I once read that Wayne Gretzky, #99, often called “the greatest NHL hockey player ever” feel down quite often during practices. That’s trivia that might surprise some people considering he is the only National Hockey League player to total over 200 points in a season — something he accomplished 4 times!
But why would it be surprising? This is the same guy that held 61 NHL records when he retired in 1999. It’s not surprising really because if you’re always pushing to do better, you stumble. And, isn’t practice the perfect time to push ourselves so we’re ready for the big game?
It’s said Mr. Gretzky’s hockey intelligence and “reading” of the game were unrivaled. My guess is since size, strength and speed were not his primary assets — practice, perseverance and a willingness to push himself harder than most were his strongest assets. Those are traits available to all for the taking.
Just a thought while missing the #NHL playoffs that would be happening right about now.