I love several sports but I was not really a fan of ice hockey until I was able to play the game during my teenage years. My friends and I would play ice hockey during the weekends.
I became even more interested with it after watching a live ice hockey tournament firsthand when I was in college. It was when my dad, an ardent hockey fan, took me to watch the playoffs with him. This game is not like baseball and football as it is really aggressive, exciting and fast-paced.
At the sporting arena, you can see a lot of avid fans cheering loudly for their favourite hockey team or players. Some are even dressed up in hockey outfits. The crowd of fans is filled with a lot of excitement and anticipation while watching the action that is happening on ice.
Having attended an ice hockey summer camp and school was one of the best educational and athletic experiences that I ever had. I was able to gain an understanding of what it is like to be a student athlete and have developed my hockey skills.
Our coaches have the tremendous passion to teach us the exciting ice hockey game; they kept us interested and engaged. The coach identified our strengths and weaknesses and worked on from there.
They introduced different hockey drills which made the game interesting and less monotonous
The training environment was very challenging yet fun-filled. The ice hockey training and drills taught me not just the sport itself but pushed me out of my comfort zone
and helped me improve the way I play the game.
We spent several hours on ice, had strengthening and conditioning exercises, learned the proper defensive positions and offensive tactics, forechecking and watched videos of NHL players.
Generally, there were dynamic workouts, on-ice training, off-ice training, off-ice activities as well as skills development.
Ice hockey is a physically and mentally demanding game played on ice. It requires a lot of stamina, agility, athleticism, and a number of essential skills such as skating, stopping, turning, stickhandling, passing, taking shots, pushing off, deking, checking and goalie skills.
To be a professional hockey player, one needs to have exceptional skating skills, good puck and stick handling skills, excellent hand-eye coordination, good forechecking ability, good work ethics plus the ability to work as a team.
It takes a long time to master all of these skills hence regular practice is a must.
Coaching ice hockey is like performing a juggling act which is a tough job. Hockey coaches have plenty of things to keep track of.
They are always faced with challenges such as keeping less-advanced players engaged, helping advanced players continue to improve their games and building team work.
A good coach will do everything to help his players take their skills to the next level, reach their maximum fitness levels and achieve highest potential. Added to that, he can inspire and persuade the entire team to push themselves to the limit.
Meanwhile here is a documentary video about the origins and history of Hockey:
Many coaches today attend training in advanced presentation skills to improve their communication skills including public speaking and presentation.
This training tackles the various communication techniques
and will help address your public speaking issues and improve the verbal, vocal and visual aspects of your presentation which is important to become a likeable, professional and effective coach.
Ice hockey remains to be a very popular team sport and also an attraction for massive spectators. It’s the greatest game played on ice.