The Hockey iQ Academy was created to teach the broad mental aspects of hockey. We’ve observed that today’s players are far more skilled on ice than ever before yet still struggle to think the game as fast as they can play it.
It’s Founder, Tony Gruba, played youth and high school hockey in MN and continued on to St. Cloud State where he was named Captain and drafted by the Detroit Red Wings.
Why is Hockey iQ critical?
Up to 80% of a player’s on ice effectiveness can be attributed to the mental aspects of hockey. Yet nearly all of a player’s time is spent developing their physical skills. Allocating training time to the mental aspects will deepen a players understanding of the game allowing them to fully utilize their physical skills, maximize their potential and enhance their love of the game.
What is the Hockey iQ Academy?
Hockey Sense, or Hockey iQ, means something different to everyone. We’ve done extensive research to develop a curriculum which covers everything from playing without the puck, situational awareness, preparation, mental toughness, to learning from watching a hockey game and much more.
Can Hockey Sense actually be taught?
YES! While there is no question some players bring a more ‘natural feel’ to the game we believe all players can enhance their productivity and love of the game by being encouraged to be ‘Students of the Game’.
Furthermore, many of the concepts are transferable to other sports and areas of their life.
What are Hockey Experts are saying?
“As these kids get older,” former NHL Star Keith Primeau said, “what’s going to separate the good players from each other — because the playing field becomes level — what separates is the kid that understands the game.”
“Hockey sense: If it is not one the most important aspects of a player’s make-up, it might be the most valued that a scout looks for.”
– Chris Pryor, former NHL player and current Philadelphia Flyers Director of Scouting
“Hockey sense starts when you start playing the game,” says Mark Tabrum, the Director of USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program. “It’s like learning a foreign language. The earlier you start, the easier it is to pick up.”
“As a former NHL player and Stanley Cup recipient, I got to be on the ice with the best players in the game of hockey. I learned one main thing from being around these great hockey players and that was you must have a great mind to excel at the highest level.” Shjon Podein, Stanley Cup winner
“Scouts will tell you every time. Give me two players — one with the hardest slap shot and the other with great hockey IQ. He’ll take the kid with the hockey sense every time even though his shot might not be as deadly.” Russ Bitely, NHL & OHL Scout for HockeyProspect.com