Like everything, the game of ice hockey continues to evolve. Behavior that was acceptable twenty-years ago is ancient history today. Players and teams that have the proven ability to play a disciplined game are becoming the wave of the future of the sport.
Goons are all but gone...accept for maybe the Federal League.
The player that can take a slash, keep his composure and not retaliate, is much more valuable than another that does something to lose the power-play opportunity. Often times, his team's penalty kill unit is forced into action because only the retaliation was seen. Childish behavior should not be tolerated at the junior level of play.
Almost every junior game on the continent is available to be seen on-demand and coaches from higher levels of play spend a tremendous amount of time in the off season pouring over film.
The point is simple, play every shift like that NCAA Division I coach is in the building watching YOU play. Be smart because there are eyes everywhere.
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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