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The dry Alberta air is no match for the Senators

Nov 17, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators are in the midst of a six-game road trip that’s already seen stops in Buffalo, Toronto and Calgary, with tonight’s game in Edmonton followed by visits to Vancouver and Pittsburgh.

Fortunately, they packed their humidifiers.

That tidbit courtesy the Ottawa Citizen’s story, “Sens take travel science on road,” an interesting look at all the things the team does to promote success away from home.

Apparently the humidifiers are to ”combat the dry prairie air” in Alberta. More evidence that today’s professional athletes are…really coddled. Can’t imagine the 1970s Flyers traveled with humidifiers. Dave Schultz’s nose whistled at night, and that’s the way he liked it.

In addition to keeping the air nice and moist, the Sens also advise their players to hydrate – “Close to bed time, have a shower and ensure the room is tidy, drapes drawn to maximize melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep” – and limit their time watching TV, playing video games or using Ipads – “The blue light from these sources inhibit the body’s ability to produce melatonin.”

The Ottawa Senators – leading the NHL in the production of melatonin.

Can’t argue with the results though. The Sens are 2-1-0 on the trip with a great chance to get another win tonight against the slumping Oilers.

  1. govtminion - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    What’s next? Oxygen masks on the visitors bench when visiting Denver?

    Man up, guys.

  2. cshearing - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    It’s called being a peak-condition athlete. Something the players of the 70s would know little about.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      It’s called players these days take after Ben & Jerry’s: ice cream soft.

  3. danphipps01 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    “Close to bed time, have a shower and ensure the room is tidy…”

    Oh, Ottawa. You’re so sad, sometimes, it’s actually comedic to me. Want some warm milk and a bedtime story? How about paid psych assessments to help cope with the other players saying mean things?

    Don’t judge the players by the depths of pathetic behaviour to which the organization seems willing to sink, but by all means, laugh hysterically at the fact that they actually tell their squad to clean their rooms before “bedtime.”

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