by Ryan Kennedy - December 19, 2012 1:33 PM EST
Ryan Kennedy puts together a "Field of Dreams" type game, including current and former NHLers, plus a few guys who never got their shot.
Whimsy time. The NHL has no present - just a future and a past. I cover the future, in the form of prospects, a lot, but today I want to talk about the past.
by Ryan Kennedy - December 12, 2012 4:00 PM EST
The Ottawa Senators decided to keep Zibanejad in the AHL over the holidays instead of sending him to the WJC.
Free Z-Bad. Sounds like a pretty good T-shirt, eh? After finding out the Ottawa Senators would not be releasing 2012 world juniors hero Mika Zibanejad for an encore performance in Russia, Swedish national coach Roger Ronnberg may have wanted to buy that gear in bulk.
by Ryan Kennedy - December 5, 2012 4:29 PM EST
The sanctions imposed on the Portland Winterhawks leave major junior in a place where it has to ask tough questions of itself.
Some big news came out of the University of Denver Tuesday night, as freshman Quentin Shore was considering leaving the Pioneers and joining the Western League’s Portland Winterhawks.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 21, 2012 3:55 PM EST
As the dynamic defenseman, and No. 2 overall pick in last summer's draft, goes down, who will fill in for Canada next month?
Whether Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray undergoes surgery for his injured shoulder or not, it’s looking unlikely he’ll be suiting up for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship next month.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 14, 2012 3:18 PM EST
THN's prospect guru ranks the first round of eligible prospects for the 2013 NHL draft.
Welcome to the first installment of my rankings for the 2013 NHL draft. We’re going to post these quarterly and you can expect a lot of variance as the season goes on because this is a stacked year.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 7, 2012 2:31 PM EST
The education packages offered by the CHL don't handcuff kids like they used to and give them time to consider options.
Though the story has already gone through so many permutations and baffling left turns, for the time being the fledgling CHLPA appears to be in ashes.
by Ryan Kennedy - October 30, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
If the CHLPA wants to make it so major junior players can be NCAA eligible, they face many difficult hurdles.
“I’m not crazy; you’re the one who’s crazy. You’re driving me crazy.” - “Institutionalized,” by Suicidal Tendencies There may not be anything more labyrinthine than NCAA regulations, but several newsworthy items of late make it important to delve into what makes a player eligible for the college hockey experience.
by Ryan Kennedy - October 24, 2012 2:20 PM EDT
The NHL can only toy with its customers for so long before they'll start to turn on the top league.
It would be understandable to hold the opinion that at least some of the owners in the NHL don’t actually care about what fans think about them.
by Ryan Kennedy - October 17, 2012 2:17 PM EDT
The most recent issue of The Hockey News looked at the status of the women's game, including its young pro league.
For the first time ever, The Hockey News has dedicated the bulk of an issue to women’s hockey – you can find it on newsstands, online or your mailbox now.
by Ryan Kennedy - October 10, 2012 2:04 PM EDT
The Anaheim draft pick had chosen to take the college route with Wisconsin, but his suspension may push him to major junior.
The biggest story out of the prospect world this week centers around Anaheim Ducks second-rounder Nic Kerdiles, a talented power forward who was slated to begin his freshman season at the University of Wisconsin this month.
by Ryan Kennedy - October 4, 2012 1:31 PM EDT
Is it realistic to expect the NHL to turn to replacement players during the lockout?
I had an interesting conversation with an audio tech guy while doing a TV interview last month. Even though he was a union worker, he didn’t understand why the NHL wouldn’t simply bring in scab players during the then-impending lockout.
by Ryan Kennedy - September 26, 2012 1:20 PM EDT
A recent, dangerous incident at the University of North Dakota could have ended much worse and leaves us asking, why risk it?
I’ve written about this before, but with the summer the NCAA has had, it’s hard not to bring it up again: It baffles my mind that elite hockey prospects risk their entire futures just to get blitzed at a team party.
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