A MUST Read For Coaches, Players And Parents -- Regardless Of Age Or Level Of Play
By Paul Lubanski
I once asked USA and NHL Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe (son of Gordie) to describe to me what was the hardest he had ever been hit during professional game or practice-play. Without a nano-seconds' hesitation, he answered this way: "Easy, my teammate with the Red Wings-- Shawn Burr--in practice during a drill--ACCIDENTALLY!"
I wasn't surprised. I had long held post many years of observing the hometown Wings--that pound-for-pound, Burr was the one of the "heaviest-on-the-puck" players in NHL history. Howe concurred. "At 200-plus pounds, he was a monster to knock of the biscuit," Mark exhorted. It was one of primary reasons Burr competed for such a long tenure in the "Show". You see, it most wasn't because of his playmaking or pure goal-scoring skills. He simply won puck and territory battles all over the surface. Extremely important subset of a unique player's arsenal indeed--and one that all winning clubs must have an abundance of and are naturally-- always seeking.
Which brings us to subject matter of today's column: