What Should Older Hockey Players Do in the Summer?
SUMMER is almost here.
Take time to enjoy the hot weather with your family and friends!
What goals to do you have for your fall hockey season?
The Important Thing: You need to figure out what works for you.
Give injuries a chance to heal
Too long of a time off the ice could make it hard to get back in shape
If available: Open skating and/or DIH (maybe only every 2-3 weeks)?
Great time to try different blade profiles and hollows.
Fantasy Camp: AgelessHockey.com/7
Do things with your non-hockey friends: golf, tennis, fishing, etc.
Read books: hockey or anything else you like.
Keep doing your hockey stretching routine
My plans this summer: Hockey camp
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO THIS SUMMER?
I READ ANOTHER BOOK
Bobby Orr – Orr My Story (290 pages, 2013)
p 213: “The mental part of the game is the toughest part. Talent can take you only so far.”
P 225: No summer hockey for kids.
p 242: Consistency is the key to long-term success. Your skills may be less than other players, but that’s OK. Play at your level every day.
This is something I’m not doing very well.
I’m telling you, for a bunch of 19-22 year old’s, they have a ton of respect for us old guys playing hockey. Can’t say enough about the respect shown by James, Corey, Tyler, Mitch and the other young Turks. We have a bunch of fine young men in our group and the respect and admiration I have for them is pretty big.
Wes, it’s great that you and the young players in your league have mutual respect.
I also appreciate these young guns listening to the Ageless Hockey podcast.
Apr 27: Wes mentioned that between his personal life and work hours, he is swamped.
He says the bottom line is that there is no time to play hockey. This year looks like a washout for me and I am extremely disappointed.
I don’t even have time to skate on my own.
I’ll still be checking in, even though I am sort of not a player anymore. I still am very interested in your podcasts and look forward to the next one!
Wes, Anyone with your schedule would be overwhelmed. But remember, you are still a hockey player. You’re just temporarily sidelined, because of life. I’m sure it’s discouraging, but don’t give up.
Even if you don’t have time to skate, please keep doing other things, so you’ll be in decent shape when you return to hockey. Continue doing your hockey stretching. Stick handle in your basement/garage/driveway to keep your arms, wrists and timing sharp. Shoot at a target, even if it’s a wall. Keep your legs moving: Bike, walk/run (not a marathon). I know you don’t have much free time. But, even if you only do these activities occasionally for a short time period, I believe it will make your return to hockey easier.
Thanks for the email’s Wes and Good Luck!
It’s cool that you’re looking for on-ice training. It’s so hard to find ice time in Seattle that I had given up on it, and focus my efforts on off-ice training.
Last summer I rollerbladed about 5 miles to and from work, stick handling
about half of that distance. It really helped me with stick-handling
with my head up. I’m still not perfect, but a lot better than I was.
I was thinking about your comment on the Mohawk skating maneuver,
and I imagine you are doing it, but just don’t realize! You basically do it when you transition from forward to backward skating or vice-versa. So, it might not be as hard as you think!
Given all the work you’ve been doing, how is your game? Are you
tracking improvement? Have you been scoring more?
Joe, Rollerblading is a great idea, but I’m afraid I would get hurt skating on them.
That makes sense what you say about the Mohawk maneuver. Although, going from forward to backward is only doing the Mohawk for a second. I don’t think I’m going to put any effort into trying to do this maneuver, since it looks like a good way to get hurt.
I feel like I’m skating well, but my scoring hasn’t improved. I’m skating better with my head up (off-ice stickhandling in basement with a speed ball). I keep track of my goals and assists. I also make a note of other items: plus/minus. How did I feel overall? How many “unforced” mistakes did I make and what I can do to avoid repeating them (IMPORTANT: Don’t beat yourself up. Even NHL players make mistakes).
Thanks for the email’s Joe.
Top players in the Over 60 League: “Do something every day.”
Fear of Failure in Hockey – EP49
The mind controls the body.
Consistency always beats Intensity over the course of time.
Be confident and not afraid to fail.
Recovery time from an injury: Over 50 = longer recovery time. One day you’ll wake up and say to yourself “I feel great, my injury is finally healed”.
Caution: Once you think you’re back to normal, take it easy for another month.
Holes in a hockey stick blade – Chris at Hockey Tutorial
Summer Hockey Sales: Perani’s Hockey World has an annual Warehouse Clearance sale at a local ice rink July 18 – 28, 2019.
Find out when your local stores are having sales. There may also be sales online.
UPDATE ON JIM
After playing I’m exhaust and sore for days. I haven’t been doing any physical activity until the next game (many times this is a week later). I wouldn’t even stretch until the morning I play again.
NEW Routine: Now I ride my stationary bike a few hours after I get home from a game and every other day (15 minutes, low tension). I also stretch almost every day.
I’m still sore.
Spring League is done.
I got called to play 3 games, because a player was on vacation.
Game 1: Lost 8-2 (Played D, one assist)
Game 2: Lost 5-3 (Played D and F, because a player got injured).
Game 3: Won 7-1 (Played LW, two assists). Missed a breakaway. Luckily, we were leading by 6 goals, but this is getting old.
Summer: Our rink closed May 19 and doesn’t re-open until Aug 5. We moved our Drop-In Hockey to another rink.
Middle of June, I start a Summer Adult Skating Camp. This is 1.5 hours, once a week, for 6 weeks. I have no idea of the ages or skill level of the other skaters that will be there.
I’ll give you the details of my experience on my next podcast in August.
THANKS AGAIN FOR LISTENING!
Please let me know what you plan to do this summer.
Email me at Jim@AgelessHockey.com
As always, I value your time and appreciate all of you that have subscribed to my podcast.
Always remember what’s important: Have Fun, Try to Avoid Injuries and Make New Friends.
HAVE A FUN SUMMER!
Have fun playing the greatest game on earth!
STAY ON THE ICE