Chris Pryor

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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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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Respect

 

By Chris Pryor

 

Everyone loves to be respected, but this is something that isn’t given. You have to earn it. For whatever sport you’re playing, respect is the ultimate accolade.

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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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Offense and defense

 

By Chris Pryor

 

We have all been raised as players to want to score goals. But as important as it is to score, it is as important to defend. There are, and have been, many good players that have played or are still playing in the NHL that are real good offensive guys but never won a thing. Why is that? Wrong place at the wrong time? Bad luck? Maybe, or maybe there’s more to it than that.

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