Vegan/Plant Based Athlete Audit Part 1
After scrutinizing numerous reports and social media channels, along with other credible sources, it does not appear that any of the athletes listed in rows 3 through 22 of the attached spreadsheet actively promotes a vegan/plant based diet that excludes dairy or meat.
- Although Chris Tierney consumed some vegan meals as part of his diet during training, he does not mention eating vegan meals exclusively nor is there evidence that he promotes a vegan/plant based diet.
- He removed diary and eggs from his diet during training.
- In May 2019, he posted a promotion of McDonald's on his Twitter account.
- It does not appear that Jean-Gabriel Pageau promotes a vegan/plant based diet that excludes dairy or meat. In 2017, he mentioned thinking that he ate too much chicken parm prior to a game.
- Neither his Twitter nor his Instagram account contains any mention of a vegan/plant based diet.
- There are no media mentions of Ryan Callahan supporting a vegan/plant based diet. He has even retweeted an image from the Tampa Bay Lightning's Twitter account of him holding a chicken fajita with bacon and cheese.
- In an article published on Kids Help Phone, Zach Hyman mentions that he consumes as many vegetables and fruits as possible. However, he does not promote a vegan/plant based diet without meat or dairy.
- During a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, he states that his favorite foods are pasta, hamburgers, and pizza.
- Although Alexander Kerfoot mentions that he frequently dines at True Food Kitchen, he does not appear to explicitly promote a vegan/plant based diet excluding dairy or meat. Additionally, his social media accounts do not have any advertisements/promotions for True Food Kitchen or any other organization or diet.
- True Food Kitchen's menu contains both vegetarian and vegan options.
According to our research, William Nylander is not a promoter of a vegan/plant based diet. On his Instagram account, Nylander recently posted a photo of him proudly eating a slice of prosciutto.
To determine if any of the athletes listed in the spreadsheet promotes a vegan/plant based diet that excludes dairy or meat, we first searched for reports or articles involving them. Our sources included Mercury News, the Toronto Sun, etc. We also searched for press releases on the National Hockey League website involving the specified athletes. Our objective was to find any media mentions of whether the athlete were vegan or adhered by a plant-based diet or entered into a partnership/collaboration with entities that specialize in vegan/plant based meals, as well as those whose products contain meat, dairy, or eggs. Using this research strategy, we could not locate reports or articles stating that they promote/support a vegan/plant based diet.
Afterward, we searched for interviews with the athletes, hoping that they would reveal their diet. For some of the players, we were able to find interviews conducted with sources such as Sports Net, the Toronto Sun, and the National Post confirming that they have not adopted a vegan/plant based lifestyle. In those interviews, the players listed some of their favorite meals, which primarily contained meat, dairy, or eggs.
Finally, we scrutinized the social media accounts of the athletes to see if they have posted any promotions for vegan/plant based products or groups that market such products. We visited their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts for this information. While reviewing their social media channels, we also checked for pictures of them with food items that usually contain meat, eggs, or dairy. With this approach, we were able to confirm that none of the Canadian athletes listed in rows 3 through 22 of the attached spreadsheet promote a vegan/plant based diet that excludes dairy or meat.