During the Stanley Cup Playoffs players and teams have a small window to take advantage of playoff opportunities or their season is over. As a developing youth athlete there is window within which you will develop your athletic talent or many higher level opportunities will pass. Unlike NHL players youth athletes don’t just develop on the ice but ice work is necessary. Former NHL Star Ray Ferraro says:
“– Don’t pay for power skating, dryland training, skill development and expect your son to score 50 goals, if you decide to invest in extras do it because your son asked for it and wants to improve and has a smile on his face each and every time … too many parents decide what they want their kids to do instead of their kids asking to do it.
– 12 month hockey is wrong … organized skills sessions, tryouts, spring hockey is too much and too taxing … kids can shoot pucks, stick handle, play street hockey but they need out of the mental insanity of a hockey rink and need to be engaged in something other than hockey … the time away reinforces the passion to want it.”
Other former NHL stars talk about important of skills and skating. Mike Knuble as part of the 7 things every young hockey player should know says kids should focus on skating. “3. Skate as much as possible.,” but he also places importance on “4. Choose your coaches wisely, and 5. Pay attention to what you eat”
There may not be one single formula but work ethic and fun are largely part of it.
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