UFC > Run club
Last summer Ben Hutton joked he was going to join a running group because his fitness level came into question heading into the off-season. This summer, Hutton has stepped it up a notch.
The 26-year-old trained with UFC Heavyweight Fighter Arjan Singh Bhullar Saturday prior to Bhullar's Fight Night 151 match with Juan Adams. The 32-year-old defeated Adams in a unanimous decision and is now 9-1.
"It was quite cool to see the effort that the fighters put in," said Hutton, via phone Monday. "There's a lot of hard work going on and in the end it paid off for him, especially on Saturday night."
Bhullar, a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist who has also competed in the Olympics, is a Richmond native and Canucks fan. When his group heard Hutton was interested in checking out the pre-fight workout, Bhullar made it happen.
"He put a little show on for everybody, including myself. It was just a small thing because it was before his fight so he didn't want to drain himself too much, but he was hitting the bags and working with the striking coach; you certainly wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of one of his right hooks, that's for sure."
Hutton said he was most impressed with Bhullar's movement. He stands 5-foot-9, weights in at 264-pounds and combines it with speed to create a lethal package.
"He's a big boy and he can still move around, which was cool to see. I was talking with his striking coach after and being out of Vancouver, he said if I wanted to come learn a thing or two, I'm more than welcome to."
Soooo, are you the new Canucks enforcer?
"I've always been able to toss them, so if someone's messin' around, I'm not afraid!"
BOESER & BAYLEE
Brock Boeser spent some time in North Dakota on the weekend and no visit to North Dakota is complete without seeing his friend and biggest fan Baylee Bjorge.
For those unfamiliar with Baylee, she took Boeser to prom in the spring of 2016 and the two have remained friends ever since.
Canucks alumni Jyrki Lumme and Dave Babych, joined by mascot FIN, visited Whitehorse in Yukon over the weekend as part of the NHL's Learn to Play program, which gives children who haven't played hockey a chance to experience the game in a fun and safe environment.
Special thanks to BC Hockey and the NHLPA for making this grassroots hockey event possible.
22 & 33 FOREVER
No, Daniel and Henrik Sedin are not spending retirement lounging poolside. The Sedins completed their first marathons on Sunday, running in the BMO Vancouver Marathon. Older brother Peter also ran as part of Team Sedin.
Daniel, wearing bib 22, was 39 out of 492 in his category, 173 out of 3,322 for males and 192 out of 5,224 runners overall with a time of 3:11:45.0, while number 33, Henrik, was 68 out of 492 in his category, 311 of 3,322 males, and 359th overall coming in at 3:24:11.0.
Congrats to you both. Now please go find a spot poolside.
ON THE MEND
The 2019 IIHF World Championship begins this Friday, May 10th, in Slovakia, with six Canucks taking part in the event - hopefully. Swedish goaltender Jacob Markstrom was injured in a tune-up game Sunday when he came out to play the puck and was run over by Finnish forward Juhani Tyrväinen.
According to multiple reports, Markstrom saw Sweden's team doctor, who cleared him for the tournament. Fingers crossed.
Team Sweden head coach Rikard Gronborg joined Sportsnet 650 to provide an update. You, my friend, can click here to listen.
ALSO ON THE MEND
Canucks goalie prospect Michael DiPietro was injured in Game 2 of the OHL Final against the Guelph Storm Saturday, suffering a high-ankle sprain, according to media reports. DiPietro is not expected to be available for the Ottawa 67's tonight in Game 3 with the 67's up 2-0 in the series having won 14 straight playoff games this year.
DiPietro is 13-0 this post-season leading all goalies in goals against at 2.35, with a .914 save percentage.