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I skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been. — Wayne Gretzky
Walter Gretzky, Wayne’s dad trained and instilled in him the mantra “Skate to where the puck is going, now where it’s been.”, while he was growing up.
Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One”, did what his father taught him. And, he has been the only hockey player that has been able to actually do that effectively.
The Great One’s record is unmatched and he is one of the all-time best hockey players, EVER!
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I believe that he was able to skate to where the puck was going because of visualization. I believe that in practices growing up, Wayne, worked on the advice his father gave him. Now, I am speculating here, but if you know Wayne, you can ask him to come on Goal Getting Podcast and explain it for us.
But with visualization, you want to imagine the puck where it will be going. This takes imagination AND a lot of work. Why work? I believe that he watched the way the pucks moved on ice, over and over again. Constantly watching how they moved when he hit them and when others hit them.I skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been. -- Wayne Gretzky Click To Tweet
Know how the pucks work, you can then start using visualization to imagine the puck moving across the ice and see where it will end up. Knowing the possible trajectory of the puck and skating to where it will be and seeing yourself being there and what you do after you get there, prepares you for the times when it is there and then you can comfortably respond and do what you need to do.
You can do this because you have seen yourself doing it over and over again in your mind.
See yourself where you are going. See yourself being where you need to be. See yourself doing what you need to do when you are there. See yourself SCORE YOUR GOAL!
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