Is it October yet?
As we inch into mid-August, it won’t be long before Canucks players start making their return to Vancouver. Players typically roll into town in early September for on-ice workouts in preparation for training camp, which takes place September 13-15 in Victoria this year.
So as we wait for Brock Boeser’s contract situation to get figured out, let’s see what some Canucks players have been up to this summer.
Bo Horvat likely had the busiest summer of all his teammates, getting married to longtime girlfriend/fiancee Holly Donaldson in July.
And yes, they now proudly own bride and groom t-shirts (not to mention the mugs).
Elias Pettersson was named Rookie of the Year, as expected. He picked up the Calder Trophy at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas in June.
From there, the 20-year-old travelled to Spain — showing off some slick new sunglasses.
He also showed off his brother’s new dog, named Tequila.
Still unsigned as a restricted free agent, Boeser has spent time back home in Minnesota. Known as the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes,’ you can see why on Boeser’s Instagram page.
This photo sparked a mini-controversy for some Canucks fans on social media, who wondered if Boeser was hiding some kind of arm injury.
Of course, the worries were unjustified.
Just as he has in previous years, Boeser is getting some offseason work in, piling up goals in Da Beauty League. His arm looks just fine, thank you very much.
It’s a HAT TRICK for number 6, Brock Boeser!!
— Da Beauty League (@DaBeautyLeague) August 13, 2019
Boeser was joined on the bench by his father Duke, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
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Jessica Boeser & her dad Duke on the bench the Wednesday before last helping coach @bboeser & Team Bic 🏒 For all the famous & talented folks involved in @dabeautyleague_official you'd have a hard time finding anyone as popular as her dad ♥️ Jessica is asking for prayers for Duke & her family 🙏 A link to his Caring Bridge page can be found in Brock's Instagram profile.
It’s been a family-focused offseason for Quinn Hughes. The rookie Canucks defenceman played with his brother Jack at the World Championships, before seeing his younger brother get drafted first overall by the New Jersey Devils.
The brothers appear to enjoy each other’s company, as they both attended the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Ontario.
Jake Virtanen took a trip to his homeland, and I don’t mean Abbotsford. As his last name suggests, Virtanen is of Finnish Heritage. Here he is with his cousin Jared:
Victoria native Jordie Benn is a Vancouver Canuck, and he and his family certainly seems excited about it.
His mom broke out the Canucks napkins…
…and his significant other threw on a practice jersey…
But signing a new contract with the Canucks wasn’t the biggest thing to happen in Benn’s life this summer. He got engaged to girlfriend Jessi Kohout.
Troy Stecher got to represent Canada at a major international tournament for the first time this offseason when he put on the maple leaf at the World Championships.
From there, it looks like he took it easy with his girlfriend Emma Vincent, taking a visit to Wisconsin before attending former teammate Erik Gudbranson’s wedding in Ontario.
Here’s Oscar Fantenberg wearing a Canucks jersey… Albeit an old model. He’ll have to get some new swag when he arrives in town.
Fantenberg spent time in his native Sweden this summer, attending a few wedding festivities for his older brother.
Jacob Markstrom shared Sweden’s net at the World Championships with Henrik Lundqvist, on a team that also included Canucks teammates Pettersson and Loui Eriksson.
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Sharing the net with Markstrom next season will be Thatcher Demko, who spent some time in his native California this summer.
He also attended the wedding of Mike Matheson…
Yes, that Mike Matheson. They were teammates in college — relax.