VANCOUVER – Twitter drove David Booth to the University of Oxford to study theology in the summer, so perhaps it's not surprising that John Tortorella thinks the Vancouver Canucks' forward is "a weird dude."
Less surprising was Booth's response.
"That's probably the nicest thing a coach has ever said to me," Booth said with a big smile after Thursday's morning skate. "The opposite of weird is normal, plain, boring, mundane. Weird means extraordinary character. So you know what? That's a great compliment in my opinion."
Tortorella immediately tried to temper his comments from the day before, adding that, "it's good to have weird dudes. … Sometimes we have locker rooms that are just blasé. You need personality."
Booth certainly isn't lacking there. The 28-year-old Michigan native has become well known, if also somewhat divisive, among Canucks fans for two things: Hunting and his religious beliefs, both of which he shares openly on Twitter. He started a separate account on the social media outlet for his hunting exploits to spare any fans who preferred not to see his kills, but when some questioned him on Twitter about his faith, Booth went a step further – all the way to England.