VANCOUVER — In the summer after his 20th birthday, there were a lot of things Frankie Corrado probably wanted to do.
The guitarist could have cobbled together a band and VW bus and gone touring. Or he could have surfed in Hawaii or backpacked around Europe or simply enjoyed being young and free and hung out with other cool kids in Toronto.
Instead, Corrado briefly visited Kitchener and Sudbury to see the families who had billeted him in junior hockey. Pretty much the rest of his wild summer was spent in the gym or at the rink.
“It was a pretty stiff schedule,” Corrado said this week. “Especially at my stage and where I am now, I can’t miss any (training) days in the summer. The big thing for me was to put on some weight and get a little stronger. That comes with time. You can’t do it all in one summer.”
Corrado tried. The 6-foot-2 defenceman arrived at the Vancouver...