Athletes work very hard to get to the point where they can make a living playing sports. Depending on the sport, there are side effects to that hard work. For hockey players, that can mean trouble finding jeans that fit. It’s the butt.
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“I’ve never really talked about it,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews says. “But it’s definitely a thing a lot of guys go through.”
“It’s an absolute nightmare between the quads and the glutes,” Montreal Canadiens center Max Domi says. “The glutes especially, because it just throws off your waist. You have, like, a 48 waist with your ass, but without it, you’re a 32. So what do you do? Meet halfway, and you still have all this extra stuff.”
New York Islanders winger Anders Lee often goes to the mall with his wife. “I’ll try on, like, 40 pairs of pants or jeans,” he laments, “and we’ll walk away with one … or none. Oh, and anything that says ‘skinny’? Trust me, I’m not getting into that.”
At least one hockey player spent his entire college career wearing sweatpants, but once in the NHL, players find they need to consult a tailor. Read about the difficulty of covering hockey butts at ESPN.
(Image credit: Grant Kratzer)