Vees forward Cody DePourcq hungry to be leader

Vees forward Cody DePourcq pushed to join Twitter, won't need same pressure to take his game to another level

PENTICTON VEES forward Cody DePourcq (white jersey) is excited about his second season in the BCHL and taking on a bigger leadership role with the defending RBC Cup champions.

PENTICTON VEES forward Cody DePourcq (white jersey) is excited about his second season in the BCHL and taking on a bigger leadership role with the defending RBC Cup champions.

Cody DePourcq finally stepped up and created a Twitter account.

As or Friday afternoon, @DePourcq95 had 143 followers. The second year Penticton Vees forward avoided it last year as he said he didn’t have anything to tweet about.

However, after having his teammates all over him for three days, he caved in Aug. 23.

“It’s fun,” said Depourcq, whose profile picture has him hugging former teammate Curtis Loik. “I’m a little new at it. The guys are bugging me pretty good right now. I’m still trying to work my way through it.”

DePourcq hasn’t tweeted much, sending out five messages to be exact. He’s likely been too busy getting himself ready for the 2012-13 season.

One thing his teammates won’t have to get on him about is stepping up on the ice. Even when DePourcq wasn’t working out and spending time with friends, he still had his mind on hockey. He loves being on the ice.

“I never like to take a break,” said DePourcq.

“It’s been really good,” he said of training camp. “It’s been really tiring but we had a day off after main camp and I’m feeling good and I think the team is.”

Depourcq, also known as Porky to his teammates, spent five weeks in Calgary training at Crash Conditioning. During that time he worked out and skated. During his rest time

“It was exactly what I wanted and I was able to watch some really good players, some NHL players, Jordan Eberle and Mike Green, I just tried to learn from them,” said DePourcq.

He also worked on his shot as he looks to improve on his six-goal rookie campaign. In training with NHL players, DePourcq discovered how hard they work.

“I really tried to work on my legs and speed and I think I gained a lot out of Calgary,” he said.

Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson said that the five-foot-six, 160-pound forward has looked great.

“He trained his butt off,” said Harbinson. “He’s more mature. Skating with (Brad) McLure and (Michael) Rebry, they have looked good.”

And Harbinson has noticed confidence in the 17-year-old.

“He played a lot on the fourth line,” said Harbinson. “With three minutes left in a 2-2 game of the RBC Cup final he was on the ice. It showed the confidence I had in him. He will take another step.”

DePourcq said he feels confident coming in as a veteran. His goal is to contribute the best he can.

“Contributing doesn’t always mean points, but also playing well,” he said. “Being a leader on and off the ice. Any time there is a chance to score a goal, you try your best to put it in.”

DePourcq is enjoying skating with McClure and Rebry. He described McClure as a great goal scorer and Rebry has speed to burn.

“It should be a good year with them,” said DePourcq, who is looking to be more of a leader and help the Vees succeed.

“We’re going to be very fast, very hard working,” he continued. “I think teams are going to have a tough time playing against us.”