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Liz Brownstein from Anaheim Ducks Examiner Discussing Troy Bodie

 

An Email from Liz Brownstein, who writes for the Anaheim Ducks Examiner

NOTE:  I emailed Liz Brownstein who had written an article in the Anaheim Duck Examiner to ask for her insights into the play of  Troy Bodie.  She kindly responded.  I then asked her if I could post her email as a fanpost and she agreed.  Here's her email from today, November 18, 2010.  I really appreciate her insights and her willingness to let me post the email here at Canes Country. (Doug Abrams)

Liz Brownstein

Anaheim Ducks Featured Columnist

Anaheim Ducks Examiner

November 18, 2010

I have been a big Bodie fan ever since he came up from the AHL, granted he did dance between the NHL and AHL for a little while, but when I saw him at training camp there was no doubt that he had an apparent hunger that really translated to a solid work ethic both on and off the ice.  In the words of Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle: "We have nothing but good things to say about Troy Bodie, the kind of individual he is and how hard he worked at it."

I am a strange sort of hockey fan, I find myself more mesmerized by the goaltenders, and the players who are supposed to be offense-driven but still make beautiful plays on the backcheck, that's where Troy Bode fits in.  He is a very defensively-driven forward, a trait that I think is all too scarce in the hockey world today.  He is a very valuable asset to any shutdown line, as well as penalty killing units, an area that statistics show me Carolina could use a little help in (they are ranked 28th in penalty killing %).

Given what I just told you, about my preferences toward the more defensive forwards, it shouldn't be a surprise that on my (rather lengthy) list of favorite Ducks players names like Travis Moen, Sammy Pahlsson, and Mike Brown are uncharacteristically high, and considering we lost Brown in a trade during the draft (a move I really disliked) Bodie really stepped into the void that was left by the absence of Brown.  

Yes, Bodie is a big-bodied player, and he is still young and has yet to peak really, he continues to grow even after you think he's plateaued.  He's willing to sacrifice his body to block shots and keep them away from the goalie, and he has a work ethic that is apparent every time he gets the nod for another shift, shorthanded or even strength.

I know that I'm being a stereotypical blogger here by going into the philanthropy side of Bodie, but honestly, I believe that if hockey wasn't as philanthropic of a sport, it would have lost a lot of followers years ago.  Bodie is one of those guys who, rumor had it, everyone wanted to be around.  He would participate in any and every opportunity to help the community he was in, and I don't expect that to change in Carolina.

I understand why Murray let him go, he really wasn't playing as much as he deserves to here in Anaheim (no one will deny we are a team with way too many forwards ready to be dressed each night), and I genuinely hope he gets the opportunity he deserves in Carolina.

If you have any more questions feel free to e-mail me, I hope this helped answer some of your questions!

Liz Brownstein

Anaheim Ducks Featured Columnist

Anaheim Ducks Examiner

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Excerpt from a follow up email, November 18, 2010, from Liz Brownstein:

It's rare to find a player that is as well rounded between size, speed, ability, and willingness to sacrifice for the betterment of the team, and even a player with three of those four is an asset in my eyes.  Bodie has the size, the willingness, and he's solid in the speed and ability departments, even if they aren't his strong suits.  I really don't think that you will be disappointed in him as a player, he really is a tremendous player.

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Here's the link to the article by Liz Brownstein that discusses Troy Bodie:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/519760-troy-bodie-lost-to-waivers-while-cam-fowler-here-to-stay

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