Hitting the Ice with Brent Sopel

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This veteran player has done damage to his body during his long hockey career.

Veteran hockey player Brent Sopel is glad to be back in the Windy City, hitting the ice with the Chicago Wolves. He has fond memories, “Obviously winning the Stanley Cup here in Chicago in 2010 is the highlight of my career,” he says.

And he recalls his journey hasn’t been without bumps and bruises,” There’s a lot of times where I’ve broken a bone early in the game and I’ve played the rest of the game with it. Broke my wrists, or broke my foot a couple times and played the rest of the game like that.”

Despite that toughness, at 37 years old, he admits he’s had to change his regimen to keep up, “I’ve led a pretty good lifestyle, pretty healthy lifestyle, but the older I’ve gotten, I’ve really had to change. I’ve always got to be the hardest worker out there to still be around at my age.”

And Evan Levy, the team’s strength coach, says often athletes put too much emphasis on the gym, neglecting things like proper sleep and nutrition.

What does he suggest? Evan says, “White fish is really good. Lots of fruits, lots of starchy vegetables, like white potato, sweet potato, and really important fats such as coconut oil or grass-fed butter. ”

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