How a leaner Fred­erik An­der­sen learned how to take con­trol of his weight

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Fred­erik An­der­sen couldn’t fig­ure out why at the time, but there were points dur­ing his first sea­son with the Toronto Maple Leafs when he no­ticed some un­ex­plained weight gain.

It wasn’t un­til the Dan­ish goal­tender met with trainer Scot Pro­haska in the off-sea­son that the real is­sue – a lack of nu­tri­tional know-how – came to light. Now a leaner An­der­sen has sur­faced at train­ing camp thanks to a sub­tle change to his work­out reg­i­men and a com­mit­ment to an­a­lyz­ing his diet.

“I feel more fit and I feel like I have a bet­ter build,” An­der­sen said Sat­ur­day at the Maple Leafs’ camp in Ni­a­gara Falls, Ont.

An­der­sen had stopped and started var­i­ous diet and work­out habits over his ca­reer and was afraid the ap­pear­ance of weight gain would lead the Leafs to be­lieve those habits had resur­faced.

“I asked him: ‘How many calo­ries does your body re­quire to stay lean and healthy and fuel your work­outs and re­cov­ery while main­tain­ing a healthy me­tab­o­lism?”’ Pro­haska said Mon­day from his fa­cil­ity in New­port Beach, Calif. Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Fred­erik An­der­sen looks up ice dur­ing NHL train­ing camp ac­tion in Ni­a­gara Falls, Ont. on Sep. 15.

An­der­sen didn’t have an an­swer.

“This time it wasn’t bad habits, it was just a lack of knowl­edge,” Pro­haska said.

Af­ter a 26-page anal­y­sis of his blood­work, An­der­sen was able to learn what he was lack­ing in his sys­tem. But he also fig­ured out ex­actly how to fuel his body with the ex­act amount of calo­ries and pro­teins.

“You di­vide them up in dif­fer­ent per­cent­ages of your full diet and you just mon­i­tor your diet a lit­tle bit closer,” An­der­sen said. “Eat­ing more pro­tein to get the

de­sired re­sults is what I wanted and what I had to do that to see the change I wanted to this sea­son.”

When An­der­sen showed up to train­ing camp last week, the re­sults of his phys­i­cal im­pressed Leafs head coach Mike Bab­cock.

“With what Freddy has done from a fit­ness level is through the roof com­pared to last year,” Bab­cock said. “When you earn the right to feel good about your­self by do­ing all the work in the off­sea­son, this stuff is way eas­ier so good on him.”

Last year was the busi­est sea­son of An­der­sen’s NHL ca­reer. He was ac­quired via trade from the Anaheim Ducks for a pair of draft picks and signed to a fiveyear, US$25 mil­lion con­tract on June 20, 2016. He ap­peared in a ca­reer-high 66 reg­u­lar sea­son games and posted a 33-16-14 record, a .918 save per­cent­age, and four shutouts.

But it was far from a smooth tran­si­tion. On Sept. 2, 2016, An­der­sen suf­fered a sus­pected shoul­der in­jury dur­ing a pre-Olympic qual­i­fy­ing game and it pre­vented him from skat­ing for nearly four weeks. He had to with­draw from the World Cup of Hockey and missed most of train­ing camp.

An­der­sen healed in time for the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son, but he strug­gled in Oc­to­ber. He al­lowed 26 goals in his first seven games and posted a .876 save per­cent­age.

When An­der­sen checked into train­ing camp on Fri­day, it was a much dif­fer­ent story. Gone was the anx­ious­ness of join­ing a new team. There were no in­juries or tour­na­ment dis­trac­tions.

“All of those things were some­thing I didn’t have to worry about this sum­mer which was re­ally nice, and I was able to fo­cus on get­ting in the shape that I wanted to be in,” he said.

This sea­son, An­der­sen is ex­pected to start in as many as 68 reg­u­lar sea­son games bar­ring any in­juries. His backup, Cur­tis McEl­hin­ney, was re-signed by the Leafs on July 1 to a two-year, $1.7-mil­lion con­tract and is pro­jected to start in 14 games, when Toronto plays on con­sec­u­tive nights.

With ex­pec­ta­tions in Toronto in­creased af­ter a bet­ter-thanex­pected 2016-17 cam­paign, a healthy An­der­sen has pre­pared him­self for any sce­nario.

“I leaned up a lit­tle bit and ev­ery­thing (in my game) comes from that,” An­der­sen said. “You get faster, you’re con­di­tion­ing gets bet­ter and the by-prod­uct of that is that you can feel like you are at the top of your game for longer.”

“i leaned up a lit­tle bit and ev­ery­thing (in my game) comes from that … you get faster, you’re con­di­tion­ing gets bet­ter and the by-prod­uct of that is that you can feel like you are at the top of your game for longer.” Toronto Maple Leafs goal­tender Fred­erik An­der­sen

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