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Ryan Smyth Laughs About Good Old Days

Retired NHLer and Edmonton fan favourite Ryan Smyth aka Smytty aka Captain Canada has been enjoying retirement these days. He's still watching Oiler games and can sympathise with the team's struggles. In an exclusive two part interview with Jason Gregor of the Team 1260, Oilers Nation and the Edmonton Journal, Smyth talks his introduction to retirement, his introduction to the league and of course his iconic paddle:

Well, first of all, it’s a canoe paddle. (laughs). Second of all, Glen Sather came to me my first year after I had my stick, my heavy stick, thick blade, not much of a curve and he’s like, ‘give me that thing, let me look at it. You need more of a curve, and your lie is wrong.’ And as a young kid you nod. He grabs it and takes me back to Barry Stafford and says, “Staffy, change his stick out for him and get him something else.’ Slats heads back into his back room with his dogs and I said to Staff, ‘give me that thing back; it’s going to work for me. Just leave me alone, I’ll be fine. Thanks for the advice,’ and I continued using it.

Read the rest of part one here

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