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Navigating The Tryout Process

March 1, 2017 2:34 pm Published by

Lets talk about the elephant in the room, “tryouts”. First and foremost, embrace the process, and do your best to think big picture. No single season will ever dictate the trajectory of your child’s career. If your child makes the team, Great Job! If they fall short, encourage the principal that they’re fortunate to be learning such a quality lesson at a young age! Moving out of disappointment, set your goals – develop a game plan – and lets get to work! “Things will always turn out best for those who make the best out of the way things turn out.”

After a career of living in the land of uncertainty at the National and American Hockey League levels where literally everyday is a tryout. I believe the following qualities must be exemplified to ensure a positive tryout.

  1. Compete Level
  • Your child has to want it, and more importantly EARN it! With every opportunity they’re granted, their effort level has to be relentless.
  1. Ability Level & Versatility
  • No question supreme skill ability jumps off the page. However, every player in the world has deficiencies; and no player is great at everything. Players that are good at a lot of skills only help their overall odds. Be a Swiss Army knife of versatility. Every coach needs one of those.
  1. Timing
  • Unbelievably under-rated and under-appreciated. Do you ever wonder why or how “so and so made it…?” Timing. Being at the right opportunity and playing well at the right time, and finding the right team that needed what you offered.

Good luck to everyone in your upcoming tryouts!

The Post-Season

February 15, 2017 6:07 pm Published by

Now we’re playing for keeps! First and foremost congrats to all our athletes and families that have earned the privilege to play for a championship. Playing for a championship opportunity is a great reward after a long off-season and in-season of hard work, commitment, and performance. For those who fell just a bit short this season; bottle up that feeling of disappointment and let that positively fuel your efforts and goals for next year! Setbacks only build bigger comebacks!

As we make our way through the next few weeks of “win or go home” hockey try not to lose sight of a few key principals:

  • What got you in here?
    • Selflessness. Positive attitude. Don’t change your game now. The post-season is a tremendous opportunity to exemplify your inner-leader and perform in the clutch!
  • Enjoy the ride!
    • Performing under pressure, navigating through highs and lows, working together for a team goal; all invaluable life skills.
  • Win or Lose like a CHAMPION!
    • Regardless of the outcome, a true champion is ALWAYS measured by their character and integrity.

Seize the day, enjoy the moment everyone!