Giguere rides the snake
Giguere suffered from cramping and dizziness after most games as a result of heavy sweating. Losing close to 12-15 lbs of fluid every game, Giguere was often dehydrated and susceptible to serious injury and decreased performance.That's a lot of fluid. And it reminds me of that old Jim Carey weight-loss skit on SNL. I'm not sure why.
The first thing I thought of when a helpful Gatorade rep emailed me this link was the incredible amount of padding and equipment Jean-Sebastien Giguere seems to be wearing every game:
Jim Craig, the goalie for the U.S. Olympic team in 1980, told friends he could barely stand to watch the new, armor-plated goalies. "Since they've made all these advances in technology, shouldn't the equipment be smaller?" he asked.It's a familiar refrain, one we heard from more than a few commentators throughout the playoffs, and it makes me wonder: Wearing 30+ pounds of equipment and playing 60+ minutes in the humid confines of a southern California hockey rink, it's no surprise Giguere loses that kind of weight each game. What he might need more than a revolutionary energy drink is some way to incorporate small cooling fans into his getup.
As an aside, I'm no nutritionist, but I don't drink Gatorade. In its concentrated form, a 35 gram serving is made up of 32 grams of sugar, with three of the top five ingredients consisting of sugar, glucose (dextrose) and salt.
It's also apparently awful for your teeth. (Not that that's a worry for hockey players.)