Lighten Up…..


This week’s motivational clip. For the big guys….. enjoy.





For those of you who don’t know, J.J. Watt is an all-pro defensive lineman for the Houston Texans in the NFL.
Watt’s sophomore season in the NFL turned out to be one of the greatest seasons by a defensive player in NFL history. During the week 12 Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions, Watt broke the Texans franchise record set by former teammate Mario Williams for most sacks in a single season. Watt finished the regular season with 81 tackles (69 solo), 20.5 sacks, 39 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and an astonishing 16 passes defended – a statistic usually reserved for defensive backs.[13] Making his All-Pro debut, he was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-Pro team.[14] Because of his knack for batting balls down at the line of scrimmage, he was nicknamed “J.J. Swatt” by Monday Night Football commentator and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden.[15]

Watt became the first player in NFL history to record 16.5 sacks and tip 15 passes in a single season after a Week 13 victory against the Tennessee Titans. He was a starting defensive end for the AFC Division in the 2013 Pro Bowl. J.J. Watt and the Texans were in the top of the AFC for the first sixteen weeks, but with a loss to the Colts in week 17, with Broncos and Patriots wins, they slid down to the third seed and faced the Cincinnati Bengals in the wildcard round for the second consecutive postseason. In the game, J.J Watt had 5 tackles and a sack. He helped the Houston defense hold Bengals to 6 (offensive) points to give Texans a 19-13 victory. The Texans played at the Patriots (#2 seed) in the divisional round. J.J. Watt and the defense were not as dominant in this match and allowed 41 points. Watt only had 4 tackles and a half sack in the game, and the Texans were eliminated with a final score of 41-28. On January 15, 2013, Watt was selected as the AFC Defensive Player of the Year.[16] On February 3, 2013, Watt was awarded the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, receiving 49 of the 50 total votes.[17] He also made his debut on NFL’s Top 100 list at No. 5, the highest ever debutant, and the highest-ranked defensive player.[18]


I Like You A Lot…..

One of the things when talking to coaches, scouts and recruiters that comes up often is how likable a player is. It is an important component in being a well rounded player and person.

Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich” — one of the top-selling books of all time — wrote about the habits of the most likable people in his essay “Develop A Pleasing Personality.”

Here are 14 points he made.

1. They develop a positive mental attitude and let it be seen and felt by others.

It’s often easier to give into cynicism, but those who choose to be positive set themselves up for success and have better reputations.

2. They always speak in a carefully disciplined, friendly tone.

The best communicators speak deliberately and confidently, which gives their voice a pleasing sound.

3. They pay close attention to someone speaking to them.

Using a conversation as an opportunity to lecture someone “may feed the ego, but it never attracts people or makes friends,” Hill says.

4. They are able to maintain their composure in all circumstances.

An overreaction to something either positive or negative can give people a poor impression. In the latter case, says Hill, “Remember that silence may be much more effective than your angry words.”

5. They are patient.

“Remember that proper timing of your words and acts may give you a big advantage over impatient people,” Hill writes.

6. They keep an open mind.

Those who close themselves off from certain ideas and associate only with like-minded people are missing out on not only personal growth but also opportunities for advancing their careers.

7. They smile when speaking with others.

Hill says that president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s greatest asset was his “million-dollar smile,” which allowed people to lower their guards during conversation.

8. They know that not all their thoughts need to be expressed.

The most likable people know that it’s not worth offending people by expressing all their thoughts, even if they happen to be true.

9. They don’t procrastinate.

Procrastination communicates to people that you’re afraid of taking action, Hill says, and are therefore ineffective.

10. They engage in at least one good deed a day.

The best networkers help other people out without expecting anything in return.

11. They find a lesson in failure rather than brood over it.

People admire those who grow from failure rather than wallow in it. “Express your gratitude for having gained a measure of wisdom, which would not have come without defeat,” Hill says.

12. They act as if the person they are speaking to is the most important person in the world.

The most likable people use conversations as an opportunity to learn about another person and give them time to talk.

13. They praise others in a genuine way without being excessive.

“Praise the good traits of others, but don’t rub it on where it is not deserved or spread it too thickly,” Hill says.

14. They have someone they trust point out their flaws.

Successful people don’t pretend to be likable; they are likable because they care about their conduct and reputation. Having a confidant who can be completely honest with them allows them to continue growing.

I hope you take these points, think about them and put them to use. Maybe you can get to the point, like Mary, where people really, really like you A LOT………Enjoy!

Homework-Who Are You?

The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer. He can visualize something, and when visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.
– Robert L Schwartz

I recently found these two videos while doing some research on Visualization.

I don’t think it can ever be over-stressed the value and power that visualization and imaging has in all areas of sport and life. There is short term visualization skills that you work on right before a game, like Mike Cammalleri is showing in the first video. There is also long-term visualization practice that is more like emulation or trying to be like someone.

One of the things scouts, coaches and recruiters ask me when talking about players is this, “Who is he at the next level?” or “Who will he be in the NHL?”  These questions always make me think of a powerful tool that most great players used in the past while growing into the players they are today. In fact it helped them become who they became…..

So you have a homework assignment ……

You have to let me know who you are in the NHL. Who do you think you play like or want to play like? This is a fun exercise but also very valuable in getting you working on enhancing your visualization and emulation skills.

Text me your player or players.

Enjoy the week and videos.
If you are interested in further developing your visualization skills, there are some great sections in the books on the recommended summer reading list we posted as well. CLICK HERE
Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.
– William S. Gilbert



Other Sports


 “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”
Yogi Berra

Now that the hockey season is officially over and the ‘off-season’ has begun, I thought I would look to some of the other sports for material for this week’s post.

I found these short videos that feature greats from Basketball, Football, Baseball and Golf.
While training hard physically in the summer is vital, listen and learn how these greats separate themselves with their preparation and mental preparedness. It is very telling.
Remember, there are great resources to help you train mentally but it is up to you to make the commitment to work at it.


Have a great week!

Basketball-Michael Jordan

Football- Peyton Manning

Baseball- Derek Jeter

Golf- Tiger Woods




Middle of June. Great time of year!

What I wanted to do this week was just to send out a little checklist that hopefully serves as a tool to help you out with your off-season preparation. I think if you work through this list and be honest with yourself, you can get a good feel for if you are preparing well. This is just something I will send out again in July and August to help guide you. There are only five areas I want you to focus on for now.

If you need help in any of these areas just ask for advice on finding experts in each field that can help you.

Remember, there are things in the game of hockey you can’t control. But you owe it to yourself to be honest and make sure you are working on the things that you can control.

  1. Physical Training– Is your program working for you? Are you training properly? Do you need a second opinion to make sure? Are you working with the best possible trainer who has a proven track record? Are you seeing results?
  2. Mental Training- What are you doing to develop your mental toughness and mental preparedness? Have you contacted a Coach that specializes in the field. This is the most commonly neglected area and probably the most important area for young players to develop. If you are doing nothing you are wasting a huge opportunity to become a better player. ex.
  3. Nutrition– Have you consulted a nutritionist to maximize your results? You will see all kinds of progress in all areas if you have this area mastered. Very few people do. Work at it! ex.
  4. Summer Reading– Have you committed to read any of the suggested summer reading that was posted in the previous blog? Easy way to become better. If you need any more ideas please contact me. CLICK HERE
  5. Family and Friends– Are you being a good family member and friend? Hockey is important but not the most important. Be committed to spending fun, quality time with the people that mean the most to you. Have a great balance between the hard work of training and preparing and taking some time to enjoy life and recharge your battery.

Nobody can do this for you. It is up to you. It is about how bad you want it. Just know that there are very talented hockey players out there that are working on all these areas as you read this.
If you need guidance or ideas concerning any of the first four areas I encourage you to contact me. The fifth area is the one that only you are the expert in.

Have a great week!

“There come times during the season that Hockey will ask you what you did last June and July……”


Summer Reading


A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating and wiser by always reading.

–Jeremy Collier

I thought this week I would send out some suggested summer reading. School is winding down and summer is a great time to read some books that will help you develop. A lot of time and money is spent on training and travelling to events. For a few dollars you can do something else that can  help you improve drastically.
These books are all a little different. Some things will work for you and be of interest to you, and some won’t. One thing is certain. If you read all of these books you will empower yourself to become a better player. That is one thing I can guarantee.
I have included a link to them on Amazon where you can buy them, sometimes used copies, for a very small amount. Enjoy!

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

–Vera Nazarian

1.  Mind Gym-An Athlete’s Guide To Inner Excellence
Gary Mack with David Casstevens


2. Think Strong for Athletes
Eric Hoffberg


3. Stillpower
Garret Kramer


4. Mystic Cool
Joseph Goewey


5. Training Camp
Jon Gordon

New Additions

6.  The Obstacle Is The Way-Ryan Holiday

7. How Champions Think- Bob Rotella


The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.

–Northrop Frye



Confident People


I found this article written by Daniel Wallen and wanted to share it.
Remember, confident players make effective players!
Enjoy (And make sure you watch the video of Coach Orion at the end…….)

Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else put their faith in you? To walk with swagger and improve your self-confidence, watch out for these fifteen things highly confident people don’t do.

 1. They don’t make excuses.

Highly confident people take ownership of their thoughts and actions. They don’t blame the traffic for being tardy at work; they were late. They don’t excuse their short-comings with excuses like “I don’t have the time” or “I’m just not good enough”; they make the time and they keep on improving until they are good enough.

2. They don’t avoid doing the scary thing.

Highly confident people don’t let fear dominate their lives. They know that the things they are afraid of doing are often the very same things that they need to do in order to evolve into the person they are meant to be.

 3. They don’t live in a bubble of comfort.

Highly confident people avoid the comfort zone, because they know this is a place where dreams die. They actively pursue a feeling of discomfort, because they know stretching themselves is mandatory for their success.

4. They don’t put things off until next week.

Highly confident people know that a good plan executed today is better than a great plan executed someday. They don’t wait for the “right time” or the “right circumstances”, because they know these reactions are based on a fear of change. They take action here, now, today – because that’s where progress happens.

 5. They don’t obsess over the opinions of others.

Highly confident people don’t get caught up in negative feedback. While they do care about the well-being of others and aim to make a positive impact in the world, they don’t get caught up in negative opinions that they can’t do anything about. They know that their true friends will accept them as they are, and they don’t concern themselves with the rest.

 6. They don’t judge people.

Highly confident people have no tolerance for unnecessary, self-inflicted drama. They don’t feel the need to insult friends behind their backs, participate in gossip about fellow co-workers or lash out at folks with different opinions. They are so comfortable in who they are that they feel no need to look down on other people.

 7. They don’t let lack of resources stop them.

Highly confident people can make use of whatever resources they have, no matter how big or small. They know that all things are possible with creativity and a refusal to quit. They don’t agonize over setbacks, but rather focus on finding a solution.

 8. They don’t make comparisons.

Highly confident people know that they are not competing with any other person. They compete with no other individual except the person they were yesterday. They know that every person is living a story so unique that drawing comparisons would be an absurd and simplistic exercise in futility.

9. They don’t find joy in people-pleasing.

Highly confident people have no interest in pleasing every person they meet. They are aware that not all people get along, and that’s just how life works. They focus on the quality of their relationships, instead of the quantity of them.

 10. They don’t need constant reassurance.

Highly confident people aren’t in need of hand-holding. They know that life isn’t fair and things won’t always go their way. While they can’t control every event in their life, they focus on their power to react in a positive way that moves them forward.

11. They don’t avoid life’s inconvenient truths.

Highly confident people confront life’s issues at the root before the disease can spread any farther. They know that problems left unaddressed have a way of multiplying as the days, weeks and months go by. They would rather have an uncomfortable conversation with their partner today than sweep an inconvenient truth under the rug, putting trust at risk.

12. They don’t quit because of minor set-backs.

Highly confident people get back up every time they fall down. They know that failure is an unavoidable part of the growth process. They are like a detective, searching for clues that reveal why this approach didn’t work. After modifying their plan, they try again (but better this time).

 13. They don’t require anyone’s permission to act.

Highly confident people take action without hesitation. Every day, they remind themselves, “If not me, who?”

 14. They don’t limit themselves to a small toolbox.

Highly confident people don’t limit themselves to Plan A. They make use of any and all weapons that are at their disposal, relentlessly testing the effectiveness of every approach, until they identify the strategies that offer the most results for the least cost in time and effort.

 15. They don’t blindly accept what they read on the Internet as “truth” without thinking about it.

Highly confident people don’t accept articles on the Internet as truth just because some author “said so”. They look at every how-to article from the lens of their unique perspective. They maintain a healthy skepticism, making use of any material that is relevant to their lives, and forgetting about the rest. While articles like this are a fun and interesting thought-exercise, highly confident people know that they are the only person with the power to decide what “confidence” means.

I had to add this gem on confidence from legendary coach Orion right????? Have a great weekend everyone!