When I think back about playing high school hockey, my mind normally goes right to all the fun we had. Joking on the bus, playing games, pranks, chirping each other, cheerleaders….the whole nine yards.
But it seems like I’ve managed to bury the memories of the things that perhaps we didn’t like so much. Yes, there’s only so much room in the mental archives for memories, so I try to keep those memories to the fun ones.
One of the memories I don’t need to think about too often involves certain hockey practice drills. As I sit and think about all the different drills we did in practices, most are palatable. Tip drills, hitting drills, power play, penalty kill, breakout…..all these were probably a little bit of a bummer sometimes, but by and large they were acceptable because they had one singular, magical element - pucks. Where we get into the deep, dark recesses of the mental archives is when we get to conditioning drills. Skating. Ugh.