I’ve been approached by Canucks.com to be the official camp blogger for the week but honestly, I don’t think I entirely know what that will entail but I’ll find out quickly. I’ve never done this before so I’ll appreciate the help along the way but I’m sure it’s going to fun regardless. I haven’t written much lately so hopefully I can keep the fans interested for the week and I’m open to questions and suggestions too.
I got in yesterday afternoon with Steve Janes and then we just walked around the city a little bit for the rest of the day. My first few visits to Vancouver have been cloudy so this is the first time that I’ve had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather so we walked along the water and got to see the Olympic torch.
My first visit to Vancouver was back in April right after my junior season ended. It was during the playoffs so I got to see the Canucks during their run. Game 2 against Nashville was my first NHL playoff experience so that was fun. I’ve seen some Leafs games before but they haven’t made the playoffs in a few years so it was fun to see Vancouver in it for sure.
As a rookie to the Canucks camp, it’s nice to have a few familiar faces in Alex Friesen, Marc Zanetti, and Brandon Tanev. I played with Alex in Niagara and he hasn’t share too many insights to this camp but I’ve heard lots about the Grouse Grind, which is apparently a pure leg burner for 45 minutes. I’ve never done anything like that before and I’m ready to get at it. It’ll be a good experience.
I’ve been to two development camps before - one with Columbus and one with Detroit – but they’ve never done anything like the Grouse Grind so I’m very curious about what that’s about. These camps are always great to come in and get familiar with the organization and meet all the players. We’re here to get better and work on things so I’m sure it’ll be a fun week ahead of us.
It's time to get to work so I'll check in again tomorrow.