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Mental Game

2017

5 Essential Mental Preparation Tips for Hockey Players

Jamie McKinven Hockey, like all sports, is filled with intangibles and idiosyncrasies that define the game, the culture and determines who achieves the most success. We’ve all heard the saying, “Hockey is 10% physical and 90% mental.” The statement may…

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2017

Mike Babcock Shares His Secret to Success as an Individual (and as a hockey player)

By Ben Levesque It’s been a few years since I met Mike Babcock. He came to speak to my team and I about 4 years ago before our National Championship playoff run. I remember telling myself, “man…this guy can work…

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2017

NHL off-season training regimen not exactly how it appears

  By Michael Traikos   TORONTO – It is the end of summer and about a dozen NHL players have just finished an hour-long skate and are now spending the rest of a Friday morning in August tucked inside a windowless workout…

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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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