Archive for 2011

Gaining a mental edge: How Ilya Bryzgalov can maximize his potential

Photo courtesy of The Globe and Mail.

As some of you may already know (if you’ve been following my tweets, you probably do), I took a sports psychology class this term at Carleton.

Our major assignment was to develop a psychological training plan for a professional athlete. I considered three players: Sidney Crosby (and the mental component to his injury rehabilitation), Roberto Luongo, and Ilya Bryzgalov.

As you can see, I chose the latter — mainly because of this. Here’s what I came up with.

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News never sleeps

“News never sleeps.” It’s an old adage I’ve heard many times before. Today, I got to experience it firsthand.

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My two cents: Gillis/Province dispute

So, Mike Gillis wasn’t happy with an editorial published in the Province on Friday, suggesting the Canucks should trade Roberto Luongo for Vincent Lecavalier. Gillis was so unhappy that he decided to unexpectedly call the Team 1040 to voice his concerns (well, particularly with the fact that the editorial had no byline).

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Preppin’ for Edmonton

I’ve been following the World Junior Hockey Championships (WJHC) since I was a kid.

I remember the days when I’d wake up at 4 a.m. to watch Canada play against teams like Kazakhstan. Even though everyone and their dog knew that Canada would win by a landslide, I still couldn’t miss a game. To this day, watching the WJHC is something I look forward to every December.

And yet, I’ve never actually attended a WJHC game, despite living in Vancouver when the tournament was held there in ’06 (was on a trip in Africa at that time), and schooling in Ottawa when the capital hosted the games in ’09 (was back in Vancouver for the bulk of the tournament).

That’s about to change.

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