WHAT IT’S LIKE...

…to pre­pare for a heavy work­load on the blue­line

The Hockey News - - Buzz - – WITH RYAN KENNEDY

I’ve al­ways been known as a guy who logs a lot of min­utes on the ice and, hon­estly, I feel like it’s eas­ier. The more you’re on the ice, the more you can get into the flow of the game.

Most of the time now, I’ll take the op­tion not to take the morn­ing skate. I’ve been do­ing that for the past few years and it seems to have helped.

In the sum­mer, I work out in the morn­ing for up to an hour and a half and spend time at the rink in the af­ter­noon. I’ve al­ways done the same thing in the sum­mer. I’ve been pretty con­sis­tent through­out my ca­reer.

What helps me pre­serve en­ergy dur­ing games is that I try to think about the play in­stead of be­ing re­ally ag­gres­sive and phys­i­cal. I don’t al­low my­self to get out of po­si­tion by try­ing to make a big hit; I sur­vey the play a bit more.

There are cer­tain sit­u­a­tions you get ramped up for, of course. At the end of the game, you want to be the guy counted on dur­ing in­tense mo­ments and you find that ex­tra fuel in your tank.

Post-game, I try to stay all-nat­u­ral. I don’t do ice baths or any­thing like that be­cause I feel that once you start, it messes with your head. Some nights you don’t feel good af­ter, but you just have to give your­self a bet­ter warm-up next time to get the legs go­ing.

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