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Canucks Report - The Grind

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks


The Canuck prospects take on the Grouse Grind once again to finish off the annual summer development camp.

"It was good, it was everything I heard it would be and it's tough," said Eric Walsky after his first time finishing the hike.

"It's not even that bad as long as you keep going and keep your pace up," said Vancouver native, Dan Gendur, who's had plenty of experience making the trek. "There's always a couple of guys who run off the start when you shouldn't but it just comes with experience."

But not everyone agrees that experience makes the climb easier.

"Coming through the first time, I didn't know what to expect but this time I knew coming in what it was all about and it was still tough to get through," said Cody Hodgson.

Last year, the Canucks training staff mixed it up when the prospects were separated into groups and had to start and finish together, carrying Lord Stanley on their journey.

They didn't change the format but they added a twist this time around. Not only are they competing with each other to get the best time, any group that passes another can steal their miniature Stanley Cup. The group with the most when they reach the top is the winner.

"We tried to stay in front of them [so they couldn't take our Cup], trying to be like Nascar, cut them off on the outside but eventually they got past us," said Hodgson, who's group finished in second place.

The group was split up into four groups of five and one group of six to scale the Grouse Mountain.

The final results are in:

1st place
Peter Andersson, Anton Rodin, Kevin Connauton, Matt Butcher, Jeremy Price, Glenn Carnegie (Moose trainer).

2nd place
Cody Hodgson, Evan Orberg, Prab Rai, Travis Ramsey, Eric Walsky

3rd place
Mats Froshaug, Taylor Ellington, Tyler McNeely, Morgan Clark, Brian Stewart

4th place
Ryan Donald, Patrick White, Jody Pederson, Dan Gendur, Kellan Tochkin

5th place
Yann Sauve, Steven Anthony, Kris Fredheim, Taylor Matson, Joe Cannata
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