BostonBruins.com - On the second day of the Bruins' 2013 Development Camp, attendees were treated to a cooking class taught by the TD Garden's very own Chef Kevin Daherty, where they learned a few simple cooking techniques, as well as valuable nutritional information.
With the majority of the prospects in college, or off playing junior hockey, they are still learning to live on their own. Part of that learning process involves learning to cook and eat the proper way.
You've heard, "you are what you eat." For these athletes, it's even more of an emphasis. Their nutrition translates into energy for their workouts, and more importantly, games.
“It was very informative and helpful. He gave us the ins and outs of how to cook stuff and what we should be eating, whether it's a pregame meal or after a game," said prospect Zane Gothberg, a veteran attending his fourth camp. "It was very helpful.”
The class kicked off with a few of the players eagerly stepping up to the cooking challenge. Adam Morrison, Matthew Lindblad and Gothberg were the first to slip on the gloves and step up to the stove.
Some of the guys, like Morrison, came into the class with a decent foundation of cooking knowledge.
“I know how to make a sort of caramelized onion cream sauce. I probably shouldn't let everybody know this because it’s not very good for the heart. But it’s good," laughed Morrison.
And some, like Lindblad, had no experience at all.
“Honestly, I don’t cook at all. My mom does everything. She makes great omelets in the morning," he admitted, while flashing a smile. Of course, having been signed by the Bruins as an undrafted free agent out of Dartmouth College this past spring, Lindblad will put his new tips to work as he transitions to the pro game.
But regardless of how much experience they came into the class with, the prospects left with knew knowledge that will undoubtedly help them improve their athletic performance.
“It was a lot of information, a lot of good information, especially for young guys going into their first year of pro or looking to make that jump," said Morrison. "I think nutrition is a big part of it. It’s an important tool for an athlete."
“We’ll see what happens now that I picked up a couple of tools," added fellow goaltending prospect Gothberg (heading into his sophomore year at North Dakota), who said he makes a mean macaroni and cheese with hot dogs.
“Those could really help me out.”
Not only was the class was educational and informative, it served as another great bonding experience for the players.
The guys took turns blaming each other for a broken plate mishap and the chicken that turned out “a little too crispy”, as they joked about who stood out as the camp’s star chef.
“I think [Joe] Morrow has been the best so far," said Gothberg.
"It’ll be interesting to see how Hargrove does or how the Swedes do," he added, always one to bring the jokes off the ice. "I want to see how they get in there and interact.”
So overall, how did the players do? Chef Daherty seemed very impressed.
“I’d hire them," he smiled.
And Adam Morrison was pretty pleased to hear that.
“I wouldn’t call myself Emeril yet - but I’m on my way.”
---Written by Kayleigh Hodgdon for BostonBruins.com