Chris Pryor

Let the games begin

 

By Chris Pryor

 

It seems to be the “flavor of the month” lately: Small kids playing small games. This concept has been gaining momentum and it carries a lot of weight.

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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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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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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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