The Undeniable Link: Why Hockey Players Should Play LacrosseUpdated Tuesday January 10, 2017 by Gloucester Minor Lacrosse Association.
"It's lacrosse that helped teach me to spin off checks, take shots and protect the puck under pressure. My stick skills, the way to read the play quickly comes from lacrosse. The hand-eye coordination, is just one of the little things that helps you in hockey."
– John Tavares
I could hardly wait to get my lacrosse stick out and start throwing the ball against the walls and working on our moves as we played the lacrosse equivalent to road hockey. All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and everyone of them learned something from the game to carry over to the other - things athletes can only learn by mixing up the games they play when they are young."
– Wayne Gretzky
Both hockey and lacrosse are high tempo, physical team sports that have similar elements to the game. Both sports utilize 5 players and a goalie, three periods and a strategy of developing odd-man situations to create scoring opportunities. Hockey players excel in Lacrosse, and, in turn, they become markedly better hockey players.
Comparatively, lacrosse is a much less expensive sport than hockey and uses much of the same protective upper body equipment. Hockey players benefit from lacrosse by developing:
Want to know more? Check out this article highlighting the impact that lacrosse has had on some current NHL players.
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: