Chris Pryor

A pro scout on nutrition

By Chris Pryor

Whether you’re a young hockey player, baseball player or student, what you eat plays a vital role in not only how you feel daily, but how your body develops. We are constantly looking for ways to make ourselves better. We spend 12 months a year training and working on our game from a physical standpoint which is very commendable, BUT what we put in our body every day goes by the wayside a lot of the time. 

As athletes we have only so much we can control. How hard we work out and what we put into our bodies are vital elements in which we have a say. Both of these areas we can make substantial gains if we dedicate ourselves to doing the right thing and making the right choices. Not only will this help you as a hockey player, but it will give us important lessons that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.

There are no shortcuts for hard work and there are no substitutes for good nutrition. There is just too much information out there not to make the right choices. You have to remember as athletes that what you put into your body will have an immediate impact on how your perform. You cannot  maximize your potential if you’re not getting the right fuel in your body.

There are no guarantees in an athlete’s career, but I can guarantee you one thing: If you work your hardest and make the right choices in the food you put into your body, you will give yourself the BEST chance to succeed and at the end of the day that’s all you can ask for.
Chris Pryor is the director of hockey operations for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is in charge of the amateur and pro scouting departments. A native of St. Paul, Pryor spent eight seasons as a scout for the Flyers. He played parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and New York Islanders. If you have a question for a pro hockey scout, e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..