Becoming a pro
Posted by Dean Holden at June 26th, 2013
by Mike Johnston, Portland WinterHawks GM and Head Coach
Listed below are 7 tips to realizing your dream of becoming a pro player.
1. Believe You Can Do It
• We are all well aware that only a small percentage of players make a living off the game but you have to have an overpowering belief you are going to be the one.
• Stay resilient in tough times – when your belief is challenged picture yourself where you want to be and refocus.
• Enjoy challenges and pressure – if you have the attitude that when someone tells you can’t do something and that motivates you – you will be fine.
2. Train with a Purpose
• Today’s players are elite athletes.
• Focus on strength, power, and conditioning.
• Work on your deficiencies and refine your strengths.
• Prepare to handle the “agony of repetition”.
• There is no rush to get there – the key is to make sure you are ready when you get the chance.
• This is still the one factor that separates most players that make it – once you get to an elite level there are a lot of players who are similar.
• It is cool to work and compete hard.
• Find out how hard you can push yourself. Most people only reach 40% of their true potential.
4. What do the Scouts/GM’s Look For?
• It is never about the stats.
• They watch the little things that separate players.
• Are you a good teammate and what type are you?
• Have you been part of a winning program?
5. Look like a pro
• How you dress;
• carry yourself;
• how you behave in public;
• concern for others – giving back approach.
6. Take time to escape from the game
• Have other hobbies or interests.
• Get away from the ice for periods of time during the off season.
• Play other sports when possible.
• Mentally you want to be fresh and excited to handle the demands of the season.
“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”