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How Will Lacrosse Help With Hockey?

by  JEREMY RUPKE on  MARCH 10, 2010

 

Lacrosse is probably the best summer sport to play, as it is very similar to hockey. Wayne Gretzky, one of the best players of all time was known for also being great at Lacrosse. I read in Gretzky’s book that when he played in the minors a coach on the other team offered $5 for every hit laid on Gretzky in the game. The coach ended up paying $2.50 for half a hit, why? Gretzky said he had learned from Lacrosse to dodge hits, and roll off of them. That is not the only thing you will learn though, I have compiled a list below of skills that will help your hockey game that you can learn in Lacrosse.

Skills that will transfer to hockey from Lacrosse
  • Lateral movement and foot speed
  • Avoiding hits
  • Dekes and fakes
  • Positional play
  • Explosive power
  • Passing and setting up plays
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Sportsmanlike and team play
  • Acceleration and speed
  • Shooting and aim/accuracy
  • Core strength, follow through and second efforts
  • Checking and physical presence