier this week I attended the Prime Time Sports Management Conference in Toronto, hosted by now ex-Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke (he was house-hunting.


The Straight Edge: Nate Hagemo’s long road back to hockey

The Straight Edge: Nate Hagemo’s long road back to hockey

by Ryan Kennedy - November 7, 2008 11:43 AM EST

The ‘05 second round NHL pick has battled substance abuse and had run-ins with the law, but now his comeback begins.
No points and a minus-2 rating usually isn’t something to write home about, but for Elmira Jackals defenseman Nate Hagemo, there’s another stat that’s much sweeter: four games played.


The Straight Edge: Troubled times deep in the heart of Texas

The Straight Edge: Troubled times deep in the heart of Texas

by Ryan Kennedy - October 31, 2008 11:33 AM EDT

The Texas Tech hockey program almost ended up without a home after butting heads with city council in Lubbock.
The Texas Tech University Red Raiders always battle when they take to the ice, but it was a serious donnybrook at Lubbock City Hall that allowed them to keep their dreams alive this season.


The Straight Edge: Campus fight puts Ducks prospect on the sidelines

The Straight Edge: Campus fight puts Ducks prospect on the sidelines

by Ryan Kennedy - October 24, 2008 1:30 PM EDT

Michigan’s Steve Kampfer was involved in an altercation with another Wolverine that ended the defenseman’s season.
How many years do hockey players dedicate to get where they are? You have to assume by the time they've gotten to major junior or the NCAA, the amount of days sacrificing and putting in all those extra hours must be approaching nearly half a player's life, or at least one-third of it.


The Straight Edge: Growing the game in tough economic times

The Straight Edge: Growing the game in tough economic times

by Ryan Kennedy - October 17, 2008 2:55 PM EDT

With the hockey equipment industry shrinking and a threat of a recession very real, initiatives to keep kids playing must be key.
The hockey industry has unfortunately been a forerunner in a very dubious category lately – economic downturns. While global finances, especially in the United States, have taken a beating lately, the manufacturers of hockey equipment have been faced with similar stark realities for even longer.


The Straight Edge: Importance of goalie depth

The Straight Edge: Importance of goalie depth

by Ryan Kennedy - October 10, 2008 2:17 PM EDT

The Sharks and Stars have used a plethora of goalkeeper prospects to improve their clubs from top to bottom.
Without a doubt, the cornerstone of a successful NHL franchise is goaltending. But it’s not enough to simply have one solid netminder and hope he can carry your team for a full regular season schedule as well as a long playoff grind.


The Straight Edge: Thoughts from the Pacific Northwest

The Straight Edge: Thoughts from the Pacific Northwest

by Ryan Kennedy - October 3, 2008 2:35 PM EDT

In talk of where the NHL should expand or move to, no one mentions Seattle, though their fans are wild, diverse and in need of a pro sports franchise.
I love to see hockey thrive in different places. There are people who claim only cold-weather climates should host franchises, but the amount of elite prospects coming out of California these days – not to mention Texas, Florida and even Georgia – proves how beneficial a footprint can be in the long run.


The Straight Edge: The wrong way to raise a hockey player

The Straight Edge: The wrong way to raise a hockey player

by Ryan Kennedy - September 12, 2008 12:41 PM EDT

At any age, overbearing parents can be detrimental to their child’s development as both players and people.
There are certain people who I hope will read this column, though by nature they probably won’t know it’s about them. I’m talking about the dads who stand at the back of the rink purple-faced, banging on the aluminum walls when a goal is scored, screeching at their kids.


The Straight Edge: Hockey more than a pastime for fans in some struggling cities

The Straight Edge: Hockey more than a pastime for fans in some struggling cities

by Ryan Kennedy - August 29, 2008 12:09 PM EDT

In markets like Buffalo and Detroit, the sport of hockey is something people can cling to during troubled times.
Some people will tell you sports don’t mean a lick in the grand scheme of things. Intellectual Noam Chomsky is famous for derailing pro games as a means of controlling the minds of the masses, throwing them off the “real issues” of the day.


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