Hockey bag smell is caused by sweat accumulating on your gear, not being allowed to dry out. Think of it like
those sweatsocks that lived in your high school gym bag that were never washed since your mom packed it up for you at the
beginning of grade nine. Tips on reducing the smell include: 1. Let your bag
dry out between games by emptying or at least leaving it open. 2.Sprays, odor eaters etc provide marginal improvement. 3.Washing
gear often seems to help for some reason… 4. Find a place in the garage for your stuff, because most likely it won't
be allowed into the house.
Thanks to Billy McD from the Kanata Hawks for this tip:
Febreeze is the only known substance to man
that is any match to reeking equipment. Now they have extra strength.
I don't know what's in this stuff or what sort of health payback it'll reap in 20 years but
damn it works good.
No matter how hard you try, sometimes you show up at the rink, only; to discover you have a piece of gear
missing. Dealing with this is dependant on the equipment, from easiest to hardest: 1. Tape:This stuff is almost a communally
shared resource. 2.Stick/Jerseys/socks: Just about everybody brings two of each, so borrow one. No specific rule seems to
exist about washing borrowed jerseys after using them. 3.Gloves and Helmets:
try a swapping/sharing scheme with spares coming on and off the bench during play...its pain in the butt, but will keep you
in the game. 4.Pants/Skates/Pads/Jock: The probability of borrowing these is
almost nil, so too bad, you aren't playing today...
Thanks to Keith A. from Former Nortel Summer Hockey:
Another tip when you lose equipment- check the lost and found bin. You should be able to find an extra shin pad,
jock or elbow pad in there. If you're lucky, maybe even a helmet, glove or pants.
||1. You should avoid wearing of
strong scents like after shaves, perfumes/colognes. 2.Avoid garlic based foods prior to playing. 3.Hockey bag smell, although
disgusting, appears to be acceptable to other players…(shower after the game though because it sticks to you and is
offensive to family members and co-workers!)|
||Hockey is a game of sweat. You
must replenish fluids if you want to finish a game. 1. ALWAYS bring a water bottle.
2. Room temp water is the best liquid. Don't freeze the bottle before a game so that there's a block of ice in it, otherwise
you'll get those 'ice cream headaches' you got as a kid. 3.Drink after
every shift. 4.Don't suck on the water bottle, others are using it too! (remember
the SARS scare?)|
prior to play
||1. Avoid garlic based foods,
up to 24hours before a game. Your teammates will appreciate it. 2.Eat lightly
at least 1-2hours before a game. Carbos help.
3.Avoid alcohol, pop before games. Coffee seems to work for some people, especially for morning games.|
||Apparently anything goes, particularly
greasy food, and it seems to be best if washed down with beer.|
||Success strategies for preventing
athlete's foot or other foot diseases include using portable carpets or sandals. The
most successful strategy is to avoid taking showers at the arena altogether.|
The miracle pain relief cocktail is Ice (external) and Ibuprofen (internal).
Beware of Heat rubs, use only BEFORE exercise and keep away from the "tender spots"!
Thanks to Scott B from The Kanata Hawks Perhaps You've Heard of Us:
"Advil - Warmup in a bottle"