How to Get Out of a Hockey Scoring Slump
I feel that most players are better than me.
Get nervous when I have a breakaway.
Breakaways: Some players are complaining they are getting “hooked” in DIH (drop-in hockey). Someone is going to get hurt. No referees = rougher play.
I believe I’m skating better, but not playing better.
Skating with my head down too often.
Do Nothing. Keep working hard and your luck will eventually change?
Why bother trying to improve at our age?
Ask higher skilled players for help
Read books: Mental/Visualization
– Hockey Grit, Grind, and Mind
– Hockey Tough
Watch other games in your league
Watch NHL games: WARNING – BE CAREFUL trying to do some of the things they do.
Work on your game: DIH, team practices (not us) or sticks & pucks. Private coaching?
NOTE: Everyone goes through a scoring slump. Even the highest rated players.
Not all mental – need to get in physical shape
Best players in the league are excellent skates, but also have “an attitude” (boarder line of being cocky)
Just because a player is younger doesn’t mean they are better than you.
IMPORTANT: Just because you don’t get goals or assists doesn’t mean you are playing bad.
THE CAUSES OF PERFORMANCE SLUMPS/BLOCKS
5 Tips for Breaking a Scoring Slump in Hockey
How to Get Out of a Scoring Drought
5 Keys to Scoring More Goals
How To Score In A Shootout Tutorial (Chris at Hockey Tutorial)
Breakaway Tips to Light the Lamp (Coach Jeremy)
Based on your comments about Eddie and Brad Park, I highly suggest “We Did Everything But Win” by George Grimm. It is about the Emile Francis era. Great read. I haven’t read this, but it sounds interesting.
Wes’ high school age daughter Kait also listens. Thanks Kait for listening to this old man talking about his love of hockey.
Give James T., Corey and Tyler a shout out on your next podcast. These 3 young men are like coaches on the ice for me and support old guys like me playing the game!
It is always nice and beneficial to take a listen to your show. The latest issue, “hockey skate blades” is interesting to me.
Hiro (Japan) uses “T-Blades”.
T-blades – Advantages and Disadvantages (Chris at Hockey Tutorial)
The skate (or the boot or shoe) that I use to put on the T-Blades is VH or now it is called TRUE.
Most of my teammates use BAUER or CCM, but TRUE is getting popular even though it is quite expensive. The owner of our club is the sole agent in Japan that has the right to deal with TRUE. Many of us have a wider foot and TRUE accommodates us. TRUE grips the ankle part more securely while the footbed on the front is rather loose or spacey, which I like better. The heel seems to be a little bit elevated so that your stride or glide becomes easier or wider, I feel.
I usually change the T-Blades twice a year. I should change much oftener though.
The main reason why I use T-Blades is just a coincidence and I have bought too many extra blades so that I won’t able to change to ordinary blades in the near future. I have skates with ordinary blades though (REEBOK).
Thanks for the email Wes and Hiro
When looking for hockey equipment and supplies, don’t just focus on the large chain hockey stores.
Perani’s Hockey World:
IN, MI, NY, OH, PA, TN, Canada, (23 stores)
CA, CO, CT, IL, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TX, UT, Washington DC, WI (100?)
D&D Bicycle and Hockey: I found a hockey stick
Only 8 locations in MI
Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins): Mario’s most unique feat came on December 31, 1988 against the New Jersey Devils – when he became the only player in NHL history to score five goals, five different ways in the same game.
He scored a goal at even strength, on the power play, shorthanded, on a penalty shot, and into an empty net with one second left in the game. He is the only NHL player to ever score “five goals five ways” in one game.
Update on Jim
Subbed: Playing center on the same team for 9 games.
I like playing center (roam more).
However, the opponents always have a top-rated player against me at center (Rated 1 or 2, I’m a 4). Playing against a top player has led to some frustrating games for me.
I’m terrible at face-offs.
Playing center is fun, but I think I’m better playing a wing.
2 goals, 6 assists (Not Great)
After each game I’ve been writing down the score, goals, assists, how I played, stick, sharping, profile, etc.
I’m hoping keeping track of this will help me improve my game.
Tydan Blades: They’re great. I would say they’re awesome, but I’ve heard us Americans use that word too often.
10-30: After 6 games my blades were fine. But I decided to try 9/16”, because the ½” hollow seemed to be biting a little too much. The reason for this is the Tydan blades are harder steel than my Bauer LS2 blades.
9/16” hollow is awesome!
11-5: Charity game for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children
2018 Hockey Gifts
http://howtohockey.com/best-gifts-for-hockey-players/ – Coach Jeremy at How To Hockey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=666&v=HlDFvmwfmqE (11:33) – Coach Jeremy at How To Hockey
https://agelesshockey.com/10 – AH 010 – Gift Ideas For The Older Hockey Player
That’s it for now.
Thanks for listening!
I love hearing your stories. What have you done to break a scoring slump?
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Have fun playing the greatest game on earth!
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