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The Importance of Setting Achievable Goals with Players

By T1EHL Staff, 06/13/19, 10:15AM CDT


With the NHL Draft underway, it’s important to talk about goal setting with your players. While earning an NCAA Division I Scholarship and making it to the NHL are always a dream for any young hockey player, it’s important to set realistic goals along the way.

In an article by Dave Pond, special to, he talks about the importance of setting realistic, tangible goals that may be in closer reach for players. “Those are the goals that will help them improve their skills and enjoy the game at the same time,” Pond says.

He covered the three different types of goals according to Dr. Colleen Hacker, an internationally recognized performance psychology consultant and USA Hockey mental skills coach:

  • Product goals, in which the focus is on the outcome.
  • Process goals, where the focus is on your own performance and on factors that you can control.
  • Do-your-best goals, which sound positive but aren’t detailed or specific in nature.

Pond also talks about ways to achieve these goals with more tips from Hacker.

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