It should be obvious that athletes consume a ton of food but after checking out a sneak preview of Road To The Winter Classic I’d like to take a sneak peek at the grocery bills for professional sports franchises.
Road To The Winter Classic, which debut on December 16th on EPIX, is a two-part series will give viewers an exclusive look inside the world of the NHL, with strategically placed cameras and microphones providing an all-access pass to players’ homes, locker rooms, training rooms, and the arena.
Road To The Winter Classic will bring hockey fans onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.
Among the highlights of the series is the training and diet regimens for each team.
After watching the video, I reached out to Robert Wood, the chef for the Washington Capitals and asked him “on average, how much food does the team eat in a day?” The dude is feeding a small village.
“Well, for lunch alone,” Chef Wood explained, “the team will eat eighteen pounds of protein (fish, chicken etc.), six quarts of carbohydrates (brown rice, quinoa), ten pounds of vegetables, one gallon of soup and four large salads.”
Salads? Bikini season, eh bros?
I asked Chef Wood if the team diet or eating plan changes with a game being played outside. He said nothing changes because maintaining consistency in an athlete’s body is the key. He said during the game the team usually concentrates on liquid nutrition instead of solid foods to avoid cramping.
To check out Road To The Winter Classic, watch each episode streamed live for free on EPIX.com, the EPIX mobile and connected device apps, or on NHL.com, the NHL app, and the official websites and apps for each participating team.