No dragon boating, no yoga, not today. Instead, it was the Wingate test, V02 test, grip strength, vertical jump, and the bench press lined up for the 35 Canucks prospects gathered at UBC today.
Ask anyone who has been here before, these off-ice tests during the Development Camp is the hardest day of the bunch and by judging the rate at which the players ran through towels, Gatorade and bottles of water – it wasn’t easy.
Taking part in his first Development Camp, one of the Canucks most recent additions, Alexandre Grenier, is taking it all in stride.
“I’m actually really looking forward to it,” Grenier, the Laval, Quebec native said prior to mounting the V02. “I’ve never done the V02 or the Wingate before and it’s my first time doing real testing for an NHL team. This is going to be a good first experience for me to have.”
Drafted in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Jeremy Price is already a Canucks Development Camp Veteran and knew what to expect coming into testing.
“It was pretty tough, this is my third time here at this camp so I kind of knew what to expect,” said the 6’1” 175lb defenseman from Colgate University. “Whenever you have to do the V02 Max or Wingate test, you know it’s going to be a tough ride.”
Luckily for Canucks fans and this Canucks.com reporter, all we have to do is watch.