You are probably frustrated with your game, or maybe you did not have the season you wanted to have and you worked so hard in the off-season but did not see the results you wanted. Totally common and normal, therefore here are three things you are not doing that you should be doing.
1. Think about what your strengths are. Are you a pass first guy, shooter, two-way forward, defensive center, offensive defenseman, defensive defenseman, power forward, grinder? What are your strengths, what is the one part of your game that you are extremely confident in and are the best in. Got it? Go WORK ON IT! A lot of players look around and say "oh I want to score like him, or I want to play like him, etc." Truth be told there is no mimicking someone's game. You can learn from that persons game but you cannot copy it. You are your own player and you have your own strong qualities that no one else does. For example let's look at a plumber. A plumber is good at his job because well he mastered the art of plumbing, he knows the pipes he knows where the leak is coming from, he knows all the ins and outs. You don't see plumbers trying to be cops or it would not be a safe world. Just like that plumber is a master of his trade. Be a master of yours. Work on your strengths stop worrying so much about your weaknesses or what you COULD be doing. Do what you KNOW you can do.
2. You are not watching enough professional hockey. The best way to improve your game is watching hockey in my opinion. Not only does it help you think the game differently but you also see the game differently The things the professionals are doing are no different than what you do. They just complete it on a consistent basis, are way quicker with their feet and hands plus their hockey awareness and IQ's are through the roof. The way to develop a good hockey IQ along with ice awareness is watching hockey. I bet if you sit down and watch 1 full NHL game and note a few things during the game and think about what you saw, what made them do that, how it helps their game, why goals were scored, or just watch your position. You will see your own ice awareness, hockey IQ and game elevate! Watching hockey is the easiest way to get better without playing.
3. You have no intention on the ice or in the weight room. What I mean by this is that you probably go out for an open skate or even a practice and just go through the motions, have no direction or goal to work on in practice and your 35+ year old coach is definitely not going to give you any direction. So, you go through the motions and chalk up another day. The best players in hockey every time they step on the ice they have an intention. They are going to work on their inside edges, puck control, board battles, in-tight decision making, shooting off their front foot, etc. Intention is key. Same goes for the weight room. As a hockey player you cannot just go into the weight room and do a typical workout you see on Instagram. You need intention, as hockey players you need to strengthen your core, build strong hips, have explosiveness, be flexible, etc. Every workout should have an intention. For example, today I am going to go into the gym and work out trap bar dead lifts with an explosive jump, a rotational lunge, pull ups, dips, ice skaters and two rounds of box jumps. Intention with everything you do in life is key!
I hope you found this article helpful. Be prepared for more hockey knowledge and other great topics. Stay tuned for my 15-day hockey challenge coming in 2-weeks!