Role of Players
the Minor Hockey level players are in hockey because they want to spend
their spare time enjoying themselves in a sport that is enjoyable.
moment that the sport starts to seem like work, the players tend to find
other sports or hobbies that allow them to have fun in their spare time.
Learn Hockey Skills
(propelling your body by the alternate action of your legs on skates) is
the first fundamental skill that must be learned before all other skills
should even be attempted. Good
skaters can develop their stick
handling (alternating the path of the puck on your stick without
looking at the puck is the proper technique),
passing (allows teammates to move the puck up the ice and to one
another faster than skating the puck up the ice) and shooting (slap shot, wrist shot, snap shot and backhand) skills once
their balance on skates is developed.
Learn life lessons
players meet other players of their age they learn how to interact with
these strangers and inevitably they develop friendships. Some of these friendships last longer than others as players
continue in the same schools, teams and other hobbies/sports.
learn different methods of communicating
- discussing ideas and coming to an agreement
and receive constructive criticism vs. negative comments
& Losing / Sportsmanship
a player went through his whole hockey career without losing a single game
then this player either had a very short hockey career or they are now in
the “Hockey Hall of Fame”.
and learning how to accept losing in a sportsmanlike manner (not taking a
suck attack, or crying because things didn’t go your way) will prepare
hockey players for accepting defeat in life (divorce/separation/breakups,
losing a job, bankruptcy, death, etc.).
player learns how to cope with the difficult battles in life by learning
how to take the good with the bad and moving on with your life (ie. live
to play another day).
are only as strong as your weakest link!”
must learn to use their strengths (star players) and weaknesses (the so
called 4th line players) to develop a strategy and method to
Why do players/kids play hockey?
of being part of a team trying to achieve a common goal
of developing skills, fitness/physically and mentally
in the NHL!!
a 5 or 15 year old really want to play in the NHL or has he been
brainwashed to believe that?
do children get this competitive nature of “I MUST WIN”?
this driven by the parents &/or costs of playing hockey?