Having been around hockey for so long, I’m used to the smell and many times unaware of its effects on others. I have actually had a conversation with my wife and many of the other players’ wives over the years discussing how bad the smell is and what can be done to put an end to “Hockey Hands.”
Unfortunately ladies, there is nothing that can be done to stop the smell, but there are a few helpful remedies out there that can help mask the smell postgame.
First, and probably the most effective, is generously lathering the hands with shaving cream while in the shower. The thickness of the cream, combined with its pleasant aroma, seems to tackle the unwelcoming stench.
Sometimes if I’m in a rush, and forget to use the shaving cream, I turn to my wife’s fruity hand lotion!! Yes, I’m not afraid to admit that I prefer the flowery or fruity smell of women’s hand lotion rather than the unpleasant order of my hockey gloves. Plus, with my hands smelling better after games, I don’t have to hear about it from the wife and that fits right into the married guys handbook rule number one: Happy Wife equals Happy Life!!!
THE ICE CREAM CRITIC IS BACK!!!
Back by popular demand, I will again be rating our pre-game ice cream meals at the various hotels on the road. For those you who don’t know, I have a bit of a sweet tooth and thoroughly enjoy devouring ice cream and other sweets. I take my ice cream very seriously and in order to earn top scores, hotels need to bring their best.
The ice cream gets rated on the following criteria:
- The overall presentation of the ice cream. Are the bowls appropriate size? Is it pre-scooped? If I have to scoop myself, is there a proper scooper? Etc.
- The ice cream itself, texture, frost-bitten, flavor, etc.
- The variety of toppings. Many guys have different likes when it comes to toppings. Is there enough variety to satisfy the whole team?
- The timing of the dessert. A common mistake is bringing out the ice cream to early and it starts to melt or the opposite side bringing it out to late and messing with players’ schedules.
So, as you can see, ice cream is very important to a lot of players on the road. Many feel that a little scoop helps them digest their big meal, while others find that it helps relax them before pre-game nap!!! Anyways, the moral of the story is never take life to seriously, unless you’re dealing with dessert!!!