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Hockey Tough: A Winning Mental Game [Paperback]

Saul Miller
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July 24 2003

No hockey player can reach his full potential without mastering the mental side of the sport. Hockey Tough provides players and coaches proven methods for mastering the mental side of the game. Author Saul Miller shares the psychological training and emotional management techniques he has successfully taught individual hockey players and teams for over 20 years.

Throughout the book, NHL stars such as Mark Messier, Pavel Bure, Chris Pronger, and Markus Naslund offer insights and tips on a variety of topics related to achieving a winning mind-set for the sport. These players explain how to focus and score, how to deal with personality conflicts on and off the ice, and how to bounce back with confidence after a subpar performance.

Miller, one of North America's most prolific and sought-after sport psychology consultants in hockey, presents mental exercises and assignments to help players

-develop a winning attitude on and off the ice,
-stay focused to execute skills and tactics,
-maintain the mental stamina required in this physically demanding sport,
-overcome emotional fatigue and physical aches and pains to perform at the
highest level throughout the season,
-manage their anger to avoid costly penalties in crucial game situations, and
-develop the discipline and tenacity to force and capitalize on opponents'
mistakes.

Miller presents many other topics of interest, such as the intangibles that coaches and scouts look for in players and what it takes to make it to the top level of competition.

Motivation, teamwork, leadership, and poise are essential factors to successful performance. Hockey Tough will strengthen each of these areas and help players achieve a mind-set to excel on the ice.


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"He understands the game and he knows how to help the athlete and the coach perform." -- Rick Lanz, former NHL player and head coach, Langley Hornets, BCHL

"Hockey Tough will help you get your game and your life to the next level. This stuff works!" -- Cliff Ronning, NHL veteran, Minnesota Wild

"Improving your mental skills is the best tool a player can have to enhance performance. This book will show you how." -- Barry Trotz, head coach, Nashville Predators

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“Hockey Tough will help you get your game and your life to the next level. This stuff works!”

Cliff Ronning, NHL veteran, Minnesota Wild

“I have worked with Saul for 15 years, both as an NHL player and later as a coach. His help has been invaluable to me. He understands the game and he knows how to help the athlete and the coach perform.”

Rick Lanz, former NHL player and head coach, Langley Hornets, BCHL

“Improving your mental skills is the best tool a player can have to enhance performance. This book will show you how.”

Barry Trotz, head coach, Nashville Predators

""Dr. Miller has developed an excellent resource, thanks to his years of experience dealing with hockey players and coaches. He has simplified the mental approach players need to perform well.""

Marc Crawford, head coach, Vancouver Canucks

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you play or coach, this is the book for you Dec 25 2003
Format:Paperback
Wow, what a great book. I've played hockey all my life and now I coach my son's team and I only wish I had found this book sooner. It's full of info on how to be a better player and a better coach. It's very straightforward and easy to read and gets at the heart of what it takes to be a mentally strong player. The exercises deal with visualization, focus, breathing, relaxation, and setting goals. They're easy, quick, and you notice a difference right away.
If you're either a player or a coach you should definitely check this book out.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you play or coach, this is the book for you Dec 25 2003
By Borrego Boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wow, what a great book. I've played hockey all my life and now I coach my son's team and I only wish I had found this book sooner. It's full of info on how to be a better player and a better coach. It's very straightforward and easy to read and gets at the heart of what it takes to be a mentally strong player. The exercises deal with visualization, focus, breathing, relaxation, and setting goals. They're easy, quick, and you notice a difference right away.
If you're either a player or a coach you should definitely check this book out.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the underestimated "mental" game April 12 2009
By C. Kibble - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
O.K., so everybody says sports (at a certain level) are 90% mental and 10% skill. It's so common it's a cliche. So...why doesn't anybody take getting mentally prepared for the game seriously? Good question. And that's the one Saul Miller tries to tackle in this book.

I'll admit, I was a little skeptical at first. I though "probably a little too touchy feely." But I gave the book a chance, and I'm glad I did. Miller lays out in plain language how simple mental preparation can really affect your gameplay. The funny thing is, after reading it, it just seems like common sense that you should prepare mentally. Everyone always complains about players who "just didn't show up today" or "have their heads in the clouds." These techniques offer simple ways to stay focused, in the game, and able to execute when needed.

These techniques are similar to any endeavor that requires lots of skill and precise execution. Military service, aviation, etc. are examples of professions where having the mental toughness to persevere and succeed are prerequisites for success. Miller translates these same techniques into the hockey vernacular.

The book covers pre-game preparation and visualization, handling of positive and negative emotions inherent in the game, and techniques for forwards, D and Goalies to use to keep them focused on the game at hand, not the shot they missed 2 shifts ago. It is an easy read, efficiently laid out and well written. The advice given is practical and easily put into use in your next game. I highly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Sept. 1 2008
By A. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my teenage son. The book focuses on keeping a positive state of mind, keeping your spirits up and expecting the best. It's a great message for life in general, not just hockey. My son says it really helped his game, and helps him deal with things when they don't always go his way. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the hockey player who wants to improve Nov. 9 2011
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've only been playing ice hockey for about six months, but picked up this book because I wanted to know the mindset needed to become a great hockey player. This book delivered. Especially in the adult recreational leagues, there are many players and teams who believe you have to play hockey out of anger or total aggression. In contrast, Miller shows that hockey must be played from a balanced state of mind, one that can be achieved using practical techniques such as rhythmic breathing, visualization, and self-talk. Too-intense emotion is shown to be a bad thing for a hockey player. He does case-studies of the greatest players to play the game, and provides insight on how they became so good. This book has changed the way I approach my hockey games, and I have increased my enjoyment of playing hockey by using Miller's techniques. My only issue with the book is that it is repetitive at times, and probably could have been condensed by about 50 pages. Still, highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all levels, and all positions Dec 24 2010
By Kristian Skou - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm not a book reader, but I received this book as a gift and could not put it down. I'm a Tier I Jr. A goalie, with international experience as well. This book has been great in helping with my mental game both on and off the ice. My in-game play has become more consistant, and I have become mentally stonger. Every player goes through ups and downs, I feel like my downs don't last as long, and I'm not shaken if a questionable goal goes in. I would recomend this book to anyone who is serious about their game, because the information given in this book is solid. This book should be mandetory for all early teen players.
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