Chris Pryor

Your first camp


By Chris Pryor


What a bag of mixed emotions that you experience leading up to your first training camp. This does not necessarily have to be a pro camp. Whether it’s pro, junior, college or high school, there are a few words of wisdom that you can carry on, no matter at what level you are.

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Who needs ice?


By Chris Pryor


The basic concept of hockey is skates, a stick and a puck. BUT when ice isn’t available, there are other surfaces that you can still use to work on your game. Tennis courts, basketball courts, paved roads or just a good old driveway will be more than sufficient to practice your stickhandling or to shoot pucks.

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Stick to it


By Chris Pryor


A golfer has his clubs, a baseball player has his bat and a hockey player has his stick. Each sport is unique in its own way, but they all have a common theme: You need to find the right piece of equipment that works for you and stay with it.

There are certain sticks, clubs and bats, and it depends on the individual preference on what is used. It really is as simple as knowing your identity or “chair” (as we talked about in an earlier article). A baseball player who is a single hitter, is probably going to use a different bat than a home run slugger. Thus, a goal scorer should probably be using a different stick than a stay-at-home defenseman.

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What’s trending?


By Chris Pryor


Hockey is not unlike society in that periodically there are certain “trends” that arise and are closely watched by the hockey community. This might be size, speed, skill or whatever the case may be.

It’s usually in the equation and overall solution on how to win the ultimate prize – the Stanley Cup. However, this can be dangerous. That team can be seemingly constantly “chasing their tail.” One year they want a big team, the next a fast team and the next they want skill. Most often than not, you find yourself a step behind.

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David vs. Goliath


By Chris Pryor


How many times have we’ve seen this in sports? Year after year, no matter what sport is being played or at what level, the best TEAM comes out on top. This doesn’t necessarily mean the most talented group or the most skilled, but the one that plays together and for one common goal. They put aside personal goals for the good of the team.

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