For the Sharks Devin Setoguchi, he just finished his first NHL campaign, but he has not had the opportunity to rest on his laurels. When the season concluded, Setoguchi had to deal with shoulder and sports hernia surgeries. So instead of returning to Alberta for a lot of golf with his buddies, he found himself planted on the couch.
“I had four weeks back home lounging on the couch and enjoying home cooking,” said Setoguchi.
When he returned to San Jose for the summer, it was all about rehabbing and conditioning.
“I want to come back bigger and stronger,” said Setoguchi. “The rehab is going good. It’s a long process, but I’m gaining strength and putting in two to three hours a day.”
The rehab is a bit easier with a room full of teammates and the Sharks training staff.
“Having the guys around makes it better,” said Setoguchi. “We push each other and for the rehab, I need to be here because Ray (Tufts, Head Athletic Trainer, A.T.,C), Wes (Howard, Assistant Athletic Trainer, A.T.,C) and Mike (Potenza, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator) are the best in the business.”
That the injuries are recovering is good news to all, but it is relaxing for Setoguchi who has avoided injuries throughout his career.
“It’s the first surgery I’ve had,” said Setoguchi. “I’ve never had a broken bone. I expect to be ready for camp and to go and prove myself to the new coach and try to earn a spot.”
As for Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan, Setoguchi has not faced his new boss yet.
“I haven’t met him yet, but he’ll be in next week,” said Setoguchi, who laughed about being a jinx to coaches. “It’s weird. Ever since my first year my coach has gotten fired. When I was 15 (in the Alberta Junior league) and when I was 16 in Saskatoon (WHL), after my first season my coach was fired. After my first year in Prince George, my coach was fired. Now my first year in San Jose, the coach was let go.”
When he is not in the weight room, Setoguchi is simply enjoying the California sunshine.
“It’s nice during the season and even better during the summer,” said Setoguchi. “I’ve been working on my tan after workouts.”
The only tough part is the avid golfer is just getting around to swinging the sticks a bit more.
“I’ve actually only played twice this summer because of the surgeries,” said Setoguchi. “I’m just starting to get back into it. I’m going to CordeValle and I’m excited about that.”
As for going back to Alberta, Setoguchi will get a chance to do that again next month.
“I’ll go back at the beginning of August for a few weeks,” said Setoguchi. “I miss my friends and family.”
However, he will not be farming, something he has long noted is not his favorite past time.
“I was fired (by my dad),” laughed Setoguchi. “The number one thing I don’t want to do is work in the sun and the heat.”
Fortunately, Setoguchi is very well suited for a job on the ice.