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Hockey Tough: A Winning Mental Game

Hockey Tough: A Winning Mental Game [Kindle Edition]

Saul Miller
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"Hockey Tough" will help you get your game and your life to the next level. This stuff works!" Cliff Ronning, NHL veteran, Minnesota Wild "I have worked with Saul for 15 years, both as an NHL player and later as a coach. His help has been invaluable to me. He understands the game and he knows how to help the athlete and the coach perform." Rick Lanz, former NHL player and head coach, Langley Hornets, BCHL "Improving your mental skills is the best tool a player can have to enhance performance. This book will show you how." Barry Trotz, head coach, Nashville Predators """Dr. Miller has developed an excellent resource, thanks to his years of experience dealing with hockey players and coaches. He has simplified the mental approach players need to perform well.""" Marc Crawford, head coach, Vancouver Canucks"

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Develop the focus, tenacity, poise, and team attitude needed to excel on the ice. Hockey Tough builds on physical skills by strengthening mental factors that apply directly to the game. Performance consultant Saul Miller presents the training techniques he has taught hockey players and teams for more than 20 years throughout North America. In addition, NHL stars such as Mark Messier, Pavel Bure, Chris Pronger, Steve Yzerman, and Markus Naslund offer inside tips on how to play with a winning mind-set.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 860 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736051236
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; Rev Sub edition (1 Aug 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OD41QG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Over Matter 20 April 2011
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It's often said the most important bit of space out on the ice is the five inches between your ears. For the most part, you can't argue against it.

The technical, tactical, physical stuff has to be taken care of, we all know that. But it's often the mind that's the organizer and driver of these things.

This clearly written and entertaining book is awash with insights, sound advice, anecdotes and rational strategies to get your mind (and ultimately actions) working for you.

An absolute gem of applied psychology.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you play or coach, this is the book for you 26 Dec 2003
By Borrego Boy - Published on
Wow, what a great book. I've played hockey all my life and now I coach my son's team and I only wish I had found this book sooner. It's full of info on how to be a better player and a better coach. It's very straightforward and easy to read and gets at the heart of what it takes to be a mentally strong player. The exercises deal with visualization, focus, breathing, relaxation, and setting goals. They're easy, quick, and you notice a difference right away.
If you're either a player or a coach you should definitely check this book out.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the underestimated "mental" game 12 April 2009
By C. Kibble - Published on
O.K., so everybody says sports (at a certain level) are 90% mental and 10% skill. It's so common it's a cliche. So...why doesn't anybody take getting mentally prepared for the game seriously? Good question. And that's the one Saul Miller tries to tackle in this book.

I'll admit, I was a little skeptical at first. I though "probably a little too touchy feely." But I gave the book a chance, and I'm glad I did. Miller lays out in plain language how simple mental preparation can really affect your gameplay. The funny thing is, after reading it, it just seems like common sense that you should prepare mentally. Everyone always complains about players who "just didn't show up today" or "have their heads in the clouds." These techniques offer simple ways to stay focused, in the game, and able to execute when needed.

These techniques are similar to any endeavor that requires lots of skill and precise execution. Military service, aviation, etc. are examples of professions where having the mental toughness to persevere and succeed are prerequisites for success. Miller translates these same techniques into the hockey vernacular.

The book covers pre-game preparation and visualization, handling of positive and negative emotions inherent in the game, and techniques for forwards, D and Goalies to use to keep them focused on the game at hand, not the shot they missed 2 shifts ago. It is an easy read, efficiently laid out and well written. The advice given is practical and easily put into use in your next game. I highly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 Sep 2008
By A. Thomas - Published on
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I bought this for my teenage son. The book focuses on keeping a positive state of mind, keeping your spirits up and expecting the best. It's a great message for life in general, not just hockey. My son says it really helped his game, and helps him deal with things when they don't always go his way. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the hockey player who wants to improve 9 Nov 2011
By Kevin - Published on
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I've only been playing ice hockey for about six months, but picked up this book because I wanted to know the mindset needed to become a great hockey player. This book delivered. Especially in the adult recreational leagues, there are many players and teams who believe you have to play hockey out of anger or total aggression. In contrast, Miller shows that hockey must be played from a balanced state of mind, one that can be achieved using practical techniques such as rhythmic breathing, visualization, and self-talk. Too-intense emotion is shown to be a bad thing for a hockey player. He does case-studies of the greatest players to play the game, and provides insight on how they became so good. This book has changed the way I approach my hockey games, and I have increased my enjoyment of playing hockey by using Miller's techniques. My only issue with the book is that it is repetitive at times, and probably could have been condensed by about 50 pages. Still, highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all levels, and all positions 24 Dec 2010
By Kristian Skou - Published on
I'm not a book reader, but I received this book as a gift and could not put it down. I'm a Tier I Jr. A goalie, with international experience as well. This book has been great in helping with my mental game both on and off the ice. My in-game play has become more consistant, and I have become mentally stonger. Every player goes through ups and downs, I feel like my downs don't last as long, and I'm not shaken if a questionable goal goes in. I would recomend this book to anyone who is serious about their game, because the information given in this book is solid. This book should be mandetory for all early teen players.
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