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Snapping from a slump

by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Hi everyone!

Well, the first month of the season is done and our team (Red Deer / Western Hockey League) has 11 wins and 6 losses and we're sitting second in our division and third in our conference.

It's been a good start for us, but we definitely could have a better record than that. Right now, I have played 17 games and have 3 goals and 22 assists. The goals are not coming too easy for me right now but I'm really working on bearing down in practice on scoring. I'm also working on my shot after practice whenever I can so I can start putting the puck in the net. It's kind of frustrating that I'm not scoring because I would like to be helping my team out in that way a little bit more, and whenever we lose it's because we can't score goals, so I would like to contribute in that way a little more.

But, I'm just keeping a level head and trying to stay positive as much as I can.

Away from the rink, when the guys get together, we're playing Xbox most of the time. We definitely play NHL '11 quite a bit, but the game we play the most is Tiger Woods '11. No matter what game we are playing, it always gets intense and very competitive.

The WHL Subway Series is coming up on November 17 and 18, and I will be playing for team WHL on the 17th in Kamloops. I'm really excited and looking forward to the game and really happy to get this opportunity. Right now we're on our U.S road trip where we play Seattle, Portland, Tri-City, Everett, Vancouver, and Chilliwack. It's nice to be coming back West and I'm excited and nervous to play in Vancouver again. Hopefully this year goes a little better than last year.

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