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Planning the attack - SEP.21.08

Darcy Hordichuk


<table align="center" border="0" width="80%"><tbody><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/10/darcy_blog.jpg" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1">This is my first trip here to Whistler but what a beautiful place. To have training camp up here is pretty exciting. Unfortunately we're only here for a couple of days so we haven't had the chance to go around very much. This is definitely a place where I'd like to come back to in the future and I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the winter.

We've got out and done a little bit of exploring, but it's tough with the practices and everything is so intense and at this point that pretty much everyone just wants to get back to the hotel to rest and get focused for the next day focus. Especially for a new guy like me - I've got a lot to prove here.

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/09/sep2008_camp25_t.jpg" align="right" hspace="4" vspace="2">My roommate is Bernier. He's a guy I used to run every time I played against San Jose. Now we're roommates. He's a good kid, down to earth. That's what you look for in a teammate.

I guess he's not too upset about the past year or two. We're actually getting along great. We've got our routine working: get up, get breakfasts together, hit the bus and off to the rink.

We found the hot tub the first day and we've been hanging out there after practice. It's been a good couple of days but too bad it's ending.

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/09/sep2008_skate01_t.jpg" align="left" hspace="4" vspace="2">There's been one hitch though: Bern says said that I've been snoring but I don't believe it. I'm not a snorer. Maybe he's hearing something through the walls or maybe he's trying to squeeze a little guilt out of me. I'm not biting,

Mostly we're on the same page though – shutting it down at the same time, and watching the same TV. Sometimes though, he likes to do little things and I have to just rough him up just to put him in place. I have to let him know, right?!?! Intimidation's the key with roommates, I think. No, seriously, I think he's great and hopefully I can get someone who I can get along with like that for the rest of the year.

I feel bad because his English is actually really good but my French on the other hand... I took it for nine years in school and sometimes I can pick up the odd French word but I'm still struggling with that. If you don't use it, you just tend to lose it. And I've lost it.

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/09/sep2008_camp07_t.jpg" align="right" hspace="4" vspace="2">There's one upside to a short camp like this – it's intense and it's easy to get into it right away. The last couple of days have been pretty up-tempo. I'm impressed by how fast it is and how great the passes are. Everybody seems to be ready and they know it was only a couple of days.

The other things is I like the fact that you don't have to run your own teammates and you don't have to fight your own guys on the team. That's not good for anyone. With camp being so quick, we can focus on pre-season and take it out on some of the other teams. You always hate to see guys get hurt, especially on your team, so I'm glad about the way they're doing it this year.

I'm not playing tomorrow night in Edmonton, so I'll have to wait another day or two, but I'm excited to play again.



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Great blog Darcy! Good to hear you like Whistler. It is quite beautiful! Too bad your not playing tomorrow but good luck when you do! :P

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Hey Darcy!

Great blog! I bet it was exciting in Whistler it's so beautiful there. Goodluck this week, can't wait to see you play



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Hey Darcy!

Hopefully we'll see you play soon as all of us looking foward to it. Whistler is great, especially in the winter. Also good to know you're getting along with Bernier(maybe he's imagining things and you don't snore) Anyways even if it is only preseason I can't wait to watch the game tomorrow against the Oilers! Great blog and thanks for keeping us updated.

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Hi Darcy,

Super excited that we signed you. The last few years we didn't have anyone who could deal with the big guys on other teams and I think that caused problems for us at both ends. I count can't how many times people crashed Roberto.

Vancouver is a laid back city but we like ole time hockey.

Good luck this year and all the best with the baby on the way.

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Daer Darcy...

Welcome to Vancouver.

Please destroy the following people:

Boogaard, Stortini, Laperierre, Avery and the entire roster of the Calgary Flames.

Thank you in advance,

-Big Dog

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Great hockey player and a half decent writer. Really excited to see you out on the ice tomorrow, nice to have some legitimate grit back on the Canucks.

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hey chucker!!

im really excited to see you do what you do out there on the ice so whenever that is, i'll be watchin ;) its nice to see you and bernier get along so well and i'll keep the intimidation thing in mind in a few years time :lol:

best of luck this season!! throw em up!

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Hey Darcy, great blog so far, It's always nice to see a fellow Saskatchewanian make it (espescially on my favorite team). Keep up the good work, I hope you have a great year and I can't wait to see you play when you guys visit chicago (since I live out here now).

Oh, and good luck with the baby :)

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Guest andrew lyons


Can't wait to see you lay down some smack on Edmonton's Prima Donnas. Score a goal tonight and you'll be a god. There's a massive niche for a player like you here! cheers...

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