Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev will never be confused with the Incredible Hulk or Montreal Canadiens wide-bodied defenceman Douglas Murray who is hockey's version of the fictional behemoth.
Tanev is tall and slim but at least he is no longer a total string bean. When he signed with the Canucks as an NCAA free agent three years ago Tanev was a featherweight “170 pounds or something.” Now he has worked his way up to middleweight status.
“I weighed in this year at 195 so I'm slowly climbing the ladder” the 23-year-old from Toronto said this week. “I think I can put on another five to 10 pounds but it's going to take a while. I'm still growing and still maturing. I think I am a young 23-year-old. I started developing later than most. But ha! There is not a chance I could ever be as big as Douglas Murray.”
Tanev's story has been well documented. He was a 5-2 runt in Grade 10 and playing high school hockey because he couldn't make a midget team. (No pun intended.) Now he's a ...