Hockey Tough

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Human Kinetics, Jun 16, 2016 - Sports & Recreation - 248 pages

Hockey is a game of speed, agility, power, and skill. It’s also a game of intimidation, urgency, pressure, and isolation. The best players aren’t just physically gifted; they’re also mentally tough. They step on the ice with poise, tenacity, and focus. With Hockey Tough, so can you.

Hockey Tough builds on the physical skills by strengthening the mental factors that apply directly to the game. You’ll learn how to control your emotions and maintain composure, stay focused in clutch situations, play aggressively—not carelessly—and improve the team’s performance game in and game out.

Throughout, performance consultant Saul Miller presents the training techniques he has taught hockey players and teams for more than 40 years at every level from college to European leagues, from Olympics to NHL. With insights, anecdotes, and advice from elite players, such as Sidney Crosby, Daniel Sedin, Brendan Gallagher, Ryan Getzlaf, and Mark Messler, Hockey Tough is essential to becoming a complete player on and off the ice.

 

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Contents

Managing the Mental Game
1
Setting Goals
9
Power Thinking
15
Imagery
31
Emotional Control
45
Changing Channels
61
Commitment
69
Confidence
81
Game Readiness
137
Scoring
153
Playing Defense
167
Checking Tough
179
Stoning the Opposition in Goal
187
Battling Through Injury and Recharging
201
Epilogue
217
Bibliography
223

Identity
91
Making It
99
Team First
113
Personality Differences
125
Index
225
About the Author
230
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About the author (2016)

Saul Miller, PhD, is a performance and sport specialist consulting in sport, business, health care, and the arts.

With a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of London, Miller is one of North America’s leading mental coaches. His work in enhancing performance and team building has helped organizations, individuals, and teams be successful while dealing with pressure, stress, and change.

Miller has been working as a sport psychologist for over three decades. He coached the mental game of hockey at every level of play, including youth and recreational leagues, junior and college hockey, top European leagues, and the National Hockey League. His clients extend beyond hockey to include players and teams in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball plus Professional Golfers Association Tour players and national and Olympic athletes in more than 20 sports. Dr. Miller is the author of eight books, including the first edition of Hockey Tough: A Winning Mental Game, and is often invited to speak at hockey coaching clinics and conferences throughout North America and in Europe.

Miller resides in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

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