By Saul Miller

Hockey is a video game of velocity, agility, strength, and ability. It’s additionally a video game of intimidation, urgency, strain, and isolation. the easiest gamers aren’t simply bodily proficient; they’re additionally mentally tricky. They step at the ice with poise, tenacity, and concentration. With Hockey Tough, so are you able to.

Hockey Tough builds at the actual talents by means of strengthening the psychological elements that practice on to the sport. You’ll tips on how to regulate your feelings and preserve composure, remain concentrated in snatch events, play aggressively—not carelessly—and increase the team’s functionality online game in and online game out.

all through, functionality advisor Saul Miller offers the educational options he has taught hockey avid gamers and groups for greater than forty years at each point from university to eu leagues, from Olympics to NHL. With insights, anecdotes, and recommendation from elite avid gamers, reminiscent of Sidney Crosby, Daniel Sedin, Brendan Gallagher, Ryan Getzlaf, and Mark Messler, Hockey Tough is vital to changing into an entire participant off and on the ice.

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Practice the give-and-go off the boards and work on your shot in practice. Be a positive self-talker. Be a more complete player. ” 24 Hockey Tough John was a young player who admitted to playing poorly when his father came to the rink to watch him. He said his dad was a stern critic who always focused on what he did wrong. Just his being there made John feel uptight. I told John that his problem was not uncommon. I’ve seen players at every level, including the NHL, become unfocused trying to impress a coach, scout, or parent.

For these players, too much focus on their weaknesses or negatives can undermine their motivation and confidence and make their everyday training experience more difficult, stalling their progress and long-term development. Dan Lacroix is an NHL veteran who has coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers and is currently coaching the Montreal Canadiens. Discussing the importance of focused preparation, Dan said, “When you look at preparation there’s game preparation. But too often players forget about practice preparation.

After a series of injuries and trades, he was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings. They gave him a chance to play on the power play. It was a high-pressure assignment that presented a real challenge. Luke knew that if he didn’t produce, his career might be over. He was nervous. After helping Luke relax, I asked him to list his ABCs, the three things he’d have to do to be successful on the power play. I told him his ABCs should be specific and clear enough that he could picture them.  When I asked if he could picture himself doing each of these ABCs, he answered that, yes, he could see it.

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