Daily Archives: February 5, 2010

Advice for Hockey Players, 1899

It is, perhaps, advisable to give up smoking. A cigar or pipe occasionally can cause but little injury to a man, but cigarettes are decidedly injurious. The following extract, borrowed from a newspaper, illustrates the above:

“This was actually heard in the Cracker district of Tennessee:

“The mother shouted from the door of the cabin behind the trees –

“‘Yank Tysan! Zeb Tysan! What yu’uns doin’?’

“Two little boys raised their kinky heads over a barrel three hundred yards down the mountain:

“‘Foolin’,’ was the reply.

“‘Be yu’uns smokin’?’


“‘Be yu’uns chawin’ twist and smokin’ cob-pipe?’


“‘Thet’s a’right. But if yo’ let me kotch yo’ smokin’ them cigareets, I’ll gi’ yo’ the wust lammin’ yo’ ever hed in yo’ lives. Yo’ heah yo’ ma?’


As smoking even in ordinary life is, to a certain extent, an injury to a man, it is not necessary to further mention it.

Alcoholic drinks, with the possible exception of an occasional glass of porter, should be strictly eschewed.

Warm baths taken too often, or indulged in for too long a time, have a strong tendency to render a man weak and slow, and even a dip every morning in cold water is injurious to a man in training.

It is said that more graves are dug with the teeth than with the spade. If this be true, a hockey player should be careful to eat only digestible foods, and in a manner that will not injure his digestion.

A hockey player who wishes to put himself in the pink of condition, should, difficult as it may be, avoid eating pies and pastry of any description. All trainers advise against the use of these.

~ Arthur Farrell, Hockey: Canada’s Royal Winter Game (1899), pp. 59-60

Image: The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, winners of the first Stanley Cup championship, 1893 * Library and Archives of Canada