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The Straight Edge: A new dawn of dissemination

The Straight Edge: A new dawn of dissemination

by Ryan Kennedy - June 5, 2009 1:25 PM EDT

The social networking revolution has opened up the NHL's lines of communication and led plenty of parody.
Ah, technology – how I misunderestimate thee. Being something of a young old coot, it takes me awhile to figure out new developments in the world of communications, but once I found out I could go buck-wild on custom ringtones for my BlackBerry (Raekwon! Cattle Decapitation!), the ball got rolling.


The Straight Edge: Tracking the draft combine

The Straight Edge: Tracking the draft combine

by Ryan Kennedy - May 29, 2009 6:41 PM EDT

The draft combine began in Mississauga, Ont., Friday and the grueling physical tests provided some surprising results... and what teams ask prospects.
Mississauga, Ont. - The NHL draft combine kicked into full gear Friday with the first day of physical testing. Among the big names being graded were potential top three picks John Tavares, Victor Hedman and Matt Duchene.


The Straight Edge: 2009 Memorial Cup one to remember

The Straight Edge: 2009 Memorial Cup one to remember

by Ryan Kennedy - May 22, 2009 12:47 PM EDT

With two games left in the tournament, hockey fans should do themselves a favor and check out the action before it's too late.
With a fantastic Stanley Cup playoff tourney still blazing away, it can be hard for a hockey fan to catch everything going on in the sport right now.


The Straight Edge: Stamkos set to take NHL by storm in sophomore season

The Straight Edge: Stamkos set to take NHL by storm in sophomore season

by Ryan Kennedy - May 15, 2009 11:05 AM EDT

The No. 1 pick in 2008 struggled out of the gate, but a late-season surge and experience in the worlds has set him up for success.
The Steven Stamkos who takes to the ice for the Tampa Bay Lightning next season will be drastically different than the rookie who struggled out of the gate this year.


The Straight Edge: Playoff beards reach new heights in 2009

The Straight Edge: Playoff beards reach new heights in 2009

by Ryan Kennedy - May 8, 2009 11:17 AM EDT

From the Fu-Manchu to the bushy beyond belief, this year's playoffs have had a bit of everything for the facial-hair aficionado.
It’s been a tremendously entertaining post-season so far, so let’s keep the fun going today. The playoff beard has become almost a cliché at this point, but it’s heartening to see a lot of NHLers taking things to the next level this year.


The Straight Edge: When pro hockey is no longer the dream

The Straight Edge: When pro hockey is no longer the dream

by Ryan Kennedy - May 1, 2009 11:05 AM EDT

When a pro hockey player in the minor leagues loses the passion and desire, what happens next? For Chad Brownlee, music was the answer.
Pro hockey players spend all of their teen years and usually their early 20s chasing a dream; to get paid to play the sport they love. But what happens when that dream changes? To be sure, not everyone can make it to the NHL and even ‘sure-things’ have stumbled in the past.


The Straight Edge: Memorial Cup chase overflowing with future NHL talent

The Straight Edge: Memorial Cup chase overflowing with future NHL talent

by Ryan Kennedy - April 24, 2009 12:25 PM EDT

Left, right and center, the Canadian League playoffs are chock full of players who will pull hockey fans out of their seats.
In the midst of a glorious first round of NHL playoffs, let us not forget the other battles going on in the hockey world right now. Specifically, what is proving to be yet another dizzying chase for the Memorial Cup in the major junior ranks.


The Straight Edge: Cashing in my chips

The Straight Edge: Cashing in my chips

by Ryan Kennedy - April 17, 2009 12:01 PM EDT

With the regular season a thing of the past, let's look back at some previous bets with readers from earlier this year.
Earlier this season, I offered to take on some wagers from our fine readers. The concept was pretty simple, really: We, the sports media, get roasted all the time for our pre-season prognostications and are labeled “so-called experts” when said predictions fail to come to fruition.


The Straight Edge: Sabres’ Stafford rockin’ out

The Straight Edge: Sabres’ Stafford rockin’ out

by Ryan Kennedy - April 10, 2009 10:22 AM EDT

While Mastodon releases a new album one of their fans, Drew Stafford, is making his own noise by asserting himself on the ice.
I know NHLers get sick of answering the same questions from reporters day in and day out, so when I get the chance to go off the board, I try to take it.


The Straight Edge: Underdog tag fits Dubielewicz's Blue Jackets just fine

The Straight Edge: Underdog tag fits Dubielewicz's Blue Jackets just fine

by Ryan Kennedy - April 3, 2009 11:32 AM EDT

The hero of the Islanders 2006-07 run thinks good coaching and solid goaltending could allow Columbus to be a playoff sleeper.
If you think about it, goalie Wade Dubielewicz may have been the first hero of the post-lockout era. At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, the 30-year-old backup – who was picked up on waivers by Columbus when the Blue Jackets were in the midst of an injury crisis – may not seem like the traditional leading man, but he has his place in modern hockey lore.


The Straight Edge: Sealing a HHOF spot with a Cup

The Straight Edge: Sealing a HHOF spot with a Cup

by Ryan Kennedy - March 27, 2009 11:45 AM EDT

Four players will ensure themselves a place in hockey's Hall of Fame if they can claim Stanley's chalice this spring.
Truly, there is only one award coveted by every single NHLer. It is the Stanley Cup and it is difficult to win. And while the humility of many of the athletes who play the sport dictates that individual honors take a back seat to the ultimate team goal of winning the title, a nice little hat-tip at the end of one’s career never hurt.


The Straight Edge: The rebirth of fun

The Straight Edge: The rebirth of fun

by Ryan Kennedy - March 20, 2009 12:22 PM EDT

From Ovie's celebration to Randy Moller's goal-calls, it's been a great season for fans of fun hockey.
With about a dozen games to go, the 2008-09 NHL regular season is coming to a close, but it’s been one heckuva year. A sea change has come over the league and while the caliber of play has steadily been improving since the lockout, this season saw personalities and – gasp! – fun return to the NHL consistently for the first time since the early 1990s.


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