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Hockey Tough [Kindle Edition]

Saul Miller
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Develop the focus, tenacity, poise, and team attitude needed to excel on the ice. Hockey Tough builds on physical skills by strengthening mental factors that apply directly to the game. Performance consultant Saul Miller presents the training techniques he has taught hockey players and teams for more than 20 years throughout North America. In addition, NHL stars such as Mark Messier, Pavel Bure, Chris Pronger, Steve Yzerman, and Markus Naslund offer inside tips on how to play with a winning mind-set.



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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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“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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Product Details

  • File Size: 860 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736051236
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; Rev Sub edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OD41QG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 December 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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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
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book September 1, 2008
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the hockey player who wants to improve November 9, 2011
By Kevin
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all levels, and all positions December 24, 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff September 22, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book Hockey Tough I bought for my son who is playing competitive AAA Midget hockey. My older son read the book and thought it was great. He really likes the suggestions on hockey as a mental game. It gives advice on how to work through situations that you might be dealing with in the game of hockey. Good book for the hockey player!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockey Tough is a Great Book! May 5, 2006
Format:Paperback
I've played ice hockey on and off my whole life, but it seemed like my game had hit a wall. I did not feel like I was improving any longer. Instead I felt I was doomed to be an average player forever. About 6 months ago I discovered Hockey Tough and it has changed the way I look at my game. Furthermore my game has improved because my confidence has improved. Now all of my teammates want to borrow it. If you buy this book do us all a favor and keep it a secret.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Over Matter April 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
It's often said the most important bit of space out on the ice is the five inches between your ears. For the most part, you can't argue against it.

The technical, tactical, physical stuff has to be taken care of, we all know that. But it's often the mind that's the organizer and driver of these things.

This clearly written and entertaining book is awash with insights, sound advice, anecdotes and rational strategies to get your mind (and ultimately actions) working for you.

An absolute gem of applied psychology.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This book is so amazing! It should be a must read for all athletes, especially hockey players. I highly recommend it
Published 2 months ago by Jinelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I've played the game a long time and I'm no professional, but I found excellent help in this book and many ideas on how to succeed in the future.
Published 5 months ago by Griffin Strain
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any athelete !!
Saul breaks down the psychology of performing your best at all times and how to keep yourself in the right frame of mind to do that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael A. Hasamear
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect
Definitely a book we have been looking for a long time. The author describes the way we should use our energy in a good way and i am using it in my work as a Technical analyst BI. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Th_reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Great book!! Very insightful, had my daughter who is a college field hockey goal keeper read it as well! Highly recommend this book to everyone!
Published 10 months ago by James Villa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with a specific focus on hockey
Hockey Tough provides helpful information, relevant real-life stories, and helpful hands-on exercises. Good for sports psychologists working with hockey players and teams.
Published 12 months ago by Nicole Pacheco
5.0 out of 5 stars Hockey Tough
Loved the book. Brought great insight into my game and how to battle through slumps and any stressful situation i have encountered playing hockey. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars I've actually used its information....
I work with many athletes ranging from amateur to professional, from child to adult, and from recreational to competitive, and I have actually utilized the information in this book... Read more
Published 15 months ago by BMals
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids and adults
This book covers many important concepts that will improve the mental side of hockey (or any team sport for that matter). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Avid reader
3.0 out of 5 stars For the serious
For those that want to understand and put into practice some strong hockey psychology.

For others it's a little much. I enjoyed a quick skim.
Published 17 months ago by B. Lindsay
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