This year, I had a rare chance to play hockey with a lot of ex-NHLers as a feature of the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction weekend. And keeping in mind that I didn’t find a workable pace Yzerman or Hull, I was out there on the ice with previous NHL greats Glenn Anderson and Cliff Ronning (if your reaction to those names is, “Who,” Google them….trust me, they were, and still are, truly unimaginable).
Presently I need to concede, I was somewhat anxious going into the 4-on-4 competition. Be that as it may, I stood my ground. What’s more, I understood something truly fascinating. I play “like a kid” out on the ice. Let me clarify what I mean by that. A while ago when I initially began playing hockey at the mature age of 13, I just played with the young men. This wasn’t serious hockey however – it was simply house-group and get hockey. I didn’t make a young ladies’ hockey rep group for a long time, so playing hockey with the young men was my lone choice.
I went to the outside arena consistently and saying to myself, “I won’t be the most exceedingly awful player on the ice”. I was ALWAYS the main young lady out there. What’s more, I didn’t had any desire to be “that young lady”. I didn’t need the young men to resist the urge to stress about me. I simply needed to have the option to keep up.
So for those initial two years I went out and played with the young men and attempted to stand my ground. It wasn’t beautiful from the start, yet when I made my first young ladies’ rep group, I had most likely logged near 400 hours of ice time playing with the young men.
Furthermore, as I proceeded through secondary school, I kept playing get hockey with the young men each possibility I could – notwithstanding all the hockey I was playing with my young ladies’ hockey groups. I was as yet the main young lady out there, however now I was beginning to make plays and disappoint the young men. When I left for school, I was skating hovers around a portion of the folks who used to make me resemble a human arch just a couple of years sooner.
Playing with the young men made me the best player I could be. Do I imagine that all young ladies’ hockey players should play with the young men? Not in the least. Be that as it may, insufficient young ladies’ hockey players simply go out and PLAY.
I didn’t go from a multi year old who couldn’t skate to a multi year old playing Division 1 school hockey and going for the national group as a result of all the hockey schools I went to or the astounding rep groups I played for. I had the option to make that hop in such a brief timeframe in light of the fact that I was out on that open air arena for several hours each winter attempting to play like one of the young men.
You must have the right stuff, frameworks and procedures just as the speed, quality and stamina, to truly exceed expectations at the tip top degrees of ladies’ hockey. Be that as it may, you additionally should be inventive and serious. What’s more, when you are out on the arena playing get hockey, you attempt various things you may not ever attempt when your mentors and partners are viewing. You’ll remain out on the ice for 2 hours in a row with just 2 additional skaters on the seat and no goalies, and keep the score the entire path through, in any event, when it’s 23-21. Insufficient young ladies’ hockey players do this however. The ones do who ascend to the top.