Another guest post for the beauties over at Wheels Hockey:

“Dictionary.com definition: Ritual (noun)- any practice or pattern of behavior regularly performed in a set manner.”

Rituals; we all have them, whether it’s conscious or sub conscious. Whether you wake up and step with your left side out of bed or lace up your right skate first it’s a major contributor in how you play the game. To the ordinary person, ritual is going about your day to day life in a string of reoccurring habits. To an athlete ritual becomes an often overlooked necessity. For some players it can make or break a game. It’s often been said that goalies are the most ritual plagued member of a team. Turns out they aren’t the only crazy ones.

While currently suffering from an overwhelming case of the off-season blues, it’s easy to think about the random aspects of the game. What rituals does a player face before hitting the ice? Are the pre-game preparations set each day or can it fluctuate? Read the rest here: Wheels Hockey Blog

Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: winter@thepinkpuck.com Twitter: @Winter_Adams

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