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Leaner Tkachuk ready to prove doubters wrong

Updated: September 15, 2006, 7:21 PM ET
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The jokes didn't stop coming.

Last offseason (a year ago Saturday, in fact), the St. Louis Blues suspended veteran Keith Tkachuk for showing up to training camp overweight.

Cue the jokes.

Tkachuk ate one too many hamburgers. Hey Keith, have another doughnut! Tkachuk is a real heavyweight.

"It was difficult," Tkachuk told The Canadian Press. "It was obviously embarrassing and I dealt with it and it's over with. It makes you a stronger person, it really ...

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