Overused terms in hockey include "play a full 60 minutes," "get pucks deep," and "go to the dirty areas" in one-on-one battles. Transcript: "This is a good question and actually made me think about what I say in interviews. Some of the most overused terms and hockey, I think are you got to play a full 60 minutes? We got to get pucks deep. Go to the dirty areas when our one-on-one battles. So this this is a good question made me reflect on what I say."
Hockey players now focus more on functional movement and speed rather than strength when it comes to training. This has led to a faster game, where physical play is less common due to the risks involved. This has resulted in a more skilled game with more goals, leading to more fans. Transcript: "I think the biggest change in the game since I stopped playing which is 2015, is through. And through the lineups, in the National Hockey League at the highest level are that much faster training regimens have changed. We're into functional movement as opposed to bigger faster stronger, which does come into play. But for the most part, hockey, players are training to be better. Hockey players. They're not trying to be the strongest in the gym and this just means that that fourth on guys are guys that can get up and down the ice and participate with that. I think that physical play has subsided a little bit. It's gone by the wayside, the risks are just too high. The speeded, the speed of the game has forced physical players to really analyze and evaluate when good times to be physical and not. And I think that that has also led to, you know, a more skilled game which leads to more goals, which Which leads to more fans."
Playing with Wayne Gretzky was a great experience, as he was an excellent leader who incorporated everyone and was always there for his teammates. He had both a good cop/bad cop side to him with Mark Messier, which helped create a successful team in the 80s. His offensive abilities were also a great support when mistakes were made. Transcript: "Playing with Wayne Gretzky. What a, what a question, whether was gretz or waner or 99, no matter what nickname used always felt, always felt. And I'm sure all teammates felt like gretz had your back Kretz was there for you, whether it was a good game, bad game, whether you need a little pick-me-up, whether you're sitting on the bench, you always felt like you're a part of the team when gretz was leading and he was certainly a great leader in that respect. He Incorporated everybody. There was Rid of time when we're going to lunch and everybody wasn't invited. That was sort of the leadership grants provided and he also had a bit of a good cop side to him. So you have to have a bad cop in the scenario. And Mark Messier was terrific at it. So we had both in our locker room and I think that speaks to the success of that Euler team in the in the 80s is that we had elements of leadership in the locker room that we're just outstanding and obviously gretz is abilities on the ice, along with his teammates, made us I feel like, you know, if you made a mistake and you let it go Lynn, we had the offensive power to pick anybody up. So it was pretty cool to have that sort of support offensively but also support in the room made you feel like you're part of the team? Great leader."
You can have as many coaches as you want, as long as there is a consistent message and the players all understand it. Transcript: "So how many coaches should you have on a team? Boy, that's an interesting question. Certainly, with hockey, and that's the sport that I would point to, I think you have to watch that you don't have too many. You really need to be able to allow coaches to enjoy their area of expertise. I used to love offense and power play and face-offs. So those were the three areas that I really fixated on, and we had some success in those areas. But I think if you get too many coaches, you've also got some cross-pollination in messaging to the players. I think that's the key. You can have as many coaches as you want, as long as there's a constant thread and a continuous message that is clear to the players. That would be my concern with having too many coaches on the bench. So I didn't really answer your question, did I?"
Transcript: "A couple of key characteristics of leadership at the NHL level or in any sport, any professional sport or at any level. Number one is influence. As a leader, we must have relationships with people that allow us to have high influence. When we say something, it has impact versus if we don't have credibility within the dressing room, within the construct of the team, then we can't lead. We won't be able to bring people alongside. Influence and credibility are two big ones. I think the other piece that is often talked about is confidence. You don't have to be cocky. You don't have to be over the hill, but you do need to have an amount of personal and I guess what I would also call cultural confidence in yourself and on your team."
It's been 20+ years since I last laced up my skates to play hockey for fun. Now, I mostly just watch my grandson's games. Transcript: "Yeah, hockey for fun anymore. No, that doesn't really happen for me. I think the last time I laced it up, I was coaching here in Dallas with the Stars and I used to do some conditioning work for the goaltenders and oftentimes I'd do it with my pads on, do a little goalie conditioning work. So that would have been in the early 2000s, so it's been quite some time. I go and watch my grandson play and that's where I enjoy the rink and that's where I enjoy watching hockey for the most part right now. But no, it's been a very long time, probably 20 plus years since I had my pads on last."