Thursday, November 1, 2012

Selanne and Getzlaf

With the lockout showing no end in sight NHL players are looking for ways to stay in shape.  While some have chosen to go overseas and play in the KHL and other European leagues others are content to stay in North America.  A group made up of mostly Anaheim Ducks players are skating three times a week at the Ducks practice facility in Anaheim.  Veterans like Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, along with Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonas Hiller, Francois Beauchemin as well as Devon Setoguchi (Minnesota Wild) and Dustin Penner (LA Kings).
While the players who have chosen to participate in the leagues overseas may be in better game shape come the eventual start of the season, players like Ryan Getzlaf have chosen to stay behind because of family responsibilities.
"With a 20 month old and my wife due with our second child in December there is no way I could have taken off and be that far away from home", the Ducks captain told Westcoasthky.
The group practices hard for 90 minutes going through all the standard skating and shooting drills that would take place during a normal NHL practice before ending off with a little 2on2 hockey game.

Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf looking on during 2 on 2 game

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