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Behind the Bench, April 21st- Canadian Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021  
By: Michael Moore,


Hi Everyone,

We are well underway this postseason! Many leagues are wrapping up and many teams are making their case for “top dog”. Some of you are still skating and some of you are trying to figure out what the steps are for next year. If you are contemplating making the move to Juniors, you will want to speak with your advisor as soon as you can. This year will be extremely difficult to navigate and you will want to make certain you have all the consultation and support necessary to avoid missing out. Yes, with the extra year of collegiate eligibility many players will miss out on the coming season if they do not fully understand what is at stake. Personally, I hate watching players miss their shot because they were uninformed. So call your advisor, if you don’t have an advisor- call me. I will see what I can do to help you or your player out. 

As we fight the postseason, Coach Littler thought this article would fit this week’s theme. I agree. Becoming the best takes a mental buy-in and belief. A ferocious tenacity that does not allow one to simply give up or settle. To win consistently and perpetually takes more.

Daily Coach

Individuals and organizations with that "competitive stamina" gene never think they have done enough and anything. 

"Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, 
it is the death of your creativity." — Marina Abramović

Our society loves winners. We also love a great comeback story. Combine the words "comeback" and "winner," and instantly, we become inspired, galvanized, and motivated to replicate.

We are emotionally captivated by the following narrative: 

A team or individual appears to be out of contention, then suddenly makes a miraculous recovery to win a championship. That ending is gold and perfect for beautiful Hollywood screenplays. The stories of immense resiliency, getting knocked down, facing long odds, and overcoming the naysayers to hoist the trophy are stories that warm our hearts; and then we use them as teaching moments to share with our teams and organizations.

We tell our teams, "Look at the Washington Nationals, in Major League Baseball. They were 19-31 after the first 50 games. They improved focus, attention to detail, played together, and won the World Series—we can do the same if we play like a team."

What we don't realize is the chances of "catching lightning in a bottle" are rather small. Duplicating the Nationals is damn near impossible. Yet we always use the one time winner as the example. The odds of repeating the Washington Nationals' formula are similar to selling a screenplay to Hollywood. 

How come we never use the long-time winners and the teams that have built dynasties as our blueprint? Why? Because we never fall in love with dynasties.

We never love the perennial winner in large part because we can never teach our followers how to develop "competitive stamina." We can all teach one time winning. What we all struggle with is managing and sustaining winning. Winning forever and constant competitive mastery.  

Any team can win one time. Anyone can achieve great success one time. And for some, once might be enough. Individuals and organizations with that "competitive stamina" gene never think they have done enough and anything.

They have no mantles in their homes or offices for any trophies. It's always about the next chance to compete, the next moment to win, and, most of all, the next opportunity to display domination and excellence.

Winning never becomes boring; neither does preparing to succeed. The next game is always more prominent than the last win, regardless of who they are playing. Each contest is the biggest game of the year; each game gets the same amount of detailed attention.

No one is ever satisfied.

What makes it even harder to develop "competitive stamina" is the world around us, which continually asks, how much is enough? Aren't you satisfied yet? Enjoy the winning, take time off, and relax.

Folks asking these questions or making those suggestions, don't understand what drives people that hold the competitive stamina gene in the first place. They don't understand, the thrill is never in winning, but the chance to win again.

"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing," is one of the most quoted lines from Coach Vince Lombardi. 

However, his most significant saying touches on competitive stamina:

"The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more."

Let's all strive to do more while allowing the mastery of excellence to become a state of mind and our mantra for life!

VICTORIOUS CLIENTS- are you updating your profile? You need to make certain that you are doing so. Your advisor is not your social media manager. That is your personal profile and it is up to you to make certain that you have it up to date. Especially now that hockey is beginning to come back online everywhere. Head over and update your page to let everyone know what you are doing this week, what you are doing to get better. Don’t get left behind. Keep it updated! 

Not a Victorious client? Don't have a profile yet? That’s okay you can still get one, it's completely free. Just go to: 

Players and families, we want to hear from you. If there are any questions, concerns, or if you just want to have a conversation, please feel free to contact us directly. We want to hear from you. Good Luck and Great Hockey!

Thank you,
Team VHC

Author: Michael Moore from
Michael is a professional hockey scout and advisor with Victorious Hockey helping North America’s top hockey prospects fulfill their ultimate playing potential.

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