Tom Wilson was roughly 14 years old when he noticed a peculiar habit in hockey. From NHL players often arriving to rinks with cups of coffee in hand to the pot that was brewed fresh every morning at his gym, Wilson wondered what he was missing. Even Canada’s most famous coffee chain was started by legendary Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Horton.
“It’s the best legal performance-enhancer you can take — caffeine,” his trainer told him, and so Wilson’s own addiction began, in part to get that little bit of an edge and in part to fit in with the big league idols he hoped to join one day. More than a decade later, the Washington Capitals forward still takes his coffee black, one in the morning and another in the afternoon and maybe one more closer to puck drop.