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Brian McGrattan gets new dance partner on Battle of the Blades

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CALGARY – Flipping through video after video on his phone in search of an angle that shows his finest form, Brian McGrattan’s grin widens.

The clip he’s excited to show isn’t vintage footage from hockeyfights.com or Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Hockey.

It’s iPhone footage from a friend of the six-foot-four, 240-pound retired winger figure skating as he prepares to compete in CBC’s re-born Battle of the Blades.

"I’ve done 1,000 Mohawks in the last two weeks — before that I had done none," chuckled the retired enforcer of a move in which skaters put their heels together, pointing their toes out to carve a turn.

"Unbelievable. I should go back to playing."

Brian McGrattan never raised the Stanley Cup. But had he been so fortunate, the moment may have looked a little like this, as he raises his Battle of the Blades partner Vanessa James during practice. The duo make their debut on the re-born ratings hit tonight. pic.twitter.com/UpmWafvlzJ

— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) September 19, 2019

The delicious irony of the scene is that the man who actually wore a mohawk at times to intimidate opponents wasn’t exactly known for his skating over the course of a rugged, 10-year NHL stint.

Retiring in 2017 as arguably the NHL’s last heavyweight champion, the 38-year-old McGrattan was known for throwing rights at his dance partner.

As the video demonstrates, he now prides himself on coveting his dance partner, Vanessa James, holding her high above his head like he long envisioned raising the Stanley Cup.

"You’ve got to be gentle, graceful," he........

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