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David Booth unsure he'll be healthy for Canucks' season opener

BY HOSEA CHEUNG ,24 HOURS VANCOUVER

FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2013 04:15 PM EDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2013 04:29 PM EDT

VANCOUVER - With his summer stuck recovering from ankle surgery, David Booth spent more time strengthening his upper body than ever before. He had no choice.

Left to train while being cautious with his left leg — which for some time was also in a cast — the Vancouver Canucks forward at one point shot up to 237 pounds.

It was only about two weeks ago the 28-year-old was finally able to push himself hard with his conditioning, and has now gone back down to about 205 pounds — a weight he wants to be at in order to feel lighter, faster and have higher endurance.

With training camp starting next week and the regular season about a month away, Booth hopes to be ready.

But first, he needs to be medically cleared — which he's not — and he can't really put a percentage on how close he is to being fully healthy or just to be back in game shape.

"Even mid-late August, I was still frustrated with how long this injury takes," Booth said Tuesday, after skating with about 20 other players at the University of B.C. "I was sticking to upper body to stay in shape and it was tough. I pride myself on my skating … so just being able to do that again in the past couple weeks, it's finally feeling good but it is a long time to get to where you need to be.

"It is the most frustrated I've been, even more so than my concussion. You want to be able to do something but you can't."

Last season, Booth played only 12 games for the Canucks, scoring once and adding two assists. He was set back right from the start when he suffered a groin injury on the first day of training camp, and went on to miss the first 14 games of the shortened campaign. Then, after his return, he broke his ankle on March 16 against the Detroit Red Wings, resulting in surgery and the end to his season.

While the injury held him back in the summer and remains a challenge for him moving forward, it also gave the winger time to focus on another part of his off-season growth — strengthening the mental aspect of being a professional athlete. Or in Booth's case, a public figure who has been rather vocal about his Christian faith.

Taking the initiative to learn more, the Detroit native travelled to England with his sister in July for a seven-day course on theology at Oxford.

"It's something I'm interested in," he said. "Just trying to get a better understanding for my faith and why do I believe what I believe? There's a lot of questions that are brought up in societies and in cultures. I just don't want to say, 'Well, that's just what I believe because I believe.' I want to have truth behind it and reasoning behind it so that's why I went over there."

The idea to take the full-day classes was all thanks to the questioning nature of fans he interacts with online, admits Booth.

"It was through my Twitter actually," he said. "I've always been a Christian and just didn't really know anything of the cultural background of Vancouver and people just raised some good questions through some of my tweets, and I guess I didn't have the best answers for them.

"The class is more just to help me communicate with people and have good conversations."

How all that translates into his on-ice performance remains to be seen but Booth stresses his off-ice activities — whether it be hunting or taking classes — is vital to a healthy balance.

"I like learning and challenging the brain," he said. "(Hockey is) so demanding on the stress levels, the mental ability, the capacity to think the game, and as long as you're always training your mind, that actually indirectly helps your hockey game."

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/09/04/david-booth-unsure-hell-be-healthy-for-canucks-season-opener

I personally don't care what he does in the off season, as long as it helps his game!

Hope he recovers quickly!

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Taking the initiative to learn more, the Detroit native travelled to England with his sister in July for a seven-day course on theology at Oxford.

"It's something I'm interested in," he said. "Just trying to get a better understanding for my faith and why do I believe what I believe? There's a lot of questions that are brought up in societies and in cultures. I just don't want to say, 'Well, that's just what I believe because I believe.' I want to have truth behind it and reasoning behind it so that's why I went over there."

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This should come as no surprise to anyone.

This will be another wasted season for him with the Canucks since even when he does get back, the complete lack of off-season training and skating means we won't see the David Booth everybody was hoping to see.

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Taking ANYTHING from Toronto or TSN with a very large grain of salt lately.

That being said I am on the fence. One part of me desperately wants Booth to come back healthy and ready, energetic and with something to prove rocking a line with Kesler and Schroeder or Santorelli and? And score 30+

Another part of me is happy if he hits LTIR and actually heals up properly, gives us a fraction more cap space on the season and affords us a chance to test out Jensen Gaunce and maybe even Horvat for the pre-season and or a few regular season games.

Either way the optics of this look bad. Still hurt still not playing.

Sigh

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This should come as no surprise to anyone.

This will be another wasted season for him with the Canucks since even when he does get back, the complete lack of off-season training and skating means we won't see the David Booth everybody was hoping to see.

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LMAO you compare Salo a guy that bled Vancouver blue n green, literally nearly lost his nutz playing for us...... to a guy who cant even skate for 20 games in a season ? Booth on his best day will never be as great as Salo was for us. Who knows maybe this is the year Booth explodes for 60 points and shuts everyone up....yeah right.

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