I get it. We all want hockey back. We want kids on the ice, playing games, and going to tournaments. We want things back to how they used to be.
Unfortunately, in some provinces, the government has stepped in and deemed it unsafe to move forward with the season.
Look, I’m not here to get political. The decision was made; whether you agree or disagree, the outcome is not changing.
I compare this to a player taking a penalty, and as they’re skating to the penalty box, the player complains to the referee about how bad the call was. In this instance, whether the player complains or not, the referee isn’t changing their mind. The only thing complaining does is cause the player to lose their focus and distract them from the actual game.
The government is our referee. The call has been made. So stop complaining on social media and stop complaining to family and friends. Let’s not get distracted from the ultimate goal, which should be player development.
It’s time to adapt. It’s time to get creative and find other ways to enhance our skillsets. Remember: this is a temporary pause.
You might be thinking, “this is easy for you to say. You don’t have children, and you can’t play hockey right now because you just underwent ankle surgery.”
In 2013, I decided to transfer from the University of Calgary to Mount Royal University. By switching schools, I was forced to “red shirt” a year, which meant I could not play games for 12 months. I understand that this was a personal decision and wasn’t a decision thrown upon me like this latest hockey pause.
But during my 12 months off, I took time to recharge my batteries and come back a better player.
I worked on my wrist shot, so when I came back, I had a harder shot.
I worked on my stickhandling, so when I came back, I had better puck control.
I worked on getting stronger, so when I came back, I was more explosive.
I have read posts on social media where parents, players, and hockey evaluators worry about how this is a wasted season and players will have missed out on a full season of development.
This is true, but only if you approach it with the wrong attitude. If you decide to sit there, complain, and not adapt to unusual circumstances, there is a chance your development will be limited.
But if you approach this with a positive mindset and are willing to adapt to find alternative ways to improve, you will see progress.
Hockey will be back. The question is, will you be ready, and will you be better?
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