Ryan Kennedy's Column

Which overachievers will stick?

Which overachievers will stick?

by Ryan Kennedy - November 2, 2011 2:04 PM EDT

The NHL standings have a very strange look to them right now, but how many of those upstart teams will stay on pace?
All energy flows according to the whims of the great magnet. And what fools we’d be to defy it. Hunter S. Thompson may not have been a big hockey fan (I can’t think of him mentioning the sport, even though he lived in Colorado), but he was certainly on to something there, particularly when one considers the early results of this NHL season.


Mandatory visor rule is overdue

Mandatory visor rule is overdue

by Ryan Kennedy - October 26, 2011 3:41 PM EDT

The time for the NHL to mandate visors came long ago because it just makes sense for everyone involved.
So I’m about as hawkish as anyone in the THN office when it comes to fighting, violence and all those good things, but the visor debate doesn’t really seem like a debate anymore, does it? The gruesome eye injury to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger earlier this week provided a terrible yet perfect example of why visors should be mandatory and why the arguments against wearing one simply don’t fly.


Nineteen-year-old draft makes little sense

Nineteen-year-old draft makes little sense

by Ryan Kennedy - October 19, 2011 3:43 PM EDT

A suggestion from Bob Nicholson that the NHL bump its draft age up to 19 would not have the desired effect.
Bob Nicholson made a lot of waves this weekend when he brought up the idea of the NHL going to a 19-year-old draft and though I believe the Hockey Canada president has the best of intentions, I still don’t see the point.


Which 2011 draft rookies will stay in the NHL?

Which 2011 draft rookies will stay in the NHL?

by Ryan Kennedy - October 7, 2011 12:30 PM EDT

Nine players selected in the 2011 NHL draft made the opening night roster, but which will stay beyond a nine-game tryout?
Jumping straight from the draft to the NHL is an amazing accomplishment, even if the feat is fleeting for some prospects. After all, once the rookie has played nine games, the decision must be made as to whether he will be returned to junior (or Europe, in some cases) so that his entry-level contract won’t be activated for another year.


Even players agree with Shanahan's crackdown

Even players agree with Shanahan's crackdown

by Ryan Kennedy - September 30, 2011 1:30 PM EDT

Buffalo Sabre Brad Boyes was hit for two games for a head shot, but there's no complaints coming from his corner.
Despite a litany of suspensions in the pre-season, the returns on new NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan have been positive. But what do the players involved in his crackdown think? Buffalo’s Brad Boyes was dinged two games for a headshot on Toronto’s Joe Colborne, but even the Sabres sniper can’t argue with ‘The Shanahammer.


Mike Modano America's most important player of all-time

Mike Modano America's most important player of all-time

by Ryan Kennedy - September 23, 2011 11:52 AM EDT

With the retirement of an American legend, Ryan Kennedy argues why Mike Modano was so influential in the growth of the game.
With the retirement of Mike Modano, there’s going to be a lot of reflecting going on around the player who meant so much to the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars organization.


Brian Burke-Ron Wilson's prank war

Brian Burke-Ron Wilson's prank war

by Ryan Kennedy - September 16, 2011 2:51 PM EDT

The Maple Leafs GM and coach have been messing with each other since their college days in Providence.
In THN’s latest cover story, I examined the rise of American influence on the NHL and the mentorship that has resulted in more U.S. minds in positions of power.


Carrying on the Lokomotiv legacy

Carrying on the Lokomotiv legacy

by Ryan Kennedy - September 9, 2011 1:38 PM EDT

The hockey world will unite behind the Russian League team in a season dedicated to its deceased players.
I was driving down the highway alone Wednesday night with a thought I could not shake. In the wake of the Yaroslavl plane crash, there was already news that a Lokomotiv team would be reborn, possibly with minor leaguers or juniors.


Major junior teams to get excited about

Major junior teams to get excited about

by Ryan Kennedy - September 2, 2011 1:55 PM EDT

As he does to kick off every season, Ryan Kennedy writes about three Canadian League teams he's looking forward to checking out this winter.
The Quebec League and Western League are already playing exhibition games, so it’s time for me to roll out my annual list of major junior squads I’m excited to see this season.


America's current hockey generation its all-time best

America's current hockey generation its all-time best

by Ryan Kennedy - August 26, 2011 2:07 PM EDT

The last generation of American stars was stellar, but it's quickly being topped by the newest version.
It has almost become conventional wisdom that the greatest generation of American hockey players was the cohort that ran from Pat LaFontaine to Mike Modano, with Chris Chelios the constant throughout.


Will 2011-12 be a nasty NHL season?

Will 2011-12 be a nasty NHL season?

by Ryan Kennedy - August 19, 2011 1:55 PM EDT

Given the style of play employed by last season's Cup finalists, can we expect more borderline play this season?
It has been said the NHL is a copycat league. That is, whichever team wins the Stanley Cup will influence how their rivals build for the next season.


Hoping the Islanders stay put

Hoping the Islanders stay put

by Ryan Kennedy - August 5, 2011 10:35 AM EDT

An Islanders relocation would be like no other due to the history and business importance of the franchise. That's why New York must remain their home.
There has been ample reason to trash the New York Islanders over the past two decades, but with owner Charles Wang’s latest attempt to get his team a suitable arena falling to the sword of tax-concerned voters, let’s also remember the importance of this franchise.


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