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What types of food should I eat before lacing up the skates?

Any time you ask your mind and your body to perform at a high level, they need ultra-octane fuel. Like a high-performance race car, a hockey player requires top notch fuel. In fact, your body is much more complex than any race car. On the ice, are you driving a 1982 Pinto or a 2010 Ferrari? A pre-game meal that is high in complex carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes, rice), contains moderate protein levels (fish, chicken) is a good formula. Be disciplined when it comes to high fat foods, foods containing poor fuel, especially prior to a game or workout (French fries, burgers, hot dogs, chips, fast food, deep fried foods, deserts).

If the high-octane fuel never gets to your engine, what's the point. Stay away from the big T-bone steak and sides of beef as they tend to be much more difficult for your body to breakdown and digest in a short period. Allow 3-4 hours for complete digestion and avoid high fat foods. Lastly, drink plenty of fluids. This too will aid in digestion. Several glasses of water 1-2 hours before competition and frequent re-hydration during competition helps control your body temperature (sweating) and aides in digestion, energy utilization and helps control lactic acid buildup (heavy legs).

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The following article was copied from the Toronto Star, Thursday, March 16, 2000

A Fact of Life

During the course of this hockey season, it has been brought to my attention that many people are unhappy with the state of officiating at the minor hockey level. Several articles have been written in newspapers suggesting that poor officiating is the root cause of escalating violence in our treasured sport. I would like to address this issue on two fronts - as a player, and as an on-ice official.

I began my playing career at the tender age of 8 in an OMHA house league program. I graduated to their select program, and eventually moved through the ranks of A, AA and AAA. I was drafted to the OHL but played my junior at the Tier 11 level while attending university. As an 8 year-old, I knew what was appropriate behaviour on and off the ice. I knew it was wrong to use my stick in a dangerous manner. I knew it was wrong to yell at referees. I knew it was wrong to try and hurt my opponent to gain an advantage. In my entire player career, I was never assessed a match penalty, I was never assessed a gross misconduct, and I didn't get into a fight until my first year in junior hockey when an opponent swung his stick at our trainer and I came to his defense. That fight was also the only game misconduct I was ever assessed.

Most people would say I had a successful hockey career. I played hockey because it was fun. I never considered a career in the NHL. Despite the fact that I wasn't chasing a dream, I wasn't an aggressive player, and my parents made no attempt to push me, I managed to get drafted to the highest level of amateur hockey in Canada - Major Junior. Throughout all that time, I still knew right from wrong and I give all the credit to my parents. I was taught at an early age to respect other people, and that violence was not an appropriate method of dealing with anger. In a sport that encourages the rough going, it is extremely important for parents to clearly make Click Here to Read More

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The following article originates from the west coast of Canada. Hopefully the message will keep us all on the right track remembering that hockey is just a game.

Pushy Parents Need To Remember Sports Is Supposed To Be Fun!

by Mike Beamish

Unable to handle the pressure, too many kids are leaving organized sports at an early age.

While the death of a seven-year-old pilot last spring provoked much outrage and anger, Jessica Dubroff's tragedy is an example, albeit a bizarre and unimaginable one, of something at work across North America: the urge of parents to press, maybe even bully, a child to be the best.

Somehow, somewhere, faith in the simplicity of childhood has been lost. Average just isn't good enough when it comes to raising our children. It is impossible to spend much time around the playing fields and arenas of North America today and not be aware that there are more parents treating their kids like miniature adults. And as shocking as the Dubroff story of pushy, airheaded parenting may seem, to an increasing number of us, it sounds all too familiar. Such intense focus on over achievement is, it seems, a growing phenomenon among those who demand more of those who play.

Too much organization and adult pressure on child athletes can lead to a range of emotional and physical problems in the early teen years, doctors say. If anything, however, the situation could worsen, exacerbated by workaholism, heightened economic insecurity, stress and the pervasive need of some adults to bask in the reflected glory of their kids. With greater and greater rewards available to those who make it, when so many Canadians are desperately trying to hang on to what they already have, the result is parents seeking ever more control over their children's lives.

It is the style of this generation, a manic obsession with highly organized games, practices, structures and achievement. So we see more activities with coaches, referees and regimentation, and less creative,%u2026 Click Here to Read More