Hockey is a very physical sport that requires strength, quick reflexes and great fitness. Like many other sports, hockey also requires a strong mental endurance that can help good players become great. Hockey captains combine between elite physical fitness and psychological strength. Captains are the cornerstone of any team and they are in charge of making themselves and their teammates better – all the time. Below you will find some of the main characteristics a great hockey captain contains – some of many that make a great hokey leader.
A captain must not focus on being the stats leader at the end of of a game – he/she wants to see all teammates play to the best of their ability. Being a team player and making your teammates better is a good indication of leadership qualities. A selfish player might try to score when a much better option was right in front of them. A good captain also understands that the assist is an important stat, not only for the actual goal, but also for the team spirit.
Talent is not enough to become a leader. A true captain knows how to not only motivate himself/herself but also share the spirit with teammates. Even if a captain is the most skilled player on the team, He or her will constantly work to improve skills on a daily basis. They are willing to show up early and learn the opponent or repeat drills and learn from past mistakes. To a captain, the most important thing is that the team has the glue and poise to give it their best, and the captain is prepared to motivate everyone to bring out everyone’s strengths.