Sleep doctors have Canucks dreaming of Stanley Cup

Mon Jun 6, 2011 2:55pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

BOSTON (Reuters) - Sleep doctors have given the Vancouver Canucks a wake-up call, turning them into the NHL's ultimate road warriors and bringing their Stanley Cup dreams closer to reality.

After winning the first two games of the best-of-seven championship series at home, the Canucks head to Boston knowing that two more wins over the Bruins will clinch their first Stanley Cup.

While the Bruins might struggle with jet lag, the Canucks will not be losing any sleep over the challenge in front of them.

"For us it is not a problem, we fly a lot during the season," Daniel Sedin, told Reuters. "Starting at home every series has been huge for us, not having to go to another city for the first game of a series that has been key.

"That is why it is important to win your conference, you're always going to be at home when you start series. It's big."

With one of the worst travel schedules of any professional sports team in North America, the Canucks recognized they would need to find ways to keep the team sharp on the road if they were ever to challenge for a Stanley Cup.

So they turned to a sleep consultant that works primarily with businesses in the airline, trucking and rail industries to prevent fatigue related accidents.

Fatigue Science, which has also worked with the Australian Olympic Committee as well as several professional rugby teams, uses a system it developed to monitor athlete-sleeping habits.   Continued...