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Confessions Of A Junior Hockey Coach – What It Takes To Be Great

There are so many good hockey player in the world today.  So many work hard, they spend the time to get better every day.  The game has changed over the years, but what separate the good player from the great player has not changed and will never change.

Greatness begin with what is inside of the person.  People who see greatness only see the outward example of what has always been inside.


The most basic foundation of greatness can be found in the player and person who always do the right thing even when they know no one else is watching.  They do the right thing when they all alone and when they around others.

It is the extra workout, the extra mile run, the extra time volunteer at the hospital.  It is in the details that the good player ignore sometime just because they may be tired or could do something else.  The great player make the time and put all else aside in order to do just a little more than all the other good player in the world.

How many time have you taken day off, or extra hour off to go to movie or play the video game?  How many time have you leave ten minute early from the workout?  How many time do you roll the eye’s when it come to community service?

Very few player are born with the talent to be great on talent alone.  Most great player have the will, or desire to do more to become great when they are already good.  Not all player or people have that ability.

As the example Chris Draper was a great player.

Was he the prolific scorer?  No.  Was he the best playmaker?  No.

Chris Draper was a great faceoff man, nearly 58% wins in his career.  A higher percentage than his team mate Steve Yzerman.  He was a great penalty killer, and exceptional on the fore check.

Four Stanley Cups and one Selke Trophy are a testament to his willingness to be great.  His greatness is defined in his ability to recognize his role on a team full of other great players, and find how he could be great within the role of the team.

To be great, you must identify what you can become great at doing.  Then you must put in the work.  You must will youself to do more than anyone else will do in order to be great at one thing.  If you can do that, success will follow you on and off the ice.


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