Youth sports players, not NHL, D1 college or the like. Kids having fun playing youth hockey
30 years ago coach said to "carb up" before gametime. Eat a giant bowl of pasta 2 hrs before and drink a lot of water. Don't forget a nap if you can spare the time in between school work. Oh, and a nice sized chocolate bar before you hit the ice will add a little extra zip in your stride.
Post game, drink as much Gatorade as possible to replace the electrolytes lost during game play.
FFWD to today.
Coach wants johnny hockey player eating meat protein, vegetables and/or salad but be gentle on the dressing. As for the pasta, a side will suffice. Drinking water however still remains the same, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Everybody can always use a little extra sleep, so don't forget the nap. Remember that chocolate bar? Forget about it, if you need a little extra pick me up to provide the additional zip. Eat fruit or nuts.
Post game. Gatorade? Nope. Chocolate milk is #1 on the list and/or fruit juice or drinkable yogurt. Drinkable yogurt?
Weird thing is back in the day the former worked out just fine for high level hockey players. Today it seems science dictates how a player is to control their diet, either through their parents modified meal plan or a nutritionists formatted diet.
With all of this being said, 30 years ago there weren't an equal amount of allergies to spread around ie. gluten, protein, nut, egg, lactose/milk etc. Seems like every hockey or youth sports team has a list of players allergic to one thing or another. My kid can't eat this or that, or another thing.
Who follows what diet anymore? Does one thing work better than the other?