Tom Wilson Shares Wake-Up Routine & How Capitals Make Sure They Don’t Oversleep
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson said that he and his teammates set multiple alarms to avoid oversleeping and missing meetings in a new radio interview.
Though they're pro hockey players, the Washington Capitals are really just like us. While they don't work the typical 9-5, Monday-Friday jobs that several of the DMV residents do, they still have to wake up early, get to the office on time and of course, perform up to standard. For Tom Wilson, that's where his iPhone comes in handy.
Wilson was on Hot 99.5 this week to discuss his return from injury and life with the Capitals and shared a little bit of insight about his morning routine. That includes an early wake-up call for practices, and then on game days, getting lunch and a pregame meal in before heading to Capital One Arena around 4 p.m.
Still, those early wake-up calls be a lot, and there's not really much of a safety net for players if they do run late to things. And it's not just practice; there are multiple meetings, workouts and other events that the team needs to be punctual for. Wilson and his teammates, in turn, use their phones as their lifelines.
"It's the standard iPhone [alarm]," Wilson said, adding that he keeps it pretty basic when it comes to what he listens to when he wakes up. "We don't get much slack if we miss a meeting or something."
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No. 43 also added that a lot of his teammates aren't "one alarm" guys, where they can set just one wake-up call reminder and then go to sleep.
"Most guys set three, four, five alarms," Wilson noted. "It's the standard kind of alarming one, per se, to wake you up."
There hasn't been a player scratched for oversleeping since 2015, when Alex Ovechkin was held out for a game against the Chicago Blackhawks after oversleeping and missing morning skate. The captain set his alarm for 8:30 p.m. instead of 8:30 a.m., and being scratched was the punishment for not being in accordance with team rules.
After missing the first half of the season while recovering from ACL surgery in May, Wilson returned to action on Jan. 8, making his season debut on the same day as Nicklas Backstrom. Wilson has three points in his last three games, including a multi-point outing in the team's 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.