Mathew Barzal is one of the most dynamic offensive players in hockey today. After witnessing him score 22 goals and lead the 2017-18 National Hockey League rookie class with 63 assists and 85 points while appearing in all 82 games, you already know that.
But do you know how active the New York Islanders center is during the offseason? If not, you’re about to find out.
Ready? Here we go.
Once his season concludes, Barzal, 6-feet, 189 pounds, retreats home to Vancouver, where recovering from the ice game’s wear and tear dominates his agenda. To an extent, that is.
While the Coquitlam, British Columbia, native stays away from the rink during the offseason’s opening three weeks, he’s not sitting at home watching the latest hit shows on television. Sometimes he’s on the basketball court dribbling and burying 3-pointers. Other times he’s participating in a game of spikeball. No matter what he’s doing, there’s one constant.
"I’m always moving," Barzal asserted.