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Meet the d-man that crushed it at the NHL scouting combine

Jun 4, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT


Pictured here is Tyler Lewington, a defenseman from WHL Medicine Hat that finished No. 66 on Central Scouting’s 2013 NHL Draft rankings list.

That was before he worked out, though.

If fitness and strength tests are enough to adjust those rankings, then Lewington would be the guy to do it — he dominated a series of events at the recently completed NHL Scouting Combine.

The 6-foot-1, 189-pound Lewington finished atop the bench press competition (16 reps at 150 pounds), the push up competition (42), the push strength competition (341 pounds) and finished sixth in pull strength (296 pounds).

He was the only player at the combine to place first in more than one category.

Lewington, 18, had a successful ’13 campaign with Medicine Hat, scoring 2G-24A-26PTS in 69 games while fighting nine times. He also appeared in eight playoff games for the Tigers, scoring once while racking up 14 PIM.

Oh, and in case you’re curious, his favorite all-time NHL players are Bobby Orr and Chris Pronger.

So in addition to being strong, he’s also got good taste in who to model his game after.

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  1. supercoop8 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Judging by his hair color I think we can predict he ends up drafted by the Flyers.

    • kingcobraman - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      I will bet that’s 15 more than u can do…

      • imleftcoast - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        I can bench 150 and do 42 pushups (but not in the one minute, which I’m guessing is all the time they had).

        Wouldn’t Boston have first pick of the Irish? They seem to have cornered the market on leprechauns.

  2. hosewater2 - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    16 reps of 150 lbs wins the bench press? I hope the football homers don’t read this post.

    • islesjb - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      I think it’s a little more impressive when you take into consideration that they’re also doing push-ups and push/pull strength

      • esracerx46 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        Keep in mind these are 17 and 18 yr old kids. Not 21-23 yr old men that weigh 300+. And as far as the 150….maybe something got lost in translation from the metric system?

    • f2maestro - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Agreed.. I wonder why it’s 150 and not 155? (45lbs bar, 2X45lbs wheel, 2x10lbs ) I didn’t even realize they made 2.5lbs weights for barbells.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Too busy using a nordictrack instead of weights?

    • f2maestro - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      I wonder why they don’t incorporate Squats or Deadlifts in the combine? I would think those exercises would be more telling than a bench press.

      • GH - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        This was the most glaring omission that I saw as well. I mean obviously there is plenty of opportunities to made speed and burst and things of that nature by watching game tape, but if you’re going to do Bench then this is probably just as applicable.

    • withseidelinn - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      16 reps is more than you think.

  3. travishenryskid - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    So, how does he skate?

  4. sjsharks66 - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Yeah i was not impressed by the 16 rep bench press.. Still the amount of weight he did in the other ones I bet he can bench more.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    6’1″, 190lbs at 18 y/o? Shoot, I was that height but 165 at 18. That kid is beefy. Should only get bigger as he gets older.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I love that people are chirping a kid for how much he benches.

    When’s the PHT commenters combine so we can compare numbers?

    • gaborik104life - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Hey Hey. Physical meetings are not what the internet is for. It is for talking like a big man behind a screen. How did you not know that?

  7. tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I think some people think these #’s put up by 17-18 year olds are somehow comparable to 22-23 year old college juniors and seniors. And then think comparing the bench #’s for a O or D lineman is apples to apples for a hockey player. QB’s RB’s WR’s don’t put up much in the press because you know….their whole “deal” isn’t about leveraging and moving heavy objects, kinda like it isn’t a hockey players deal either.

  8. tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Oh, and speak for yourself Halford

    (In a sweet southern accent) “I’m in my prime “

  9. ju8686 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    The NHL test is MUCH different from what we’re used to with the NFL. They actually have to lift in time with a metronome and only do one rep every 2.5 seconds (or something like that). Not to mention most football players are 22 or older …

  10. kingcobraman - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    if you lived in a hurricane area you would respect and appreciate the logo…

  11. kingcobraman - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    oops wrong story…

  12. comeonnowguys - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    respect? A little overdramatic.

  13. titansrbeast - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Respect the Hurricane. RESPECT it!

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