Hockey coaches know that the secret to season success has a lot to do with what goes into the players belly. Just look at the Hawks. It’s no NHL secret that they put a lot of emphasis on their diet when they won Stanley Cup yet again. Want to have that same success for your league team, take a look at what the players eat.
During their run for the cup, the Chicago Blackhawks were being fueled by the JW Marriot, who took a special interest in their home team’s success. For this reason they tailored a sports nutrition program just for the team. This is in line with the “banquet culinary program” that partners with large groups that stay in the hotel.
According to the hotel chef, sports teams that stay in the hotel have very specific dietary needs, and they take pride in being able to meet them. They take the time to work closely with the coaches to ensure that they are able to provide the right nutritional content including fat and calories.
The NHL Diet
Being an endurance sport, the hockey player diet needs to be filled with high quality carbs, lean proteins and a variety of vegetables that add different nutritional benefits. Preparing the wrong foods or not preparing the right foods correctly could have a detrimental effect on a team, especially during the high stress of play offs. For this reason, the hotel took special care with the Blackhawks, sourcing local vegetables and meat and chicken products. This gave them an edge by fulfilling dietary needs with all natural foods.
Some of the preparation methods included grilling fish and meat over wood burning grills, and roasting chicken. They also made use of the kitchen deep fryer by using olive oil to fry chicken wings and drumsticks, potatoes and even some vegetables as a tempura.
Olive oil in a deep fryer provides valuable health benefits that traditional cooking oils do not have. It contains unsaturated fats that help meet the high caloric demand of a hockey player. So long as the food is drained well after being removed from the deep fryer, the chefs were able to create tasty meals for the NHL players that were right in line with their nutritional needs.
This menu was obviously right on track, as the Blackhawks were able to skate their way to Stanley Cup victory once again. If your league team is struggling, take a look at the player’s diets to see if maybe that is what is holding you back from coming in first.