Chris Hemond

Chris is a recent graduate of the English Writing and Literature program at the State University of New York at Potsdam and hopes to sharpen his writing abilities in the Professional Writing program into something more practical for a career.

Chris rarely says no to a good time and enjoys being with friends, reading, being outside and, of course, writing. His true passion is sports, however. Whether he's playing them or watching them, sports are ever-present.

The Wonderful World of Sports

From hockey to baseball, from violence to player salaries—each week I will examine some of the most pressing issues in professional sports.

Sunday
Apr102011

And the winner of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs is...

Well, the 2011-2012 NHL season is winding down, and with only a couple games left, and the playoffs about to start on Wednesday, April 13, I’m going to take a look at some of the favorites to win the coveted Stanley Cup.

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Saturday
Mar262011

HOPE: You Have a Good Time

H.O.P.E Beach Volleyball tournament is a testament to the fact that there is much more satisfaction to charity work than just helping others.

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Saturday
Mar262011

The Doctor Is In

Roy Halladay, arguably the greatest pitcher in Major League Baseball, and the all-time greatest pitcher of the Toronto Blue Jays, will make his long awaited return to the Rogers Centre this July.I personally have been counting down the days.

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Monday
Mar212011

So, Max Pacioretty skates into a bar...

All this talk about head shots in the NHL is giving me post-concussion symptoms. Hits targeting the head have been an issue in the league for a while, last year Marc Savard and David Booth both were victims of blindsided hits to the head that lead to significant time missed, but when Sidney Crosby went down with a concussion, and then the sporting world watched in horror as Zdeno Chara ran Max Pacioretty into the stantion between the benches the issue of concussions and headshots went to the top of the list of topics to be discussed at the annual NHL GM meetings in Florida last week. The trouble is, what can they do about it?

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Thursday
Mar032011

Column: Sporting Around Ottawa

Many don't realize that there are countless opportunities to stay fit, keep a competitive edge and make new friends in the many sports leagues offered around the city of Ottawa.

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Friday
Feb252011

Movin' and Shakin' Across the NHL

It’s hard to believe, but the 2010-2011 NHL regular season is winding down and the league wide trade deadline is right around the corner. With only eight points separating the 3-11 seeds in the Western Conference and a large number of teams in the hunt for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference many pundits believe this year’s trade deadline will be one to remember as teams try to get the upper hand and make their way to the post-season.

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Friday
Feb112011

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your 2011 Toronto Blue Jays

Spring is in the air, and if you’ve been around Ottawa lately, you know I don’t say this because of the wonderful weather. We’re only a couple short weeks away from the opening of Major League Baseball’s Spring Training, so what better time than now to take a look at the projected line-up Canada’s team, the Toronto Blue Jays, will be fielding in 2011.

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Thursday
Feb102011

Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story

In 2005, recently released from his own stint in an adult psychiatric hospital in Brooklyn, NY, Ned Vizzini wrote a novel about a suicidal 15-year old boy who was also committed.It’s Kind of a Funny Story follows young Craig Gilner who, upon being accepted into the most prestigious high school in New York, finds the mounting pressure of life to be unbearable and begins to have suicidal thoughts. Craig checks himself into the Argenon Psychiatric Hospital where he meets a wide variety of interesting characters, each with their own problems and idiosyncrasies. Craig learns a lot in his five days at the hospital including how to better deal with the everyday stresses of life.

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Friday
Jan282011

The New NHL All-Star Game: Same Old S***?

This weekend marks the 58th NHL All-Star Game, held this year at the RBC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. The NHL’s All-Star weekend used to be one of the most anticipated events for sports fans, but a combination of a lack of competitiveness, top players uninterested in attending and the overall draining popularity of the sport in the United States has resulted in poor ratings and poor fan support in recent years. But, are things beginning to change?

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