Find your chair
Posted by Dean Holden at March 4th, 2013
by Chris Pryor
Chris Pryor is the director of hockey operations for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is in charge of the amateur and pro scouting departments. A native of St. Paul, Pryor spent eight seasons as a scout for the Flyers. He played parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and New York Islanders.
Everyone has a role or a “ seat” in life and this holds true for hockey, too. What’s your role? Even more so, find your role.
When you’re young and your dreams are the highest, we all have dreams of being the next Wayne Gretzky or Sidney Crosby. But as we get older those dreams fade and reality sets in. One day you look in the mirror and realize that you’re probably not going to be the next Bobby Orr.
However, in saying that, we need to realize that there are different roles on each team. Everyone has a role and when everyone accepts their role and does it to their best capability, then the result is a cohesive team which is very hard to beat.
We have all seen teams that maybe have the best team “on paper,” but when they step on the ice, they’re a bunch of individuals. Granted, they might win a lot of games just because they have more skill than their opposition, but when it gets to the meaningful games, it can catch up with them.
Back to accepting our roles or “ finding your chair” (as one of our staff members likes to refer it to). Everyone has one. Some of us don’t see it until later in our career while to others it’s as plain as night and day.
How do you evaluate your game if you don’t know what your game is? In turn, how do you get evaluated?
If you’re a scorer, you’re expected to score and if you’re a checker, you’re expected to check. It’s a game of checks and balances. We need scorers and checkers, not too many of one and not too short in the other. You need a balance and everyone needs to accept this fact.
Know your strengths but constantly work on your weaknesses. This game, as in life, is pretty simplistic: Work hard and do your job. If you do those two things, everything else usually falls into place. At the end of the day, if you can look yourself in the mirror and say to yourself that you’ve done both to the best of your capabilities, then you’ve had a good day.