Colorado Avalanche's Paul Stastny loves to cook

Tue, Mar 22

Many athletes might be as graceful in the kitchen as a bull in a china shop, their repertoire limited to grilled cheese sandwiches or worse -- take-out.

Not Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny, who not only admitted that he cooks but was quite proud of the fact, too.

"My parents are Slovak and they always cooked. They taught me how to cook too," Paul says. He confesses to regularly preparing meals for himself when he has time.

"During the season I do a lot of grilling. I also like searing fish and eating healthy," he says. Rice, potatoes or something nutritious are staples for the assistant captain's meals the night before a game.

Stastny, just like most other hockey players, makes sure he eats the same thing for his pregame meal. Although Stastny says he's not superstitious, he goes to the same restaurant and orders the same thing before every game. You'll find him chowing down on a Caesar salad, bread and whole wheat penne pasta with chicken at Piatti Ristorante & Bar in Denver prior to hitting the ice.

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