Darcy Hordichuk

Ground and Chuk

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Count Darcy Hordichuk of the Vancouver Canucks as another hockey player that has implemented mixed martial arts into his off-ice training.

Hordichuk spent two weeks this summer at the Pit, home of famed trainer John Hackleman, and his most successful student, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.

From the Vancouver Province:

At a place called The Pit in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Hordichuk endured twice-daily workout regimens for two weeks after his wife, Lisa, parlayed her friend’s familiarity with Hackleman into a training invitation.

“It’s all about confidence and just seeing how those guys work—they train, then they’re meditating on the beach and running in the hills—was kind of neat and a good experience,” Hordichuk said Wednesday following an informal skate at Burnaby 8-Rinks.

“Obviously, it’s lot different than training on the ice. It’s violent, but it’s a controlled violence and there are things you can learn from hitting the bag with them, wrestling and other stuff to get your stamina up a bit. Like your angles coming into a fight. I’ve had my style for the last 15 years and it has worked for me, but I can do some different things.”

The article also quotes Hackleman as saying that Hordichuk’s punching power will apparently be five times as effective this season because of the training he went through. After losing a bit of the popularity he generated early on his career with a bunch of exciting fights, we could see Hordichuk’s star rise again, this time because of his power, not just his fast hands.

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