Updated: Jan 19
Hockey experts all complain about the trap. They say that it slows the game down and they're right... but every team uses an element of this type of puck-recovery (some kind of trap) in their team structure.
How does this connect with you being nervous in 2021?
NHL teams have a plan to Recover the puck, so we want you to have a plan to Recover your thinking in 2021.
In the game of hockey, when the opponent has possession of the puck, many teams simply chase the puck wherever it is, without a plan, to try to turn it over. Lots of energy is expended, with little return. As soon as the forechecking forward skates hard towards the defensemen who has the puck, that defensemen typically passes the puck right by the forechecking forward.
This not-having-a-forchecking-plan concept in hockey is a little like you and me allowing ourselves to be super-nervous or anxious throughout 2021. We skate all over the place in our mind, we waste cognitive energy, and we end up with few results.
The screenshot above shows the Tampa Bay Lightening playing a neutral zone 1-3-1 structure during last season's playoffs. Why waste energy when you don't have the puck? Why not have a smart process to save energy, eventually regain the puck, and then have fun on offence, giving yourself a higher percentage chance to win?
Here is the process, the structure, the game-plan, that we want you to try out in 2021.
We call it the 3-Rs. This expands on our Thinking Tendencies Model, the main engine driving our upcoming book, BREAKOUT (ask for more info here). Have some fun with this process as a way to reduce nervous t