The Hockey Mind

Hockey players can be extremely focused on their training and the physical aspect of the game that they sometimes forget the MENTAL and EMOTIONAL aspect is just as important. The Hockey Mind is something that must be sharpened through a player’s career, which allows the athlete to fully become the best hockey player they can be. We have partnered with world-class coaches and leading authorities in emotional INTELLIGENCE as it relates to performance in sport. The tips in this section are designed to give you the opportunity to FOCUS on things away from the ice that will allow you to better PREPARE your mind for when you are on it. The key to hockey HAPPINESS is something all players strive for, but is something that is extremely hard to fully conquer. The tools you need to be mentally prepared to change the game are only a click away, so what are you waiting for?!

Hockey players can be so focused on the physical aspect of the game that they forget the mental aspect is just as important.

  • I was inspired to write this article by a quote I come across from a friend of mine, Melinda Harrison, a former Olympic swimmer who specializes in helping athletes transition from the world of sport to their next great venture.

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  • One of the key areas I work on with any athlete including hockey players at all levels – is confidence. Understanding it and building it. Confidence is a player’s bullet-proof vest. It is for Patrick Kane and it can be for you.

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  • If you are a hockey player, you know that overthinking on the ice causes problems. Too many thoughts lead to hesitation, confusion and a lack of uncertainty in your abilities on the ice.

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  • All performance areas are similar, if you can manage your emotions when the pressure rises, you have a chance to do well, if you can’t you probably won’t. If you don’t have an answer for your emotions, you may struggle to perform to the best of your ability,

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  • What is pressure? Well, the general definition gives us a good picture of what pressure is… "the feeling of stressful urgency caused by the necessity of doing or achieving something, especially with limited time."

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  • There's a lot of work required to build the necessary mental skills, just like there's a lot of work that goes into being a good skater or positional player. Take these fundamental steps to build a strong hockey mind!

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  • Focus is certainly one of the keys to performance excellence. Many performance problems, including a lack of self-confidence, can be traced to problems in the area of focus. The more you lose your focus, the more difficult performance on the ice will be.

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  • What can you as an athlete do to make the successful jump from sports and successfully launch into the next stage of your life? After working with Professional Athletes and Olympians and advising transitioning athletes, here are a few ideas that athletes can consider...

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  • In order to get to a high level of performance and reach targets set, there are two primary areas that are important to elevate performance and sustain it. I always refer to enjoyment as the first cog in the wheel and achievement as the second cog...

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