As the seasons change, so does a hockey player’s focus. Offseason strength and conditioning sessions and summer camps give way to preseason training and more time on the ice, and the Bruins are gearing up for camp.
Player nutrition also changes as foods come in and out of season. I already miss the heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil from our garden, but I absolutely love the pumpkin protein pancakes and chili that I’ve been making recently (see recipe). Access also changes from free range of the kitchen at home to navigating a dining hall or school cafeteria. Some players tell me that they are able to eat in class or that their school provides a midmorning snack period, while others say that they aren’t even allowed to carry a water bottle.
As hockey players settle in to their fall schedules, below are some tips to keep them fueled, hydrated and on top of their game academically and athletically.