ESPN’s Emily Kaplan polled 50 NHL players about some of the most pressing issues in the game. Kaplan asked about recreational drug use, Gritty’s popularity, and the worst place to play (Winnipeg, it’s always Winnipeg).
The Washington Capitals made the list for something you would never, ever expect.
42 percent of NHL players said the Capitals have the worst visiting locker room in the league. That’s 21 out of 50 players polled. When you consider there are 31 NHL arenas and 21 players were like YUP, IT’S THE CAPS, that in itself is pretty remarkable. But it’s the following quote that you’ll never forget.
Via Kaplan’s ESPN story (which you should read in full):
“Washington’s showers are so bad. They’re like a prison shower. There’s a pole in the middle, then just spews that come out of that one pole. Not that I care if someone is showering next to me, but it’s just a really weird setup.”
While that seems potentially uncomfortable for hockey players, it also seems like a very efficient way to water plants.
Capital One Arena recently underwent two renovations that cost tens of millions of dollars. Ted Leonsis’s Monumental Sports and Entertainment replaced all the seats, installed an enormous, new, LCD jumbotron, upgraded the arena sound system, and expanded its food options (we will never forget how good this chicken sandwich was).
With that context, it makes the oversight of improving the visiting locker room shower seem even more ridiculous.
I guess it’s a true home-field advantage though!
NHL Player Confidential!
polled NHL players thoughts on..
-worst visiting locker room
-best visiting locker room
-league drug policy
-burner Twitter accounts
-playing in Seattle
-appearing in endorsements
-dreaded road tripshttps://t.co/oRa3ythvf3 pic.twitter.com/fIazT683D3
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) November 5, 2019
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