You can take Smyth out of Alberta, but you can't take Alberta out of Smyth

Updated: October 22, 2007, 11:25 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

EDMONTON, Alberta -- It's hard to look at Ryan Smyth and not see Alberta, not see the Edmonton Oilers.

There is a gap where several bottom teeth used to be, his hairstyle (call it early mullet) is roughly the same as it was when Oilers star Glenn Anderson accidentally backed over Smyth during a Team Canada training camp more than two decades ago, and his nose has a meandering cant to it that suggests a logging track.

Smyth nearly made it to the end of his media briefing Monday in Edmonton ...

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