Beyond The Benches

Inside Look At A Canucks Practice

The Vancouver Canucks web-series, Train Like A Canuck, is giving viewers this week the chance to see how Canucks prospects go through a morning skate to prepare for games. The prospects practice featured was run by Canucks assistant coach Perry Pearn.

“The main idea behind the practice was preparation, simulate a game day skate,” said Pearn.

Pearn has spent the past two seasons with the Canucks previously working over 20 NHL seasons with other clubs including the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets.

Multi-purpose drills and lots of shots against the goalie were prominent in the practice. Canucks prospect Brett McKenzie, selected 194th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, was on the ice looking to develop his skill set.

“That’s probably more important than game play, that’s where you make all your skills happen and develop as a player,” said McKenzie.

CanucksTV captured Episode 5 that was released on Thursday.