Hockey Players Benefit From Lacrosse By Developing:
  • stick handling creativity
  • creativity in tight areas
  • creativity of fakes, back passes and shots
  • use of both hands
  • reading the play offensively
  • strong, dynamic defensive tactics
  • builds up strength and endurance
  • prevents sport burn-out by playing a new, fast-paced sport
  • increases hand-eye coordination
  • teaches players to be more aware of their surroundings
  • reinforces the importance of quickness and agility around the net
  • leadership skills
  • scoring skills are honed by shooting at smaller targets and picking corners

Anyone serious about hockey should play lacrosse!

  • From Gretzky to Tavares, Shanahan to Stamkos, Canadian-born NHLers recommend playing lacrosse in the summer to improve hockey skills.
  • “It’s lacrosse that helped teach me to spin off checks, take shots and protect the puck under pressure. My stick skills, the way to read the play quickly comes from lacrosse. The hand-eye co-ordination, is just one of the little things that helps you in hockey.”
    —John Tavares, two-time World Junior Hockey Champion

“I couldn’t wait for hockey season to end so I could pick up a lacrosse stick again. All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and every one of them learned something from the game to carry over to the other – things athletes can only learn by mixing up games they play when they are young.”                                       -Wayne Gretzky

Here is a short list of famous hockey players who benefited from playing lacrosse:
 

  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Steven Stamkos
  • John Tavares
  • Jonathan Toews
  • Brendan Shanahan
  • Adam Oates
  • Gary Roberts
  • Joe Nieuwendyk
  • Paul Kariya
  • Kyle Turris
  • Gordie Howe
  • Bobby Orr
  • Jason York
  • Nick and Brett Ritchie
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