Many people like hockey and they are right. Some of those people just like the players and the game and never want a peek behind the scenes. That’s fine. None of those people are me. I am fascinated by the mundane. No, that’s not right; it sounds far too boring. I am interested in the quotidian, the day-to-day, the workings in front and behind the curtain. I like going to practices to watch drills and I also like to read about the silly and funny things the players do when they get on the plane, the train, the bus. I want to know all about the players’ dogs. I just want to know.
Yesterday was a slow news day for the Bruins. However, it brought a wonderful article on the Bruins website about how their chef has devised a new system for planning, cooking, and packaging meals for the players without violating the social distancing orders from the NHL.
The chef, Keith Garman, had to relocate to TD Garden from Warrior Arena to keep food preparation safe for the players. I imagine he’d have more space to work in since all of his meals have to be packaged in to-go containers labeled for each player. Garman took the time to devise menus that he distributed to players and assorted personnel, who text their preferences to him the day before. Instead of making breakfast and lunch, Garman now makes lunch and dinner for the players to take home, whether that’s an apartment or a hotel room. Each meal has a seafood, meat, or vegan option with everyone receiving the same sides unless allergic. From some of the pictures, 3-4 Bruins are choosing vegan options.
I hope you take the time to enjoy this slice of life. Tomorrow, I hope to have a long awaited piece finally done, checked off my list, and out of my hair.
Oh, by the way, Bruins practice from Warrior is being broadcast on NESN tomorrow at 3pm.