Source: Three months removed from Alexander Ovechkin chugging Natty Light out of everything but National Monument reflecting pool, you probably don’t need a reminder that hockey players are the hardest partiers in professional sports. That’s just the by-product of playing in a league where root canals are a bi-weekly occurrence. Nonetheless, Golden Knights’ winger Ryan Reaves—fresh off the unlikeliest Stanley Cup run in NHL history—decided to offer up another one, joining TSN radio this week to drop this glorious nugget of tough guy insight:
“If you can’t play hockey hungover, then you probably shouldn’t be in the league.”
Get out those crochet needles, grandma. We’re gonna need this on 500 throw pillows by Friday.
In the essence of full of disclosure, Reaves’s answer was in response to questions regarding a potential (and very figurative) Stanley Cup hangover, but he either accidentally or deliberately misinterpreted the question. Suffice to say, we’re glad he did, partly because this is the low-hanging post fodder this writer is absolutely dying for two hours pre-summer vacay and partly because it’s everything we love about hockey in a single shot glass.
Ryan Reaves is a beast who could probably drink all of us under the table. He’s also a drinking beast who can man the fuck up when it comes to game time.
If you know anyone in the league, you know this is a valid statement. From the stories we have heard, to seeing it first hand, NHL players are on another level. They can drink with the best of them, but when it’s game time, puking or not, you better be able to lace up the fucking skates. Imagine telling Mike Babcock you can’t go tonight cause you had too many beers with the fellas last night.
The secret to the player’s success lies within the medical room. Give the trainers all the credit, without their IV drips, half of the games in the show would be cancelled.
This dude seems like he’s ready for a call-up:
This guy offers you shots that you really don’t feel like taking, do you throw it over your shoulder, or man the fuck up and take em? Don’t puke……