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ANYONE SERIOUS ABOUT HOCKEY SHOULD BE PLAYING LACROSSE

From Gretzky to Tavares, Shanahan to Stamkos, Canadian-born NHLers recommend playing lacrosse in the spring/summer to improve hockey skills. 

Hockey and lacrosse are very similar sports.

Both hockey and lacrosse are high tempo, physical team sports that have similar elements to the game. Both sports utilize 5 players and a goalie, three periods and strategy of developing odd-man situations to create scoring opportunities. Hockey players excel in Lacrosse. And, in turn, they become markedly better hockey players.

Comparatively, lacrosse is a much less expensive sport than hockey and uses much of the same protective upper body equipment.

  • Hockey players benefit from lacrosse by developing: 
  • develops stick handling creativity
  • develops creativity in tight areas
  • reading the play offensively
  • develops strong, dynamic defensive tactics
  • builds up strength and endurance
  • helps prevent sport burn-out by playing a new, fast-paced sport
  • increases hand-eye coordination
  • teaches players to play with their head up and to be more aware of their surroundings
  • reinforces the importance of quickness and agility around the net
  • builds self esteem, respect, integrity and fairness
  • teaches leadership skills
  • learn to play both offensive and defensive positions and make a quick transition from defense to offence and vice versa
  • scoring skills are honed by shooting at smaller targets and picking corners
  • teaches the creativity of fakes, back passes and shots
  • develop the use of both hands
Here is a short list of famous hockey players who benefited from playing lacrosse!
 
Dave  Andreychuk, Adrian  Aucoin, Matt  Barnaby, John  Barrett, Brian  Bellows, Jack  Bionda, David  Bolland, Connor  Brown, Dustin  Brown, Codi  Ceci, Gerry  Cheevers, Paul  Coffey, Paul  Coffey, Lionel  Conacher, Max  Domi, Rick  Dudley, Ben  Eager, Jordan  Eberle*, Dan  Ellis, Doug  Evans, Doug  Favell, John  Ferguson, Sam  Gagne, Ryan  Getzlaf*, Doug  Gilmour, Wayne  Gretzky, Seth  Griffit, Cody  Hodgson, ​Gordie  Howe, Paul  Kariya, Chris  Kunitz*, John  Maclean, Connor  Mcdavid, Ron  Meighen, Sean  Monahan, Matt  Moulson, Riley  Nash, Joe  Nieuwendyk, Darnell  Nurse, Adam  Oates, Bobby  Orr, Darren  Pang, Bob  Probert, Kyle  Quincey, Mike  Ridley, Brett  Ritchie, Nick  Ritchie, Gary  Roberts, Gary  Roberts, Cliff  Ronning, Joe  Sakic, Marc  Savard, Brendan  Shanahan, Devin  Shore, Shawn  Simpson, Brendan  Smith, Reilly  Smith, Steven  Stamkos, Mark  Stone, Ryan  Strome, John  Tavares, Jonathan  Toews, Kyle  Turns, Jason  Ward, and Jason  York.