Chris Allen is a pro hockey player who prefers salad to steak.
His meatless diet makes him a rarity in the locker room.
It's also made him a finalist in the Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door contest sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
He's been a vegetarian for about eight years. He gave up meat not for health reasons but because he loves animals.
"Just seeing how the animals are killed and treated," he said. "For me, I felt sick."
None of his teammates have shared his diet.
"I've never come across any vegetarians," said the six-foot-three, 225-pound Allen. "I think that's why my story was pretty unique. Most athletes are not.
"And being bigger, most people think it's impossible. But I've been doing it a long time, so it's definitely possible."
He eats two large meals a day and six to eight smaller ones. His menu includes plenty of beans, lentils and vegan protein powder, as well as some soy and tofu.
He uses the website www.happycow.com to find vegetarian restaurants around the globe when he travels.