BUZZ A how-to guide for sur­viv­ing as a rookie in the world’s tough­est league

Pro tip: If it’s your first year play­ing in the big leagues, eat right, sleep a lot and pay the bills

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“It can be a big cul­ture sphlaoycekr,” sdaeivdeRloipch­mePnetver­cloe-yo, rt­d­hien­loat­torf kfoidrsthaeveDat­lo­lag­soSt­tharos.ug“Ah sGi­noegmt­tfieon­rg­bi­inag­sudlir­feaiv-nel­cerea’s,rpn­li­aic­nye­ginslgesr,se­po­nanty…s-. tg­phoreen­speearta­hereo­tuht­go­hh­sien. gTskhied­ksicdl­so­to­s­hear­livveyi­non’ugt own nthaenir­dop­wanyi,nc­goothkeinirg­boin­llst,hte­hier be­ing com­f­col­ort­sae­br­lethiney­hoacr­keetyo.”

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Guid­ance is still nec­es­sary, sth­wuoc­woceeovs­f­setrh.aNenudbtirgtight­ieosntNakHneLdy’sretssopt opair­loes egm­rousos­dat­tb­fope­ormed­tatinysam­agveuadci.lhaFboel­rveeetrx­oy­amp­tul­par­lyne-., “HTy­h­neerse’saidf.o“oAdnd es­voem­rye­wohfer­the,e” gth­ueyys’,rever­aytit­nigm.eWy­oeut­seelle them, ”ttoooe. aItt’jsus­gtr­beaetc‘YaouRusees­d­tiot’nsi’sthhkeaervyee,.’ wthi­atth yeonuth­nugsi­pal­samy­eras­ndar­wean­fitl­letdo

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Even the cher­ished NHL it­srad­soit­mioen­thoinfg ath­parte-ygoaum­negst­n­earps om­nusat dreaayl-it­zoe-dcaayn bbaes­nise.fi“tY­to­hue’rme tin­ravlaetleli­nagt athloet ah­ton­teigl,”htP, yeoveurgl eyt rseasidt.be“Yforuet­ghoettgaamhaev.”e a bit of

Off-days are also im­por­tant. aPreeveirn­le­jyu­niotre­sorth­caotl­wle­hge,ntkhiedisr wdahyesn tahrey’rfiell­neodt awt it­the rcil­naks.sAest mthaeyp­broe loe­fvfetlh, ethi­actes­baymeaprlyayae­frtehrenso­cohne,dwuli­ethth­ne­ortehsitnogf tehlseedaoyn. Mgoaon­dadgien­cgis­ti­hoantstaim­boeu­atn­odffm-icaekiancg­tiv­i­ties is vi­tal. “You’re go­ing from a kid who has been liv­ing nweivtherh­pi­saip­dar­feon­r­tas­nayn­thd­inpgroib­n­abh­liys loifem­to­neoyn,”ePmevaekril­neyg sbai­igd.s“uY­mous ew­navLni­tr­feoth­niem­n­metnthotet­boAesHpuLucct eci­naendt.h”seob­meestit­nimg,eswibteh etveean­msmofr­tench­pal­la­leyn­ing­git­nimg,eswibteh twyvth­hoeeretueeniker­mgaengnppas­dolam­sray,tete­ass­rnot­shciPet­na­hetovetlfheewrhvleaaeeeyvly.itdnso­ta­gry­segsh­sosoooewnds NHFLoristhte­heki­irds­drte­haem,selvveens,itfhiet can be a load to deal with inir­tieaalldyy. w“Yhoe­u­naitl­w­coamy­se­sh­taove­g­at­moebs,e” bad game or else things won’t ohrar­voew.”to be preg­poarewde­flol.rY­tomu hoonstuhrepHri­asebds by­luealirne­ingMaet­sep,owt in­gtr­wainthin­hgis­camopm, hi­an­sMboe­nen­tre­li­avl-, so he has a safety net. He also tprreaait­siendgth­iemteliakme ’as­rveegtuel­raarnr­sig­fohrt ospf­fen­tht en­in­beatg.aK­maeislewr itYhamE­da­mon­toin­betfho­ere­firtshtemOoin­lethrsorf ethtuer­sneead­ston him to the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs and had a sim­i­lar ex­perJuiejh­nacre,Kwhiathi­raLe­boen­inD­gr­paais­ratit­clu­alan­rdly help­ful. “It was dis­ap­pointiglenoag­brgnae­ic­n­tk­t­gi­wncgiuthrsveaenn,tos­bopae­cynko,mu­bi­uh­n­tadvi,”te’Ys­taoa­mamoto said. “Get­ting a sneak ut­ph­peaetkhmem­rueack­a­hens­d­haysrot­dauye.”rw, at­not­g­teot wboacrk

WEL­COME TO THE SHOW Rookie Vic­tor Mete says Mon­treal’s veter­ans helped him ac­cli­ma­tize to the day-to-day re­al­ity of the NHL.

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