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The Straight Edge: Even without goons, fighting will, thankfully, remain

The Straight Edge: Even without goons, fighting will, thankfully, remain

by Ryan Kennedy - March 13, 2009 12:16 PM EDT

The GMs' proposed misconduct may wipe out the 'enforcer,' but the league, its fans and this author are still in favor of fighting.
As one of the few fighting Hawks in the THN office (big-ups to fellow ‘red-staters’ Rory Boylen and Brian Costello), I can’t help but getting sucked into the debate on fisticuffs that has been constant for many reasons this year.


The Straight Edge: Zajac helping lead Devils back to glory

The Straight Edge: Zajac helping lead Devils back to glory

by Ryan Kennedy - March 6, 2009 11:53 AM EST

The third-year center is having a breakout season and is a major reason New Jersey is once again poised for a Cup run.
There’s a storm coming from the East. Right now, you probably just hear rumblings; what sounds like the percussive stomping of hooves bringing to mind horsemen and a black cloud of dust.


The Straight Edge: Eager to shed 'enforcer' role

The Straight Edge: Eager to shed 'enforcer' role

by Ryan Kennedy - February 27, 2009 1:25 PM EST

The Blackhawks tough guy was pigeonholed as a fighter, but his goal total this season is proving the kid can play.
Ben Eager is an enforcer who thinks he’s a power forward. Or maybe we’ve got it twisted – maybe Ben Eager is a power forward who people think is an enforcer.


The Straight Edge: Hockey provides escape for struggling OHL cities

The Straight Edge: Hockey provides escape for struggling OHL cities

by Ryan Kennedy - February 20, 2009 2:16 PM EST

The economic downturn has battered cities like Windsor and Oshawa, but hockey continues to provide hope to their citizens.
The intersection between communities and sports is often a heartfelt one, especially in the major junior ranks. From the billets who take in kids who go on to be NHLers (or solid citizens in other careers, for that matter) to the volunteers at the rinks and the fans who pack the buildings, there’s a love there.


The Straight Edge: Happy Valentine’s Day

The Straight Edge: Happy Valentine’s Day

by Ryan Kennedy - February 13, 2009 12:03 PM EST

In light of the annual love fest, a nod to those who've sacrificed to help foster a love of the game of hockey.
Working at The Hockey News, it’s hard not to get completely consumed with the sport we cover. So it’s no surprise that to varying degrees, the women in my life have suffered for this fact.


The Straight Edge: Honoring black hockey history still paramount

The Straight Edge: Honoring black hockey history still paramount

by Ryan Kennedy - February 6, 2009 11:31 AM EST

February is Black History Month and it is important to discuss diversity in the NHL and not lose sight of its standing and future in the game.
Hockey and Black History Month have a sort of awkward relationship. Inevitably, February serves as the convenient time to tell stories of diversity in the NHL’s past and present, but also consequently reminds the reader how these plotlines are largely ignored during the other 11 months of the year.


The Straight Edge: Don Cherry - The Lost Tapes

The Straight Edge: Don Cherry - The Lost Tapes

by Ryan Kennedy - January 30, 2009 11:58 AM EST

The outtakes from the Q & A session with the Coach's Corner star that appears in the most-recent edition of The Hockey News magazine.
In the newest issue of The Hockey News, I sat down for an all-encompassing chat with Don Cherry, who will turn 75 years old in a matter of days.


The Straight Edge: Stuck on the sidelines

The Straight Edge: Stuck on the sidelines

by Ryan Kennedy - January 23, 2009 1:40 PM EST

Steven Vince finds himself on the fringes after owning up to a mistake that cost him a six-month ban from Hockey Canada.
“Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” but try telling that to a teenager who just wants to play hockey. Steven Vince is a stay-at-home defenseman from Toronto, but one moment of truth has cast him away from home and, in a bitter irony, without an elite team to play on.


The Straight Edge: Overabundance of 'all-star' games hurting junior players

The Straight Edge: Overabundance of 'all-star' games hurting junior players

by Ryan Kennedy - January 16, 2009 12:18 PM EST

Youngsters are being subjected to too many extra-curricular events that are taking a toll on their well-being.
The winds in Southern Ontario have been pretty brutal in the past week, but nothing Mother Nature can churn out could compare with the collective gasp that sucked all the air out of GM Centre in Oshawa on Tuesday.


The Straight Edge: Dark times don't overshadow CCHA's Nanooks' bright season

The Straight Edge: Dark times don't overshadow CCHA's Nanooks' bright season

by Ryan Kennedy - January 9, 2009 12:22 PM EST

Despite a lack of sunlight in Alaska, the college squad is in the midst of an impressive turn around.
While you’re reading this, chances are it’s dark in Fairbanks, Alaska. At this time of year, the arctic town sees a scant amount of sunlight, approximately four and a half hours worth per day.


The Straight Edge: Long road to NHL lands Ward top-line duty with Preds

The Straight Edge: Long road to NHL lands Ward top-line duty with Preds

by Ryan Kennedy - December 19, 2008 12:25 PM EST

Joel Ward went from the OHL, to the WCHL, to the CIS, before getting a shot in the AHL. Now he is a first-liner in small-market Nashville.
There are approximately 700 on-ice jobs in the NHL at any given time; it’s not exactly an easy gig to get. So if you’re watching the Nashville Predators this season and see an unfamiliar face on the top line riding shotgun with Jason Arnott and J-P Dumont, don’t think of him as an overnight success.


The Straight Edge: Calder Cup success key for injury-depleted Capitals

The Straight Edge: Calder Cup success key for injury-depleted Capitals

by Ryan Kennedy - December 12, 2008 2:28 PM EST

Washington's AHL farm team, the Hershey Bears, took home a league title in '06, giving the big club plenty of experience and skill.
Of all the statistics out there, games played is the most important – just ask Simon Gagne and Patrice Bergeron how they felt about last season.


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