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06-19-2009, 01:05 PM
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Pre-Game Routine

I have been playing really bad lately and I need a new pre-game routine...anybody have any ideas?

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06-19-2009, 05:51 PM
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How does it help?

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I usually take a few minutes alone with my favorite music on, visualizing all the saves I'm going to make... wouldn't take too much modification for a skater.

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06-19-2009, 06:09 PM
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But, for a skater imagine making a good play or something.
Here is my routine
Start 3 hours before the gamr
3h before eat someting (pasta)
2.5h go for a walk or a run.
2h pack up the gear
1.5 h leave
1h get there
45m go for a run
30m get dressed
15m visuialize plays.

I am looking for a new routine.

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06-20-2009, 05:20 AM
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But, for a skater imagine making a good play or something.
Here is my routine
Start 3 hours before the gamr
3h before eat someting (pasta)
2.5h go for a walk or a run.
2h pack up the gear
1.5 h leave
1h get there
45m go for a run
30m get dressed
15m visuialize plays.

I am looking for a new routine.

Your routine sucks. Try this:

Start 30 mintues before the game
go to the bar and order a beer
check watch - should now be 25 minutes before
order another beer
pay and GTFO
get changed, and leave dressing room just as zamboni doors close
skate around a bit and play a great game.

Just remember - cold stretching is for dummies!

The clowns and I at work have found that those who have a couple pops before the game score more goals than those who do not. My theory is that it relaxes us. Others think there are special vitamins in beer.

Try it. Works for goalies, too!

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06-20-2009, 06:09 AM
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Your routine sucks. Try this:

Start 30 mintues before the game
go to the bar and order a beer
check watch - should now be 25 minutes before
order another beer
pay and GTFO
get changed, and leave dressing room just as zamboni doors close
skate around a bit and play a great game.

Just remember - cold stretching is for dummies!

The clowns and I at work have found that those who have a couple pops before the game score more goals than those who do not. My theory is that it relaxes us. Others think there are special vitamins in beer.

Try it. Works for goalies, too!
Paulster, that's the post of the week..thanks for the laugh

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Your routine sucks. Try this:

Start 30 mintues before the game
go to the bar and order a beer
check watch - should now be 25 minutes before
order another beer
pay and GTFO
get changed, and leave dressing room just as zamboni doors close
skate around a bit and play a great game.

Just remember - cold stretching is for dummies!

The clowns and I at work have found that those who have a couple pops before the game score more goals than those who do not. My theory is that it relaxes us. Others think there are special vitamins in beer.

Try it. Works for goalies, too!
I'll give that a go next time...thanks for that

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How does it help?
It helps by relaxing you a bit so you can focus on just playing rather than breaking your slump. I used to do it in college to relax before exams. It helps. Especially if it's whiskey, warms the stomach and wakes your ass up.

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Your routine sucks. Try this:

Start 30 mintues before the game
go to the bar and order a beer
check watch - should now be 25 minutes before
order another beer
pay and GTFO
get changed, and leave dressing room just as zamboni doors close
skate around a bit and play a great game.

Just remember - cold stretching is for dummies!

The clowns and I at work have found that those who have a couple pops before the game score more goals than those who do not. My theory is that it relaxes us. Others think there are special vitamins in beer.

Try it. Works for goalies, too!
true adult league hockey. Being drunk does take the edge off and makes you play alot better, kind of like in a pick up

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But, for a skater imagine making a good play or something.
Here is my routine
Start 3 hours before the gamr
3h before eat someting (pasta)
2.5h go for a walk or a run.
2h pack up the gear
1.5 h leave
1h get there
45m go for a run
30m get dressed
15m visuialize plays.

I am looking for a new routine.
40 minutes before....
wake up brew a cup of tea with three tea bags and four spoons of sugar.
30 min. before....
leave for rink. stop at vendor and get 12 pack of Canadian( for after the game).
10 min. before....
get to rink, get dressed.
1 min before... get on ice in time for two laps and a few shots on net.

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06-20-2009, 05:12 PM
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the only way i play good is if im relaxed and goofing around. hockey is suppossed to be fun. when i think about the game too much, i completely lose it on the ice, nothing goes my way. When i get into the locker room and just laugh and have fun with my teammates, everything comes together.

Trust me it works, just relax and realize that your playing hockey because you love the game, its not like your getting scouted by an NHL team, dont be afraid to be creative on the ice.

hope this helps

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Say the games at 7 I do:

2:30-3:30: Light workout at the gym
3:30-3:45: Light meal
3:45-4:00: Drive home
4:00-4:15: Relax in hot bath
4:15-4:30: Pack up bags
4:30-4:45: Drive to the rink
4:45-5:15: Walk down to the river-side
5:15-5:30: Light jog around the rink
5:30-5:45: Tape sticks/Sharpen skates/de-fog facesheild
5:45-5:55: Set out the equipment
5:55-6:15: Go over game-notes
6:15-6:45: Get dressed
6:45-6:50: Light biking
6:50-6:55: Get skates on
6:55-7:00: Pre-game talk

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the only way i play good is if im relaxed and goofing around. hockey is suppossed to be fun. when i think about the game too much, i completely lose it on the ice, nothing goes my way. When i get into the locker room and just laugh and have fun with my teammates, everything comes together.

Trust me it works, just relax and realize that your playing hockey because you love the game, its not like your getting scouted by an NHL team, dont be afraid to be creative on the ice.

hope this helps
This is exactly right.

My best advice is ****can these regimented, up to the minute pre-game setups. You aren't a Boston Bruin, so just hydrate and stretch like you would before any exercise, relax, have fun and you'll be fine. Don't get down on yourself for making a mistake, you aren't going to wake up the next morning and find yourself on waivers.

As an aside, there's nothing I hate more than having a teammate or opponent who takes the game too seriously. Invariably they're always the ones taking the most penalties, talking smack, arguing with the officials, and my biggest pet peeve, acting like a head coach during practices.


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Your routine sucks. Try this:

Start 30 mintues before the game
go to the bar and order a beer
check watch - should now be 25 minutes before
order another beer
pay and GTFO
get changed, and leave dressing room just as zamboni doors close
skate around a bit and play a great game.

Just remember - cold stretching is for dummies!

The clowns and I at work have found that those who have a couple pops before the game score more goals than those who do not. My theory is that it relaxes us. Others think there are special vitamins in beer.

Try it. Works for goalies, too!
Beer so didn't work for me last night!



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This is exactly right.

My best advice is ****can these regimented, up to the minute pre-game setups. You aren't a Boston Bruin, so just hydrate and stretch like you would before any exercise, relax, have fun and you'll be fine. Don't get down on yourself for making a mistake, you aren't going to wake up the next morning and find yourself on waivers.

As an aside, there's nothing I hate more than having a teammate or opponent who takes the game too seriously. Invariably they're always the ones taking the most penalties, talking smack, arguing with the officials, and my biggest pet peeve, acting like a head coach during practices.
Totally agree. Just chill out before hand. Getting too hyped is the enemy, IMO.

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Not that I'm not a fan of beer, but to drink before a game is going to slow your response/reaction time on the ice as well as your coordination. If you're looking to relax before a game, a beer or a shot may do that, but it won't help you play better. Save the drinking for after the game.

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Pick up the book "Hockey Tough", I believe by Sal Miller. It's all about the mental side of the game, busting slumps, playing your best, focusing on the ice and before games, etc. Awesome book.

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Pick up the book "Hockey Tough", I believe by Sal Miller. It's all about the mental side of the game, busting slumps, playing your best, focusing on the ice and before games, etc. Awesome book.
Saul Miller, I believe. Great book, but it was a bugger to find! Had to visit three or four bookstores before I could track it down.

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My pre-game routine usually includes a quick jog/stretch (well 20 minutes of yoga... deep breathing, relaxing and all that good stuff). On the way to the rink I just blast the radio and sip on some water or sample the Powerade flavour I picked out for the night.

While getting dressed I go silent until my lower body gear is on. After that it's all a crapshoot, but when I first hit the ice I like to sprint to the bench to put my stuff away, and then do some quick laps before playing with the puck and making sure my equipment is loose.




Oh, and I always end up relacing my skates on the bench. I can't remember the last time I've tied up my skates and had them exactly the way I wanted them right away.

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this is how mine goes:

arrive at rink 30 minutes before game
put equiptment in the dressing room, say hi to everyone, yadda yadda
wait for 3rd period of the game before to finish, then go get changed (if there isnt a game before i get changed right away and do light skating and shooting, and stretch obviously)
once i get changed, watch the rest of the game before
once the game ends, go in the dressing room and have a talk
wait for zamboni to finish and play

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  • I go to the rink about an hour and a half before my game
  • Watch a little of the game thats already playing
  • Eventually head to the locker room to tape my sticks
  • Take care of some other equipment issues
  • Relax a little and listen to my iPod
  • get dressed
  • play

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Here is mine I used it last year and played one of my best years yet.

-Eat about 3-4 hours before the game, something that energizes you but not like energy drinks or chocolate
-Sit around and play Xbox 360, PS2, whatever game
-Listen to favourite music on the ride to the arena
-Go Kick Ass


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DO you guys tape you sticks before every game?

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DO you guys tape you sticks before every game?
I do.

After every game, I rip the tape off the blades and before every game, I re-tape them.

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I always went for the opposite...listen to classical music and read a book while visualizing nothing.

It didn't help me become a better player, but then I was pretty brutal to begin with.

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