By: Travis Brown
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Hard work is a necessity in any occupation, but when it comes to hockey these words are what separate the great from the good. Talent can only get you so far; it’s the work behind the scenes that can help you get to the next level. Everyone is going to have skill as you get older and start playing for better teams in higher leagues.
So how do you differentiate yourself?
Hard work; Smart work.
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Create a plan. Find the things you need to improve on and start from there. The best place to start the process is at practice. A lot of young players go into practice and just think that it’s for the team, to help with systems or keeping you in shape. But practice is the place where you find your game. Regardless of how much ice you are getting in the game or how much power play time you’re getting. Always remember that they cannot take away your practice time. This is where you pay attention to detail and hone your skills. Passing, shooting, edge work, stickhandling and creativity. All of these things can be improved upon in practice. Not only do you work hard in practice, you work hard when nobody is watching. You don’t put in that work to improve the coaches and management’s views on you; you work hard to improve for your own development and you will see that it pays dividends. Being accountable to yourself will also help your team. As teammates see the effort you’re putting in at the rink, they will follow in your footsteps. Hard work is contagious. Do not be afraid to lead by example.
You may have skill, you may not. Just understand that you will never know how good you can be if you do not give 100%. Succeed or fail, you don’t want to look back and say, “I wish I would have worked harder.” Be the best version of yourself, all the time, always.
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