Penguins notebook: Players packing earplugs, noise machines for weekend road trip with dads
February 12, 2016 12:00 AM
Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy: “It is amazing how many guys come in and complain about their dads snoring. It’s been a major issue in my life."
By Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins have prepped for sleep disturbances on their weekend road trip to face the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.
They’ve packed extra earplugs, noise machines, even sound-muffling pillows.
Why? Their dads are in tow for the weekend, and many of them apparently snore loudly.
“I think the snoring is a bit of an issue, sharing a room with him,” defenseman Ian Cole joked about his father, a dentist from Michigan. “You’ve got to bring some earplugs for when the dads are with you, then some Bose headphones on top of that, and maybe a pillow on top of that to try to get some sleep.”
Defenseman Ben Lovejoy, whose father is visiting from New Hampshire, said he has the same problem.
“It is amazing how many guys come in and complain about their dads snoring. It’s been a major issue in my life,” Lovejoy said. “I think everybody bought some earplugs, some noise machines. I don’t know how he snores so loudly, but this is fun.
“I think if you look at records of dads’ trips, the win-loss record has to be very impressive. You show up, you want to impress your dad, everyone wants to impress your dad.”
Players were joined by their fathers Thursday at practice, and various bonding activities are planned throughout the trip. They also will room together with their dads.
“As I said to the players this morning, we had a short meeting with their fathers. I said this will be the only time in their NHL career they’ll have that many coaches in the same room,” coach Mike Sullivan said. “I’m sure there will be lots of coaches that will be sharing lots of insights over the weekend with our team.
“In all seriousness, I think it’s a great opportunity for our players to spend some time with their dads. I think, speaking from experience, when your dad gets a little bit older, I think you value your relationship with them that much more.”
Warsofsky skates again
The Penguins held an optional off-ice workout Thursday before flying to Carolina.
Defenseman David Warsofsky was the only player who got in a serious workout, skating with assistant coach Rick Tocchet for nearly 40 minutes.
Warsofsky (concussion) is making progress, but he has not yet been officially cleared to rejoin the team.
“He’s getting close,” Sullivan said. “I think he’s making progress. He’s had a few practices with the team, he skated again [Thursday]. He’s making progress.”
Salute to schedule
The Penguins will face Metropolitan Division opponents in 17 of their final 29 games this season and Eastern Conference teams in 25 of their final 29.
“That’s good for us,” said winger Patric Hornqvist. “We’re a little behind in the standings. If you can win them, the other team doesn’t get a point. It’s something we can’t control. It’s fun to play the division games late and get some points.”
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