It is easy to make fun of David Booth. I know I've done it. From overzealous training that contributed to his opening-day groin strain last training camp to his tone-deaf online bragging about legally baiting and killing a bear in Alberta to his Twitter-account-as-pulpit from which Booth preached after the massacre of small children in Connecticut that it was time to put bibles back in schools (as opposed to say taking guns out of America) the Vancouver Canuck winger has seemed intent at times on becoming a caricature. “Yeah he's a weird dude” Canuck coach John Tortorella said Wednesday quickly adding that this wasn't necessarily a bad thing. “It's good to have weird dudes” Tortorella said. “Sometimes we have locker rooms that are just blase. You need personality. As you go through a long year you need some things to happen and I'm sure he'll find a few things along the way for us.” David Booth is so weird that after two tumultuous years as a Canuck when he has been ridiculed and criticized as often as he has been injured the 28-year-old still desperately earnestly wants to play in Vancouver. “I remember reading a quote that to avoid criticism say nothing do nothing be nothing” Booth said during a quiet interview in the Canucks' locker room at Rogers Arena. “Whatever you do people will always have their opinion and whether they agree with you or not it's not up to you. “I think this is probably the best city to play in in the NHL. It's absolutely gorgeous. I love the outdoor activities you can do around here. It is a hockey market with crazy fans who come and support you. “I really wanted to get off to just a big start feeling 100 per cent right come Game 1. I had a big burden I felt to just really jump out to a big personal start. . . to help this team. I think it was probably the hardest time of my career and it wasn't even in the season.” That time was training camp in September when essentially to protect Booth from himself Tortorella and the Canucks decided to hold the Detroit native out of some games and training sessions. Booth missed the first 14 games last season due to his self-inflicted groin injury at camp and the Canucks' final 21 games due to a broken ankle suffered in a collision during a contest in March. He spent all spring and summer recovering from surgery to repair his ankle. The previous season which included an October trade from the Florida Panthers Booth was limited by a major knee injury. He has played only 72 games as a Canuck scoring 18 goals. “Knock on wood we just don't want him to be in and then out (of the lineup)” Tortorella said. “You can see how he carries himself on the ice that he's more and more confident as each game goes by.” Booth has played all four of them since the Canucks' regular season started. He scored against the Flames – his second goal since the 2011-12 season – Sunday in Calgary then assisted on Mike Santorelli's overtime winner Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.
David Booth brings something 'different' to Canucks
Vancouver Sun | Oct 10