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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Each Wednesday during the month of January, Kings defenseman Joe Corvo will post his journal of thoughts on the weeks upcoming and past events. Be sure to check out each entry.

Joe Corvo Journal Entry Two | Read Entry One
Jan. 11, 2006

I think my game fits the new NHL and its emphasis on special teams play pretty well. I would like to see my numbers a little better, because I think I'm capable of doing a whole lot more, but I think the way the game is called today fits my style. I can hang on to the puck a little bit longer and guys can't tug at me from behind anymore.

Fitness is a big part of my game, especially now that it's a little faster and a little more open than it used to be. Staying fit is something I've worked very hard at since college. I started lifting weights when I was 5-10 and 185-pounds. I kind of realized at the time that if I wanted to go any further, I was going to have to be one of the strongest players on the ice.

I never really had a trainer, but every summer I got a little bigger and a little stronger, and I actually started to like lifting weights in general. Some of the little ins-and-outs of it really interest me.

I always wanted to do well in testing when I went camp. I didn't want the coaches ever to say that I was not in shape or slacking off. I didn't want any questions asked, and that's the way it's always been. I think being fit is one of the easier ways to leave an impression.

Maintaining your strength during the season is tough. You can actually feel yourself kind of fading as the season goes along. Your weight maxes drop off a bit, but everyone in the league goes through the same thing. You just try to keep your weights where they were when you got to camp by doing heavy reps when you do get some time in the gym.

It's easy to say, 'I'm tired today' and blow off a workout. I've done that in the past, but you just don't get the payoff at the end of the season that you're looking for. You end up being just burned out and tired.

In the past, I haven't worked out during the season, but I am this year. I feel 10 times better then before. Mentally, I still feel strong. I feel like I can still push guys around in the corner. It's made a difference.

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