Hordichuk lighter but still tough

Canucks enforcer Darcy Hordichuk may have lost 10 pounds, but he still knows why he's in the NHL in...

Canucks enforcer Darcy Hordichuk may have lost 10 pounds, but he still knows why he's in the NHL in the first place. (Carmine Marinelli, 24 Hours)

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Add Darcy Hordichuk to the list of Canucks who have slimmed down this summer.

The Vancouver forward lost about 10 pounds since the end of last season in hopes of gaining more footspeed in his game.

"I'm 208, 210 right now, it's kind of fluctuating," said Hordichuk yesterday at UBC, adding that he finished last year at 219 lbs. "I feel a little bit lighter and a little bit quicker on the ice, so that's always a good thing."

But that's not going to deter the Kamsack, Saskatchewan native from playing his enforcer role.

"That's why they brought me here," he said. "They know that I have a reputation in the league as a tough guy."

Hordichuk, who had 109 penalty minutes last year in 73 games, ended the season playing alongside Ryan Johnson and Rick Rypien on the fourth line, and he hopes the three can find some success again.

"Those guys are fun to play with and we kind of complement each other," he said. "I'll be the guy driving to the net, just trying to banging in the loose pucks, and if there's any dangling to be done, I'll leave it up to [Rypien] and [Johnson]."

Meanwhile, the Canucks trimmed their preseason roster size down to 49 yesterday by sending Dan Gendur to the Manitoba Moose, while four others -including Surrey's Prab Rai- were assigned to their junior teams. Two more were released.

Vancouver will play the second of nine exhibition games tonight against the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m.


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