Thoughts on hockey from a 9-year old's perspective

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My name is Ryan. I am 9 years old and I love hockey.

Who wins Lord Stanley's Cup and gets that legendary drink of champagne (or beer) out of the cup? That's what I'm going to discuss with you today...
Boston has had their ups and downs this playoff season. They were nearly eliminated in the first round by the sixth seed Montreal Canadiens. Nathan Horton got a good shot off the defender's toe and scored the winner in Game 7. I think Boston will be eliminated in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference finals.
San Jose is battling Detroit tonight in Game 6. I'm pretty sure it's going to go to seven games. The Sharks started strong and have started to fall. Momentum seems to be switching sides to Detroit. Whichever team wins will be a handful for Vancouver.
I feel really good about Vancouver's chances, but in their first round they looked shaky. Burrows got lucky to score the winning goal in Game 7 against Chicago. I do think they'll make it to the Finals, though. Who knows who will win?
Tampa Bay's chances are good because they wiped out the #1 seed in the East, 4-0. One of the big reasons was Dwayne Roloson. He never really struggled in goal. I think they will be the Eastern team to make it to the finals.
So, I'm predicting Vancouver vs Tampa in the finals. Check back here to see if I'm right!!
Talk to you next time here in the Neutral Zone!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Practicing With The Avalanche!

My name is Ryan. I am 9 years old and I love hockey.

Today I had a practice with two of the most famous Colorado Avalanche players at their practice facility in Denver.  Paul Stastny and John-Michael Liles helped the coaches from my team with our drills.  It was a great experience skating with two National Hockey League players.  They were really supportive of all of us. Even though we were a lot younger, they still supported us like they would their teammates. 

Here is a picture of me and John-Michael:

And here's a picture of me getting an autograph from Paul:

We did scrimmages and skating drills.  My favorite was the scrimmage when both Paul and John-Michael helped.  Here's a picture of me skating backwards on defense...maybe someday I'll play defence in the NHL just like John-Michael!

I would like to thank my Dad for all the support for bringing me to all of these early morning practices instead of sleeping in!  I also want to thank my Uncle Chris and Aunt Kathleen for taking us to the Avalance game last week. 

Talk to you next time here in the Neutral Zone!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wayne Primeau!

My name is Ryan. I am 9 years old and I love hockey.

I received a package on Friday from a friend of my Mom's who lives in Canada.  She is the cousin of the Primeau brothers, Keith and Wayne.  In the package was a signed picture from Wayne Primeau to me!  It's a picture of him as a Toronto Maple Leaf last year.  This is awesome!  I've already framed it and it is sitting on my desk so I can see it every night when I do my homework. 

Thanks Sherri for sending that to me!

Wayne is a great player and I really hope he gets signed for this coming season.  Actually, I'd like to see him re-sign with the Leafs again!  Hey Wayne!  There's a package coming for you!  I'll send you one of my player cards!  My hockey season is about to start up again...and hopefully so is yours!

Talk to you next time here in the Neutral Zone!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bobby Baun!!

My name is Ryan. Until Sunday, I am 8 years old and I love hockey.  Actually, I'll still love hockey after Sunday...but then I'll be 9.

I got an amazing surprise in the mail a couple of days ago.  First I have to explain something...

My Dad's uncle (my Great Uncle) Bill is cousins with Bobby Baun.  My Aunt Betty was talking to him one day and told him what a huge hockey fan I am and how much of a Leafs fan I am.

In case you don't know, Bobby Baun is one of the greatest Maple Leafs ever.  He played for the Leafs for 11 years, winning the Stanley Cup four times including 1964, when he played two games with a broken ankle.  It's an amazing story...if you're not a Leafs fan and don't know it already, you can read all about it here:

Here's a picture of him as well...

Anyways, a couple of days ago I got a package in the mail addressed to me.  I don't usually get any mail, but my birthday is coming up so it didn't seem too strange.  I opened it up and discovered a whole bunch of stuff for me from Mr. Baun!!

This is a picture of me with all this amazing stuff:

In the package was a signed copy of his book, "Lowering The Boom...The Bobby Baun Story", nine autographed player cards and a signed picture of him with the Stanley Cup.  Wow...I was in awe. 

Mr. Baun, if you happen to be reading this...THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  I am putting together a package of some of my hockey stuff to return the favour and will be mailing it shortly.  You inspire me to follow my dream of one day playing in the NHL. 

Talk to you next time here in the Neutral Zone...when I'll be 9 years old!!


Friday, May 28, 2010

Stanley Cup Finals

My name is Ryan. I am 8 years old and I love hockey.

I can't wait to see Chicago face off against Philadelphia in the Stanley Cup finals.  I'm going for Chicago because they creamed San Jose 4-0.  I was surprised that the Sharks didn't even win a game!

I like Chicago's chances because of their young guns Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.  Defensively, I like their chances because Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith are both great players too. 

Philadelphia did a great job beating Montreal.  I was kinda disappointed that the Canadiens didn't beat the Flyers (even if I am a Leafs fan!!).  They beat the really hard teams Washington and Pittsburgh, but then lost to the easier team the Flyers.  I'll go back to hating them next season once the Leafs are back in. 

Talk to you next time here in the Neutral Zone!


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stanley Cup Playoffs

My name is Ryan. I am 8 years old and I love hockey.

There's a couple of weeks left in the regular season, so let's look at the teams who haven't clinched a playoff spot yet...

The teams that are on the bubble right now are Montreal in the East and Colorado in the West.  I don't think that Atlanta's got what it takes to bump off Montreal even though they're only 2 points back.  Without Illya Kovalchuk anymore I'm not sure they can do it.  The Thrashers recently called up Chris Chelios from the minors, but I don't think he'll make a big difference since he's the oldest player in the league (48 years of age).   I think that the Rangers have a better chance with the offensive guns of Marian Gabrik and Sean Avery. 

In the West, look out for Calgary, Colorado!!  They're only four points behind the Avs.  I'd like to see Colorado make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals (since the Leafs have been eliminated).  C'mon Adam can do it!  You're a good Toronto boy!

If the Avs can't make it to the finals I'd like to see a Vancouver/Pittsburgh final. 

Talk to you next time here in the Neutral Zone!


Sunday, March 21, 2010


My name is Ryan. I am 8 years old and I love hockey.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won six out of their last seven games.  The only game they lost was against the New York Islanders.  They have beaten Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Edmonton, Tampa Bay and Boston in the last two weeks.  I sure do wish they had been playing this well all season long!

I hope that most of their players return next season since it looks like they're playing really well together.  We've finally got some great goaltending.  JS Giguere has a 2.90 GAA and his backup, Jonas Gustavsson has almost the same with 2.92 GAA.  That's pretty good.

Phil Kessel leads the team with 28 goals, which is great.  Somebody who I really like is Defenceman Carl Gunnarsson.  He's leading the team in plus/minus with a +11 so far this season.  He's kind of a quiet player but he's doing his part to help the team score goals.

My hockey season is almost over.  I have one game left.  I saved up money for months and finally was able to purchase most of my own goalie equipment.  I'm hoping to be able to play in goal for part of the last game.  My parents say I still need to keep working on my regular player skills, I'm not a full time goalie yet. 

Talk to you next time here in the Neutral Zone!