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August 23, 2013

Under the Lights: North Andover hockey rivalry

hometown rivalry

Steve Heinze was always considered a can’t miss prospect. Like Heinze, his former North Andover High teammate, Ed Ronan also made the NHL. But he was never a sure thing. That made for a complicated relationship.

“Steve and I weren’t real close,” admitted Ronan, who was two years ahead of him in school. “It was more of a rivalry. He was at Lawrence Academy (for his final two years) and I was at Phillips (as a postgrad). Then it was BC vs. BU and the Bruins vs. Canadiens. We were more enemies than friends, to be honest. He was a great player. He was highly touted. I was just another player. That drove me. I wanted to be better.”

Cakes are baking

UTL birthday wishes go out to UMass lacrosse twins Anne and Kate Farnham of Andover (20 today), Central Catholic auto racer Taylor Martin of Windham (16 today), Hollywood star/ex-Andover football captain Michael Chiklis (turns 50 Friday) and Methuen Olympian Sean Furey (turns 31 Saturday).

Non-hockey talk

To its eternal credit, Deadspin constantly kills ESPN. In a recent story, the website pointed out last year’s 11 p.m. SportsCenter programs devoted a paltry 3.3 percent of their time to the NHL compared to 23.3 percent for the NFL and 19.2 for the NBA.

Even more damning, “the two most common words mentioned with ‘hockey’ were, of all things, the first names of SportsCenter anchors Linda Cohn and Steve Levy.”

Coach whatshisname

Wisconsin tight end Brock DeCicco, who played a couple years at Pitt, has played for a whopping seven college head coaches.

Presidential coincidence

Brown has a football recruit Kyle Kosei Obana from the Punahou School in Honolulu. He’s Obana, not to be confused with President Obama, who also went to Punahou. Hopefully Kyle is a better athlete than the president, whose ugly jump shot makes youth coaches everywhere cringe.

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