The Crew

Ryan Karhut

He draws from all of his years of junior, University, and pro football experience to give you an athlete’s angle on many of the issues that dominate the sports headlines.  His football experience includes stints with the Edmonton Huskies (CJFL), University of Central Florida (NCAA), University of Manitoba (CIS), and the Montreal Alouettes (CFL).

Football Bio:

After playing 11 years of minor football Ryan was selected to the Northern Alberta High School All-star team. He was then chosen to Team Alberta and was elected a team captain at the Canada Cup.

He then embarked on a 5-year junior career with the Edmonton Huskies. One that saw Ryan miss the first three games of his rookie season, whilst recovering from a knee injury suffered at the Canada Cup, then start 47 straight starts. He had a decorated CJFL career gaining All-Conference and All-Canadian honors 3-times as well as receiving PFC (Prairie Football Conference) Top Lineman Award twice.

After his fifth season with the Huskies Ryan received a full scholarship to play for George O’Leary at the University of Central Florida. After a season in Orlando Ryan transfered to the University of Manitoba Where he enjoyed a lot of success in a short period of time. Ryan started every game he was a Bison and in his rookie year received All-Conference honors and in 2007 was a captain of the Vanier Cup team. In his four seasons Ryan started 41 straight games while he endured several injuries. In the spring of 2007 the Saskatchewan Roughriders drafted Ryan 39th overall in the CFL draft. A Few months later the Riders traded a 1st and 4th round 2008 draft pick along with OL Ryan Karhut to the Alouettes get Childs along with OL Brain Jones. In 2008 Ryan played with the Montreal Alouettes in a year that ended with them losing in the Grey Cup at home to the Calgary Stampeders.

Favourite Sports: I love watching athletes compete at a high level no matter what the sport!

Favourite Teams: Cleveland Browns, Tampa Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, CFL (love the whole league), Toronto Blue Jays, & Toronto Raptors

Favourite All-Time Sporting Moment: 2007 winning the Vanier Cup and both Blue Jays World Series championships……Joe Carter enough said!

Ryan Henry

He is a hockey player turned fantasy football fanatic.  As such, has designated him the fantasy football expert.  Who would argue?  The amount of fantasy football knowledge Henry has accumulated over the years is astounding and he can go head to head talking football with anybody in the business!

When Henry is not spouting off fantasy football to anyone who will listen, he is working his day job as a Kinesiologist.  He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. Kinesiology in 2003.  Subsequently he worked in a private physical therapy practice working with sport injuries for 3 years.  In 2005 he received his CSEP – Certified Exercise Physiologist designation and moved into the more specialized field of occupational injuries to complete assessments and consulting.  It was this move that opened the door for Henry to pursue his real loves in life, skepticism and fantasy football.

Favourite Sports: NFL, as a fan.  If I’m playing, I’ll take any sport where I get to compete!

Favourite Teams: Indianapolis Colts

Favourite All-Time Sporting Moment: Watching the 2009 Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Superbowl 43 game where my fantasy wideout studs, Larry Fitzgerald and Santonio Holmes, both went off!

Dallas Karhut

He is an average guy with a pretty average life and an above-average love of sports.  Dallas’s favourite sports have changed considerably from when he was young as he grew up playing/living hockey. After Dallas’s last stint of competitive sports which included junior hockey, he then took what was left of his goaltender skills and moved into coaching. Coaching stints included working with Gold in the Net (a great organization the features one-on-one goaltender training, check them out here) and a couple years as a goalie coach for his former junior hockey team, the Spruce Grove Regals.

Although Dallas still plays ice hockey occasionally, it’s the ball hockey rink where he dominates. Dallas has logged 13 seasons in the Edmonton Ball Hockey League and despite what the previous two bios may say, he dominated and it was all him baby! These days, Dallas seems to be making a transition from contact sports to racquet sports as most of his sporting time is designated to tennis and squash. This type of transition would be acceptable for any 50-something but for a 30-something, c’mon Dallas

Outside of sports, Dallas graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree in 2008 and currently works in transportation planning and design.

Favourite Sports: I’ll take it all, just give me a good story!

Favourite Personal Sport Moment: I hate to go rec sports on everybody but my ball hockey team, the Whyioughttas, well, they’re my baby. There were a lot of great memories playing with the Whyioughttas and all of ball hockey really, and a lot of those memories include Ryan and Henry. The one specific memory I have was when we were playing in a division final, best of three. We were a high flying, young team of athletes, well, some of the guys were excellent athletes, but we were playing a strong trap team and they were shutting us down. They got up 2-0 and they were going to ride that out until the end. We finally got on the board with about 5 minutes left, then with 1:30 left in the game, we were lining up for a face-off in the offensive zone. I refused to pull the goalie (I often played the role of coach as well) and as we were lining up for the face-off, the other team called a time-out. During the time-out, the crew convinced me to pull the goalie and wouldn’t you know it, the extra attacker scored the tying goal off the face-off. The game went to overtime and we scored about 30 seconds into the extra period. We  won game 2 and took the title. That day changed my view on pulling the goalie; however, it reinforced my view on calling time-outs before a defensive zone face-off. For coaches out there, don’t do it!

Favourite Teams: Edmonton Oilers

Favourite All-Time Sporting Moment: 2006 Stanley Cup Finals – Game 6 (Edmonton 4-0 over Carolina)