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Sex During Playoffs? No Problem, Says Canucks Coach

Apr 15, 2010 – 7:15 AM
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Monte Stewart

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The topic of players having too much sex during the playoffs does not vex Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.

A health reporter from a Vancouver newspaper livened up Vigneault's usually staid post-practice media session Wednesday by asking how he advises his players on dealing with their daily routine of "training, recovery, diet, sex" and other activities that they do "every day."

"We do sex every day?" an amused Vigneault asked. "I'm missing out on something!"

Actually, Canucks management has spent a considerable undisclosed sum of money this season to ensure their players get enough sleep between games. The team stays behind an extra night in a city after a road trip rather than return on a redeye flight to make sure players get enough shut-eye.

Vancouver's management and training staff also pay close attention to players' nutritional and off-ice exercise programs, as defenceman Shane O'Brien found out late in the season. He was exiled for six days after he reported late for practice one morning and failed to stay under his prescribed weight limit.

"We do sex every day? I'm missing out on something."
-- Alain Vigneault
Vigneault credited the additional monitoring for his team's ability to come back from second-period deficits 11 times during the regular season.

But sex?

"As far as the sex goes, it's none of my business," said Vigneault, almost bending over laughing at times as he drew loud guffaws from the usually jaded media throng. "They can do what they want.

"I'd like to have a lot of control; but that part there, I leave to them."

Some coaches in other sports, including soccer, have forbidden their players from having sex before big games. But NHL bench bosses traditionally shy away from such bans.

In their view, there's no place for the skate in the bedrooms of the nation.
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