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First Go - SEP.13.07

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Ryan Kesler

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<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6>So here it goes: first blog on canucks.com.

I’ll be the first to say, I’m not completely sure about writing all this much, but I’ll give it a shot. If Burrows could do it...

So, most asked question so far has been what I did this summer. Coming off the injury, I had a lot of time off without skating, so I started in early July to get back into shape. I was back home in Michigan and mostly worked out with a few guys from the Red Wings, a couple of guys from Michigan that were in town, and a few other rif raf.

It was a pretty uneventful summer to be honest. I did get out to Toronto for my best friend’s bachelor party – <a href="http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/players/playerpage/1137185" target=_new>Chris Conner</a>. He plays in Dallas and Iowa for the Stars. That was a good time, but not exactly blog-worthy stuff.

This was the fist year my dad Mike hasn’t done a skating school, which is kind of a big deal. A lot of stuff happened last year and I don’t think anybody was feeling up to it. He asked my brother to take it on, but I think it’ll happen again next year. We’ll see.

It’s funny, my dad still gives me pointers all the time, whether I want it or not. Being a skating coach, he gives me a lot of constructive criticism. I don’t want to hear it all the time, but he knows his hockey (he’s been coaching for over 30 years), so I always tend to listen to him whether I want to hear it or not. At the end of the day, he’s usually right anyway.

I’m rooming with Mason Raymond through camp. For most of last season I was with Burrows. Raymond’s a great kid and he’s not going off in French all the time. That’s a big plus right there.

I remember my first camp and how nervous I was. We talked a bit last night and I just told him, that he’s got great speed and great offensive skills, so he should just go out and play his game. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to do everything else, and forgetting what got you there.

I think he’s going to play in this league for a long time. All he needs is a little time at the professional level. He was in the second group today, so I didn’t see him at camp, but we’ve been skating together out at 8-Rinks for the past week or two.

I’ve been reading a few of the other blogs and there seems to be some misconception about vets choosing beds.

Yes, I took the window bed. He was in the room first and asked me what bed I wanted. I said I did not care. I mean, it’s a bed right?!?! I’m not one of those veterans who says, “Give me this bed because I’m a vet.” I’m not like that. It’s not an issue.

All last year Burrows and I would just randomly pick beds. It just depended on who got in there first. We don’t care.

So anyway, I’m by the window and you can see the golf course from our room. I haven’t golfed all summer, but seeing this course - I don’t know what it is - but I’ve got the itch. I’ve got to play it, even if I’m out there for eight hours.

I’ll be up front, I’m probably the worst golfer on the team. I’ll try to drag Burrows and Bieksa out there. Those two are probably the only guys on the team who are worse than I am. I don’t even know what my handicap is, but let me put it this way: my clubs are in serious need of a cleaning… from all the dust.

Anyway, I liked what I saw on the ice today. The new guys are fast and are really good. I think we improved over the off season. If we can be a team that’s tough and play’s physical, we’ve got the speed, so we should be a scary team to play against.</td></tr><table>

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Kevin,

Good first shot at the blog game. Great to see you back at it and I look forward to watching you a full season. Make sure you keep on the kid, he seems to have a great future, as do you.

Good luck this year

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Ryan, (sorry, I don't know why I did that, sheesh)

Good first shot at the blog game. Great to see you back at it and I look forward to watching you a full season. Make sure you keep on the kid, he seems to have a great future, as do you.

Good luck this year

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hey kessler....enjoyed your blog, it's good. :) You were my fav player with the Moose. I'll never forget that last year you were there, the year of the lockout. It was the best hockey in North America and it was right in our back yard. The playoffs were crazy, the fans too. You guys were awesome. I remember the post game shows when kelly interviewed the boys in the exchange restaurant in the MTS Centre right after the game. Fans could watch and listen, touch you, congratulate you. It was all very surreal. I suppose your best memories centre around your time now, in Vancouver, the NHL, the playoffs last year, maybe. I really hope u have a good year, with the rest of the Moose boys, and everyone else too. Go Canucks!!!!

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nice first blog kes, you made me laugh a few times, keep it up.

I'm glad to hear your views on the new team, and I have to agree that we've definalty upgraded our speed this year, and it seemed to me that not having that as much last year killed us a few times. The games against Nashville come to mind, but I'm glad to hear the optimism from all the guys so far.

Good luck this year, let's get'er done!

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Great to know that you are going to be part of the Canucks for 3 years.

It's pretty clear that we missed your speed and grit last year aswell as your key contributions as the #1 Pk forward.

Hopefully you stay healthy for the entire season because you were just starting to pick it up offensively before getting surgery. Btw, has anyone told you about the curse of # 17 in the Canucks organization?

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Hi Ryan!

Great blog, I look forward to the others that are to come :) Have a great time at camp and have fun golfing!!!

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Hey Ryan -

Glad you're back and healthy, and thanks for blogging; always nice to hear from the players. And BTW, your blog so far is at least as good as Burrows'.......

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lols dats soo funny >> burrows and kesler are so funni :D

fun stuff kes. cant wait till the season starts.

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lols dats soo funny >> burrows and kesler are so funni :D

fun stuff kes. cant wait till the season starts.

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lol..... have fun... trust me i'm bad at golfing too.. but i love trying courses with my dad....

although i never did get the point of golf either.....

hope you're having fun at camp.. can't wait to see the new and improved 'nucks come opening night.

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and he’s not going off in French all the time. That’s a big plus right there.

lol, whats up with attacking the French guys?

anyway, I would like to thank you for doing this blog, its a thing I look forward too, although it will take time to get up to burrows blog writing ability...lol, just kidding, you guys are great hockey players hope the best for you, and the canucks, good luck for the up coming year.

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Man, poor Burrows! I swear, every guy on the team picks on him. it's mean, but it IS funny =) hope you have a great season Ryan! I keep hearing on team1040 that Bear Mountain is an absolutely amazing place... is it? I look forward to your next blog :)

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Hey Kesler! Great blog, haha, it was really funny. I'm so excited for you guys to start this season!! This summer has seemed way too long :P Anyways, best of luck this year! I hope to see more of that finger-twirling, hahaha. :lol:

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Raymond’s a great kid and he’s not going off in French all the time. That’s a big plus right there.
:lol:

Good Blog... looking forward to seeing more.

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Hey Kesler

Great first Blogg, Can't wait for the first regular season game!!!!

its been a long summer, great to hear from you

Goodluck to the new season!!!!

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