Being a Hockey Player vs Playing Hockey

There are thousands of people in the world that play hockey at all levels. From youth up through college and pro, many people are participants in the game. For some, it comes easily and their skills have a level of natural talent. For others, hockey is just something they’ve always done and playing at the next level is a natural progression of their game. However, the truly successful don’t just play hockey, they are hockey players.

What’s the difference between playing hockey and being a hockey player? It’s simple. Hockey players eat, sleep and breathe the game. They are always looking to improve their game, take the next step and get an edge on their opponents. They watch hockey in their down time, looking for tips from the best on how to develop their skill set. They work out relentlessly and understand proper training and nutrition. Everything they do is geared towards building their brand and developing their game.

People who play hockey may like the sport and enjoy the activity, but they aren’t willing to do everything necessary for success. They workout because it’s what they are supposed to do. They go to practice and go through the drills. People who play hockey do all the surface level activities that show they participate, but they are not truly prepared to do what it takes to be successful.

As a coach and a recruiter, I look to fill my roster with hockey players. There are too many people out there who just play hockey but are not truly hockey players. This level of commitment and dedication makes for a successful team, a successful player and ultimately, a successful person down the road.

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