Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/17/09 at 09:54 PM ET
from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,
So, while rehabbing after shoulder surgery this summer with Jeremy Clark, whose organization in Eagan provides instruction in core strength training, judo and other martial arts, Boogaard seized the chance to go to Russia and work with Detroit Red Wings all-star forward Pavel Datsyuk.
He accompanied Clark, the strength and conditioning coach for Datsyuk’s hockey camps in Yekaterinburg, formerly known as Sverdlovsk, and spent 18 days soaking up tips from one of the NHL’s best two-way players.
“The stuff he can do is just unbelievable,” Boogaard said, noting that Datsyuk also worked with kids ages 10-12 who were able to produce what he labeled “mind-boggling” moves on the ice.
Datsyuk freely dispensed advice to Boogaard, as well, and the native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, said the whole experience was “an eye-opener.”
Will it make him a better offensive hockey player?
Boogaard said in the understatement of the century, that he and Datsyuk “are different players.” Nevertheless, he added, “I feel really relaxed. I seem a little more confident.”
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