"The water helped me recover better after shifts," Modano says. "I'd get a second wind." Subsequently Modano and many of his teammates drank Oxenergy during and after every game, and they swear by its salutary effects.
The day before Game 6 of the Cup finals Mark Scappaticci, a trainer who works with the Sabres, heard that the Stars were using Oxenergy and worried mat it was giving them an edge. He phoned Tom Harmantas, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Toronto who also works for Oxyl'Eau, and begged for some water for the Buffalo players. Harmantas stacked eight cases (each containing two dozen 500 milliliter bottles and selling for $48) into the trunk of his BMW and drove to Buffalo, where he arrived at the Sabres' hotel at about 10 p.m. The players were already in their rooms for the night, but when Harmantas put the water down in the hotel hallway, he says, "it was like mice darting out for cheese. They came out, grabbed the cases and went back in their rooms."
Since the finals Oxyl'Eau has received calls from NHL players and teams wanting to try the water. Whether this is a fad remains to be seen, but because the water's only known side effect is light-headedness if too much is drunk too quickly, many teams are expected to try it next year. As Scappaticci says, "The players think it works, so they'll keep using it."
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