Take something that you’re already doing, watching the hockey game on television, and really pay attention to what’s going on. This is more than just how you are watching the game but what you are watching within the action. There are useful takeaways in what you see and how you can apply it to your own game if you find yourself in a similar scenario.
“There’s so much hockey on TV. Sit down and really watch it,” said Taylor. “Pick out players that you admire and want to be like. If it’s (Trevor) Zegras, because he does stuff like that, watch what he does when he doesn’t have the puck.”
Think about what the players did why they did it. It’s more than just following where the puck is going. One of the most valuable tools when watching is to focus on a specific player and how they move without the puck and how it fits into what their teammates are doing. This works best when you focus on a player at a similar position to you. Follow them for an entire sequence or shift. Watch how they play the game without the puck in both the offensive and defensive zones.