Why is Team Building Important for Hockey Teams?

If you're friends outside the rink, you’ll probably develop a protective instinct and won't think twice about having your teammates' back.
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It just is.

Oh great, thanks! Article complete, let’s go for a beer!

But seriously, why is team building so important for hockey teams all the way from university through junior and into peewee and atom? It’s an area of training camp in which I’ve admittedly never been terribly strong. Sure, I can run an activity or put a couple teams together off-ice to engage in some sort of fun challenge, but I’m guilty of leaning more towards systems and introducing on-ice tactics early on.

That’s why I wanted to write this article. I like to make life difficult for myself. I mean, I know team building is important, you know it’s important, but let’s devote some brain power to discover why it’s important. Maybe then we (I) will get better at implementing it.

1. You Have to See These People Every Day

When you walk into your team’s dressing room, is your first stop your office or one of your player’s stalls? Do you revert to watching video and tweaking your power play or do you spend time getting to know your players?

If you're friends outside the rink, you’ll probably develop a protective instinct and won't think twice about having your teammates' back . . .

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Kelvin Cech

Steady contributor in multiple roles over the years at The Coaches Site, current General Manager and Head Coach of the MJHL Niverville Nighthawks, former Assistant Coach with the UBC Thunderbirds Men's Hockey team.

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