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November 2014

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54 ILLUSTRATIONS BY Mike Curti NOVEMBER. 2014 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM SIT DOWN, KID. THIS BUS AIN‛T FLYING NOWHERE, NO HOW. OH YEAH, WAKE YOUR DAD UP FROM HIS NAP. BE SURE TO EAT A BALANCED MEAL, HIGH IN CARBOHYDRATES. COPILOT TO PILOT... CHECK EQUIPMENT BAG FOR PROPER GEAR. LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF TIME ALOTTED FOR INTERVIEWS AND AUTOGRAPHS. LEAVE FOR THE RINK WITH PLENTY OF TIME TO SPARE. THE AVERAGE SENIOR HOCKEY PLAYER MAY TRY TO CONVINCE YOU, BUT NAPPING ON THE COACH AFTER A SODA AND CHIPS DINNER IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE PREGAME RITUAL. BY ARRIVING EARLY, YOU CAN LISTEN TO YOUR COACHES INSTRUCTIONS WITHOUT RUSHING TO GET DRESSED. PLUS, YOU CAN DISCUSS WITH YOUR DEFENSE PARTNER OR LINE- MATES WHAT YOU‛VE LEARNED AT THE PREVIOUS PRACTICE OR HOW TO PLAY AGAINST THE OPPOSING TEAM. CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE FOR TIME & LOCATION OF THE PRACTICE OR GAME. ASK THE PILOT FOR DEPARTURE TIME. OR IN MOST CASES, ASK MOM & POP‛S TRANSIT COMPANY. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET READY FOR PRACTICES AND GAMES? ZAK SCHNEIDER GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. VROOOMM

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