Booth makes Kesler better, this is where the Tebow comparisons begin.While not going as far as painting bible verses on his face, Booth has been open about his Christian faith since his Florida Panther days (Tebow was raised in Florida and had a successful college career with the Florida Gators) and attributes religion as major contributor to his Hockey success.The Canucks finally acquired the power forward they were looking for, while the loss of Samuelsson would be cushioned by the play of Chris Higgins who was acquired eight months earlier.The 27-year-old winger made an immediate impact for the Canucks, scoring in pressure situations and combining well with fellow American team-mate Ryan Kesler.The arrival in professional sports of players such as Tim Tebow in the NFL, Jeremy Lin in the NBA and David Booth in the NHL make a nice change from the Adam ‘Pac-man’ Jones and Sean Avery types, the former convicted of various off-the-field conduct charges and the later with the infamous ‘sloppy seconds’ quote.The idea of Tim Tebow or David Booth making front-page headlines through womanizing or drug taking seems ludicrous and whether a person is religious or not, these are the types of people the young players of tomorrow should be idolizing and looking up to.
Tim Tebow, at 24, has already started his own ‘Tim Tebow Foundation’, spreading faith, hope and love for those needing a brighter day.
Despite nearly all of the Canucks players going through some kind of scoring slump so far this season, there is no doubt the presence of Booth alongside Kesler on the second line has led to an increase of production from the powerful centre.
Booth and Kesler have great chemistry, leading back to the 1999/00 season when they both played for the Detroit Honeybaked in the Midwest Elite Hockey League.
By Libby Morse (Photos by Matthew Gilson) In 1969, David Booth packed up his Valiant convertible and left Lawrence, Kansas, to begin the doctoral program at Chicago Booth. Booth had spent his teenage years in a house just down the street from Allen Fieldhouse.
He had already earned a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in business from the University of Kansas.