Even from playing ‘elite level’ hockey for 20 years and nearly a DECADE of coaching…
it took 2 OUTSIDERS, top-performances coaches, Brian Grasso and Carrie Cambell to make me see the missing mental pieces of the puzzle…
Here’s the story:
This lovely diverse city beat the crap out of me growing up, so that’s how my attitude developed:
Take no BS.
Played at the highest level ‘till 16 years old.
Left home to play junior hockey 16-20.
While getting Division I NCAA offers, I decided to play in the Canadian Hockey League for Hull Olympiques (because it was the best route to the NHL back then).
That paid off. I was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 1998.
But it ended early. I took a straight hit to my ankle.
This injury ended my next season: no contract possible. This did a number on me mentally.
In the 8 years that followed … I bounced around the minors until 2 realizations crept up:
1. This game was pure business.
2. I was unhappy.
Wasn’t hockey supposed to create all these wonderful feelings inside of you like confidence, discipline, teamwork, communication etc??
Well there’s GOOD NEWS…