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#1 EvoLu7ioN

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:42 AM

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Canucks' Chris Tanev pushing limits to prove his worth

Rory Barrs, National Post
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

AURORA, Ont. — Chris Tanev is trying to affirm that slow and steady wins the race.

The Vancouver Canucks defenceman took an unorthodox route to the National Hockey League, playing three seasons of second-tier Ontario junior and one year of U.S. college hockey in upstate New York.

A proverbial late-bloomer, the 22-year-old Toronto native has added size, strength and experience in two seasons split between the NHL and the American Hockey League, and is hoping to lay claim to a permanent roster spot in Vancouver's upcoming training camp.

"I'm a lot more comfortable than I was when I first started two year ago," said Tanev, who appeared in 25 regular season and five playoff games for the Canucks last season. "I'm excited for camp … hopefully it starts. I'm very excited to try and prove to everyone that I can be a full-time defenceman in the league this year."

Tanev is part of a large contingent of NHLers taking part in the BioSteel Hockey Camp this week north of Toronto, run by performance trainers Gary Roberts and Matt Nichol. For Tanev, the five-day conditioning camp caps off an extended summer of training under Roberts, a veteran of 21 NHL seasons and now a renowned fitness coach for professional athletes.

"I've been [working] with Gary since May, Monday to Saturday," Tanev said. "He knows what he's doing. Everything with him is intense, from workouts, to what you eat, to off-ice treatments."

Committing to a strict off-season regimen is doubly crucial for Tanev, who is trying to catch up to some of the more physically developed players in his age bracket. Standing 6-foot-2, and weighing 185 pounds last season, he was not operating with much margin for error on the blue line. This summer, Tanev has gained roughly seven pounds through weight training and ditching junk food for "healthy stuff."

Although he is still far from physically imposing, Tanev has come a long way from his high school days when he could not find a midget hockey team to take him seriously. He says he was barely over five feet tall in Grade 10 and it wasn't until Grade 12 that he landed a spot with the Durham Fury of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

After two additional seasons in that league, Tanev headed south to the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he recorded 28 points in 41 games. He played an integral role in the Tigers' surprising run to the NCAA's Frozen Four and was named the 2010 Atlantic Hockey Association's rookie of the year. After negotiating with several NHL organizations, Tanev signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Vancouver.

Tanev has earned an early reputation as a calm, puck-moving defenceman, but in concert with his effort to become more physically imposing in the defensive zone, Tanev is also aiming to add a little more oomph to his shot.

"Definitely trying to add more offence," said Tanev, still goalless through 54 regular season contests. "It comes with confidence I guess. I rarely shoot, so it is something everyone has told me I have to do. I've been working on my shot all summer, so I've got to get a shoot-first mentality instead of always passing."

Roberts is confident that Tanev can be an effective two-way player.

"I think he does have those abilities," Roberts said. "He's got great hands, moves the puck well and skates well. Once he gets a little confidence, I think that's going to be big for him. To go to camp and see that he's got that strength, and to see that he's got that speed and that ability to compete with guys in the National Hockey League, I think that'll really help him get off to a good start.

"I look for him to play lots of games for Vancouver this year and have a great season."

Where exactly Tanev slots in Vancouver's back-end hierarchy remains to be seen. Late last season he paired with Dan Hamuis to form an effective shutdown duo, while also seeing time alongside Keith Ballard in the post-season.

Regulars Sami Salo and Aaron Rome have signed elsewhere this off-season, creating a window of opportunity for Tanev to find consistent minutes in coach Alain Vigneault's lineup.

"He's done his work," Roberts said. "You know that he is prepared for the test, and the test obviously is training camp and proving to those guys that he is doing his work in the summer."

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#2 EvoLu7ioN

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:47 AM

Really excited to see what he can do when the next NHL season happens. Guys like Neal, MDZ, Stamkos, and Skinner have all followed up a summer training with Roberts with a breakout year.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:48 AM

I am excited for this season. I'm looking forward to seeing him and Schroeder this year.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:59 AM

I am ecited to see Tanev actually score a regular season goal!
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:21 AM

Y'know... There are other hockey camps...
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:34 AM

Really excited to see him play!
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:00 AM

While the article is interesting, it's been common knowledge for awhile he's been working out with Gary Roberts. I'd heard he's been working on his shot previously as well, but it's good that he does have that focus so he can further improve his game.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:07 AM

I hope im not anywhere public when he scores his 1st goal, im gonna lose it!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:18 AM

Watch Tanev score at the start or end of a period so that half the crowd at Rogers arena won't see it and many viewers who turn on their tv a little late miss It too!

But anyway, would love to see Tanev this season. He sounds like he's really keen on getting icetime and proving himself. He'll be great with Ballard.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:27 AM

Why isn't Mason Raymond in that camp, if anyone in the entire league belongs in that camp its Mason "Bambi Zamboni" Raymond.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:44 AM

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:11 AM

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:40 AM

Question: If Tanev were working out at Twist instead, would this get a thread?
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:41 AM

Hope he gains some muscle mass. Dude is built like a twig.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:44 AM

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:48 AM

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My sources say yes; there's a 90% chance.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:58 AM

My sources say yes; there's a 90% chance.


Is this your source?

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:30 AM

Trees falling in the forest sucks, dude. Pine beetles are wiping out our forests and it's a huge problem for us, actually. So goddamn rights i'm griping about it. Aren't you?
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:50 AM

Trees falling in the forest sucks, dude. Pine beetles are wiping out our forests and it's a huge problem for us, actually. So goddamn rights i'm griping about it. Aren't you?


Pine beetles are better than trees. Without pine beetles we wouldn't have hits such as "Yellow Submarine". So stop griping, and listen to some music.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:14 PM

Raymond should really train with Gary
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Oh hello Alain Vigneault, I see what you did there... good one.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:27 PM

I am excited for this season. I'm looking forward to seeing him and Schroeder this year.


You planning on traveling back and forth from Vancouver to Chicago?
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:35 PM

Pine beetles are better than trees. Without pine beetles we wouldn't have hits such as "Yellow Submarine". So stop griping, and listen to some music.

I am listening to music. Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh.

Hey, y'know what could be considered being part of the Rocky Mountain Way? Trees. Lots of trees. So go hug one, Ringo.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:39 PM

I am listening to music. Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh.

Hey, y'know what could be considered being part of the Rocky Mountain Way? Trees. Lots of trees. So go hug one, Ringo.


That music couldn't have been written without the tree's being processed into paper.

Down with all the trees!
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:56 PM

I really think that if there's a season, Tanev will have his breakout year.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:10 PM

Raymond should really train with Gary


Not everyone should try with Gary, but Raymond should find someone to help him put on mass.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:11 PM

I like to see Tanev get more confidence and minutes. So far I have been impressed with him.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:12 PM

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Settle down, son.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:25 PM

I've always been a fan of Tanev. If he puts on weight, he is going to be a tough machine. He doesn't panic. Stoked to see him this season.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:29 PM

Send Mason Raymond over to Scotland I'll get him a place training with Edinburgh

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:29 PM

Tanev's first goal is gonna be awesome! Hope this season starts on time... :picard:
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