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The 9 Crucial Non Goal-Scoring Roles That Help Teams Win

08/21/2015, 5:00am PDT
By Kelvin Cech

We're all trying to make the team...


We’ve been talking about hockey tryouts a lot lately because Connor McDavid we’re excited about the season to come. Hockey is our life. Ice runs through our veins in place of blood. 

…which sounds like a euphemism for meth, which is bad. Drugs are bad. In fact, hockey is a great way to keep kids off drugs and out of trouble. 

Anyways, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, tryouts. We need the season to start up because a lack of hockey has been known to cause severe blogger mental breakdowns. 

And the easiest player to pick during tryouts? The guy who scores a lot. In reality, these players get the least amount of attention because they’re obvious. 

Well, the goal-scorers can’t carry the team by themselves. Here are the other 9 roles successful teams fill every fall. 

1. You Don't Win Without Goalies

Just ask a goaltender and they’ll be happy to tell you that this is the most important position on the team. They cover up defensive breakdowns and they inspire their teammates to perform.

2. Defensive Forwards

Someone needs to win timely faceoffs before getting the puck out of the zone, and someone needs to prevent the other team’s goal-scorers from exiting their zone and attacking. Not every forward needs to score goals.

3. Defensive Defensemen

The same goes for defensemen. The d-man who keeps his coach’s heart rate low with responsible play that might lack a little flash is the d-man who gets consistent ice time.

4. Leaders in the Dressing Room

Any player on the team can be a leader regardless of the presence of a letter on his chest. Players need leaders in the dressing room they can not only talk to, but who inspire them through work ethic, intelligence or timely plays.

5. Empowering Coaches

The coach who recognizes the need for a combination of all the above will sleep well because he has options. It's tough for players who don’t contribute offensively because they don’t get the recognition received by their offensive teammates. It’s up to the coach to communicate this player’s value not only to the player himself, but to the team as well. This is done through words as well as action.

6. Supportive Parents

Off the ice and away from the dressing room, successful hockey teams have a supportive group of parents who want the best for every player on the team. Know why? Because your attitude around the dinner table and in the car on the ride home will find its way into the dressing room. 

7. Organized Managers

Nothing happens without the timeless dedication of the team manager. I know I wouldn’t have shown up to many a game in the past three years without Ashley Mould, Shelley Hoodspith and Julia Gerbrecht.

8. Dedicated Support Networks

In a club environment everyone knows everyone. Or at least you’re aware of other people. Having a group of friends not immediately involved with your current team is helpful because you can share experiences, both good and bad.

9. Funny Guys Trying to be Funny Bloggers

And where would we all be without someone to write everything down?

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