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Mental Game

2017

8 Tips to Prepare Your Team to Peak in the Postseason

  By Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center Want to help your team peak in the postseason? Here are eight sure-fire strategies to ensure that your team is inspired, confident, and focused come “winning” time. 1. You don’t have to…

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2017

The psychology of choosing fourth line forwards

  by Justin Bourne   Recently, I wrote a post titled “From Prospect to Project: The thin line, and why some guys make the show and others don’t.” It looked at the reasons some junior and college hockey studs fall…

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2017

How to Stay Completely Focused in Hockey (regardless of what happens)

By: Ben Levesque   Just when you feel like everything’s under control, it hits you. A bad call by the referee. A cheap cross-check to the face from an annoying opponent. A bad play on your part. Even a negative comment from one of your linemates… Whatever the case…

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2016

On to the Mental Side

By Ben Scrivens, Goaltender   We, the goaltenders’ union, do ourselves a huge disservice with how we mentally approach our position. How can we expect anyone to take us seriously when we’re the most superstitious players around? Why should we…

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2016

The One Question That All Athletes Need To Ask Themselves

    Everybody has big dreams and everyone wants to be successful in life.  If you’re an athlete, either interested or committed, when you put your head on the pillow at night, you dream about playing on the big stage in front…

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2016

A Great Christmas Idea For The Young Hockey Player

Over the past few years, we have had reasons to have conversations with Isabelle Hampstone, regarding the game of hockey and some of our players, with whom we work. Isabelle has recently written a book, called “Hockey Confidence: Train Your…

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2016

Between the Pipes: Mental Toughness Tips for Goalies

By Stephen Walker, PhD   What happens when you combine the speed of five great athletes in helmets and pads sprinting on ice skates straight at you? Oh yeah, they’re also bearing weapons. A simple collision, of which there are…

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2016

You gotta have heart: Defining hockey’s intangibles

“You can’t mark (an intangible) on a grade of 1-to-10 with any accuracy,” analyst Ray Ferraro says. “It’s all subjective.” By Sean Fitz-Gerald   (Bill Smith / NHLI via GETTY IMAGES)   John Scott knows you are probably not going…

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2016

Mind Games: Using your brain to improve your game

Developing Skills Between The Ears Can Be As Important As Mastering Skills On The Ice By: Jim Leitner Grant Standbrook sounds more like a martial arts instructor than one of the most successful assistant coaches and recruiters in the history…

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2016

4 Reasons Why Your Aim for Success is Missing the Mark

Creating Achievable Goals Written by Rebekah Olsen Much like writing a letter to Santa, our society believes that if we write down our goals, they will magically appear. Success will come wrapped up in red-and-green paper, nestled under a tree…

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