Late Game Survival Guide

Late Game Survival Guide

We have all been there. 1045 puck drop on a work night. That means you are going to be getting off the ice at midnight and God only knows what time you actually get to sleep. The rest of your life does not care about your pursuit of beer league glory so how do you prepare and recover from such a disruptive schedule?


I have been consciously trying to make these brutally late games less detrimental and here are a few things that I have found to be helpful:


  1. Get hydrated and stay hydrated - Being properly hydrated will increase your in game performance but also your tolerance and recovery from hockey. It will also help you get the most restful sleep possible in the shortened window you are working with (the science). Hydration is an objective benefit to life in general so get your water in no matter what!
  2. Get a portion of your sleep in before your game - I have had mostly positive results from getting a few hours in before my game. My suggestion would be to wake at least an hour and a half before game time so that you can be ready to go when puck drops. I personally have had success in using blackout curtains or an eye shade, ear plugs, and several alarms around my desired wake up time. If I am having a hard time falling asleep due to the abnormal schedule I will read a book to help me fall asleep.
  3. Skip the post game scroll - Whatever you do, don't fall into the trap of pumping up your screen time numbers! While this advice stands on any day, it's especially important to make the most of your limited time to sleep after a late game!

What are some of your tips? Let me know! revivehockey@gmail.com