Diaper duty? Home trumps hotel for some in NHL postseason (Apr 20, 2017) – FOXSports.com

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Crying kids and household chores don’t stop for NHL players in the postseason.

But a few players who were asked if they’d rather stay in a hotel during the home end of their playoff series – a practice some teams have done over the years – said they would prefer to be in their own houses.

”Personally, I’m not a fan of staying in a hotel,” Ottawa Senators forward Tommy Wingels said. ”I like being at home and being around my wife and daughter. After thinking about nothing but hockey, it’s kind of a nice distraction – not that they’re a distraction, if you know what I mean – but just to focus on something else. … I just enjoy being around them. I want to share the playoff experience with them. I know it’s not the same for some guys, but it’s definitely my preference.”

During the Chicago Blackhawks’ run to the Stanley Cup in 2010, hotel rooms were available during home games, said former Hawks forward Troy Brouwer, who is now with Calgary.

”Because there were so many people in town and so many people around, we put ourselves (in a hotel) not the night of, but the day of games,” Brouwer said. ”We came to practice in the morning, then you hopped on a bus and went to your hotel for your pre-game meal and pre-game nap, so you didn’t have any distractions during the day.”

Still, Brouwer said, ”most of the guys feel comfortable at home being in their own bed. Part of what being at home is, is being with your family and enjoying home-cooked meals and being around your loved ones.”

”You don’t want to take that comfort level away,” he told The Canadian Press.

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