Regina company helps NHL team keep cool during Stanley Cup run

Regina company helps NHL team keep cool during Stanley Cup run
Regina company helps NHL team keep cool during Stanley Cup run

A Regina company that uses cold water immersion is helping the Edmonton Oilers during their Stanley Cup Finals.

Co-founder Adam Swanson helped launch Kryo Cold Water Therapy a little over a year ago. He said he takes a dip in cold water every day.

“It’s almost become an addiction,” Swanson told CTV News.

Many sports scientists claim that cold water immersion can improve blood flow, reduce muscle inflammation and shorten recovery time in elite athletes.

However, Swanson said some often face the issue of portability.

“I was shocked that a lot of them don’t travel with cold water therapy tubs,” he said. “(They) go to hotels and fill the tub with buckets and buckets of ice.”

That’s why Swanson made sure his baths could be placed anywhere.

“Even when you leave, you don’t have to leave the cold water immersion behind,” he added.

Adam Swanson, co-founder of Kryo Cold Water Therapy, demonstrates one of the inflatable cold water pools. The water was a chilly 11’C. (Gareth Dillistone/CTV News) The ability to take the tub anywhere has caught the attention of several professional sports teams, including the Edmonton Oilers, who are taking the Regina product with them on their trip to their Stanley Cup Finals.

Swanson was happy to play a role in the championship race off the ice.

“I’m not going to take any credit away from the Oilers,” he said. “But to see where they’re at now, it’s just really cool to be a part of it.”

“The smallest part of it,” Swanson added.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have installed permanent cooling tubs in their locker room at Mosaic Stadium.

Although it is still a stationary program, they are testing the Kryo containers for travel.

Some Riders players say they experience the benefits of cold dives.

“I make a contrast between hot and cold,” said recipient Ajou Ajou. “It gets the blood flowing and keeps the legs fresh.”

“The coach says, ‘You don’t go further than your body can go,’” he added.