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Dan Boyle's San Jose Summer

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks' Dan Boyle (22) scores the game-tying goal past the foot of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard in the third period to force overtime of Game 3 in a second-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series as Detroit's Brian Rafalski (28) looks on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Through the summer, one Sharks player who’s used to being elsewhere at this time has spent most of his offseason in his hockey home.

Dan Boyle didn’t pick up the family and head back to Tampa Bay or Ottawa. This year, he’s avoided the oppressive East Coast humidity for the comfortable climate of Silicon Valley.

“It’s the first time doing it, mainly because we have the two kids, the 10-month old and the 2-and-a-half year old,” Boyle said. “We just felt last summer was pretty tough traveling. We thought we’d stick around and have people come to us and we’ve enjoyed it quite a bit.”

Being in San Jose has simply made the offseason a bit more relaxing for Team Boyle. They still get to see everyone, but they get to do most of it from the comfort of their own home.

“It’s been different,” Boyle said. “When you go somewhere else and you visit, then you’ve got to see every body. That’s fun, but it’s tiring too.”

The highlight so far was a trip to the central coast for some of the world’s best scenery.

“We haven’t done too much, but we had a weekend in Big Sur and I thought it was amazing,” Boyle said. “I’ve never done that drive before. It’s one of the most amazing drives I’ve ever had and we spent a weekend down there.”

He also ventured north a bit to do the expected wine country tour that happens when others are around.

San Jose Sharks' Dan Boyle, left, celebrates with Joe Thornton after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 4, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
“We did Napa and Sonoma,” Boyle said. “I hadn’t done that before. I’m not really a big wine guy, but it was fun.”

The bulk of Boyle’s time has been doing the things he can’t do when he’s on the road for up to two weeks at a time.

“Other than that, just being a full-time dad,” Boyle said. “It’s great, I love being a dad.”

It’s a good thing he loves it because each year he’s reminded of how much energy the little ones can take out of you, especially when you’re spending a lot of time at the pool.

“It just wears you out,” Boyle said with a laugh. “I’m in bed by 10 o’clock and I’m exhausted. My oldest goes to bed close to 9 and I’m in bed not too long after that. When they take a nap, we get an hour or two to take a nap ourselves.”

His Bay Area time has allowed him to take full advantage of the first class training facilities at Sharks Ice. As a veteran player who has always taken incredible care of himself, Boyle definitely ramps up the lifting and cardio work, but it’s not like he has to increase his muscle density. He’s at maximum fitness, which is why he’s always among the National Hockey League leaders in minutes played.

San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, right, celebrates with Dan Boyle (22) after Marleau scored a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
“We’re not looking at anything in particular. I’m pretty happy where I’m at,” Boyle said. “This is my first summer working out with Mike (Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Potenza). It will change as I get closer to the season. I’ve been working out with him twice a week.”

But Boyle is clearly improving his physical conditioning more than two days a week. He’s so enthusiastic about his offseason prep situation that he now takes his work home with him.

“I had a gym built at home and I work out there about three times a week,” Boyle said. ”As we get closer to the season, I’ll probably come to (Sharks Ice) four or five times a week.”

The best part of the summer workouts is the players are looking forward to them. For obvious reasons, workouts are harder to do during the season.

“You definitely have more energy,” Boyle said of his offseason training. “You come in here and work out pretty hard for a couple of hours. You have a little bit more to offer and to give. Also the workouts are a little tougher. During the season, it’s more of a maintenance thing.”

Besides working out, entertaining guests, enjoying the family life and doing the tourist thing, Boyle has also been absorbing the Bay Area’s music offerings by seeing top entertainers at various local venues.

San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski, right, is congratulated by teammate Dan Boyle after Pavelski scored his third goal for a hat trick against the St. Louis Blues during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 19, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
“I’ve seen Eddie Vedder. The Deftones,” Boyle said. “I’m going to see A Perfect Circle, which is one of my favorite bands. I’ve been to The Greek Theater in Berkeley, the Paramount in Oakland, which is an amazing venue. The Deftones were at the Warfield (in San Francisco). We saw Godsmack at Shoreline at a festival. I’ve caught five or six shows, which doesn’t happen during the season.”

There’s one other thing that has taken up Boyle’s summer: playing golf.

“I’ve played probably twice a week and I’m going to Cypress Point (in Monterey) on Friday,” an excited Boyle said. “Since I’ve been here for three years, I’ve been waiting on the invite and I finally got it. I can’t wait. So thanks to Kevin Compton (part of the Sharks ownership group), I’ll be able to do that on Friday.”

Even with all the time on the links, Boyle says neither he nor anyone else on the club can pretend to take the Sharks top honors from the reigning champ.

“Jumbo (Joe Thornton) and I are probably up there, but (Joe) Pavelski is in a class by himself,” Boyle said.

Boyle will probably never share the stage with the Deftones or a major PGA tournament. But he’s got an Olympic gold medal, two NHL All-Star appearances, a Stanley Cup and a very bountiful professional hockey career. And that’s not bad at all.

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