Time away from the ice is important for hockey players at every level.
Physically, it's healthy to step away from the repetitive movements of skating and allow some of those neglected muscles to get active again, while resting the ones that have been over-used.
Mentally, it's important to take a break from the inevitable stress that comes along with counting wins and losses, goals for and goals against and every other stat that we can get wrapped up in throughout the long season.
While time away from the rink is healthy, that doesn't mean we stop learning. And for many players, it doesn't mean we stop thinking about the sport and wanting to get better.
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We've pulled together a few of our favorite posts from the hockey world. Each one of these posts offers a different perspective and a view into the hard work and very different paths that can be forged when your goals and your passion converge.
Not Just Every Four Years
Team USA's Kelly Stack takes you back to their 2014 loss to Canada at the Sochi Olympic games and shares her thoughts on the road ahead. The newly crowned World Champions have had a tight grasp on that title lately, but their focus has now certainly moved on to that elusive Olympic Gold. <full article>
Step by Step
How his dad, MacDonald's, and wings from Chesswood Arena played a role in Joel Ward's journey to the San Jose Sharks. <full article>
How close was the New York Rangers' Jimmy Vesey to leaving Harvard to become a Nashville Predator? With an NHL on one side of the scale, what was it about the other side that outweighed a handsome contract? <full article>
The NHL's Best Kept Secret
The secret is, there is no secret. It's not in the most expensive equipment. It's not in some state-of-the-art, swanky facility. Check out how these NHLers spend their time during the off-season. <full article>
Watch that Space
Troy Terry knew from a young age that he wanted to be a Denver University Pioneer. That he'd become somewhat of a USA Hockey legend along the way was a surprise. Here is how he did it. <full article>
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