Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Losing the bunk buddy

The Hamilton Spectator had an interesting story in yesterday's paper about one little-known change in the new CBA that allows veteran players to request they room alone when on the road:
Mike Peca, another Leaf who also opts for a single room, understands Kilger's decision.

"I had lots of great roommates in my career," Peca said yesterday. "Jason Blake was my last one, with the Islanders, and you kind of develop an understanding of schedules with each other.

"But at this point in my career I don't want to have to worry about someone else's schedule; when I can watch TV without setting somebody off, that kind of thing. Now I'm on my schedule and I'm on my own time and I enjoy some quiet time. When you have young kids who wake you up early at home, it gives you a chance to sleep in, too."
It's not something you hear about too often (after all, how much interest can there be in athletes' sleeping arrangements?) but come to think of it, it is an odd situation for players in their late 30s to still be 'bunking up' with a buddy.

I wonder how many more of these small concessions were written into the CBA that we've yet to hear about.


At 10:43 p.m., November 29, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Especially when they're making a couple million a year. You'd think they'd all get private suites.

At 10:47 p.m., November 29, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

James, you need to put together a google spreadsheet of which players room together. I'm fascinated now.

At 11:05 p.m., November 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know which long-time teammates room together even during the off-season, if you know what I mean...

At 3:45 a.m., November 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of this came out when the Oilers were playing in the playoffs, especially with the flu going around. Roommates seperating and others like Jason Smith in his own room, due to his snoring. Also think about some of the circumstances where the roomate has helped someone who is ill. Lindros and someone else back in his Flyer days.

At 11:30 p.m., November 30, 2006, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

My favourite perk that we picked up on last summer was the team-sponsored father-son road trip.

At 4:59 p.m., December 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know the bunking thing was changed up until announcers explained it during a Ducks game (intermission) and did a whole "Who's the worst roommate?" spot with the team...

At 1:13 a.m., December 02, 2006, Anonymous Epinonymous said...

My gf's roommate works for a cable company and he said Mike Peca has a gargantuan porn addiction, or someone in his house did when he was in Edmonton. No wonder he wants a little "me" time.


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