Why should hockey players play lacrosse?

Dec. 14, 2021

* develops stick handling creativity

* develops creativity in tight areas

* reading the play offensively

* develops strong, dynamic defensive tactics

* builds up strength and endurance

* increases hand-eye coordination

* teaches players to play with their head up and to be more aware of their surroundings

* reinforces the importance of quickness and agility around the net

* teaches leadership skills

* learn to play both offensive and defensive positions and make a quick transition from defense to offence and vice versa

* scoring skills are honed by shooting at smaller targets and picking corners

* teaches the creativity of fakes, back passes and shots

* develop the use of both hands

* helps prevent sport burn-out by playing a different fast-paced sport



Not only did the “Great One” play lacrosse in hockey’s off-season, but there is also a long list of NHL players who have polished their hand-eye coordination and physical endurance by playing lacrosse in the summer. Here are some other NHL’s who also participated in lacrosse:



- Bobby Orr   - Doug Gilmour    - Patrick Kane    - Pail Kariya

- Dave Andreychuk   - John MacLean   - Steve Larmer    - Joe Nieuwendyk

- Paul Coffey   - Adam Oates    - Gordie Howe    - Brian Bellows   - Kyle Turris

- Sam Gagne   - Mike Ridley    - Gary Roberts    - Cliff Ronning   - Jonathan Toews 

- Mike Gartner   - Joe Sakic    - Brendan Shanahan    - Steve Stamkos    - John Tavares


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