There’s not a hockey coach in Canada who would argue that it’s disadvantageous for young athletes to play multiple sports during the summer. Goaltenders who also play baseball? They’re good with the glove. Defensemen who play soccer? They develop quick feet and learn how to defend with their skating. Forwards who play basketball? They learn focus and grace under fire while they’re shooting pucks into carefully placed spots in the net.
But when it comes to spring hockey, it’s not that simple from the coach’s perspective.