Sometimes when you fail, it allows you the opportunity to grow more motivation and get more intense about your training.

~ Abby Wambach

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You can’t control the opposition, but you can control how you play, your energy level, your intensity on the ice. That’s what we’re going to do.

~ Alain Vigneault, regarding entering Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals versus the San Jose Sharks leading 3-1

Note: this quote is from Canucks draw on 1994 team for inspiration (CBC Sports, May 24, 2011)

You have to be able to focus, to control your energy. You need to make it your ally, instead of trying to harness it, to muscle it. That wastes energy too. There has to be a harmony between you and your body. Your mind and your body, and your soul have to connect in order to move forward. And this comes through relaxation.

~ Elvis Stojko

When you are relaxed, you can focus a lot more easily than when you are hyper and over-energetic. It’s important to be “up” for a competition, but you shouldn’t have too much energy, because you might not be able to control it. In competitions, it is important to be able to bring the power and energy you are feeling down to a level that you can control. This comes with practice and experience.

~ Elvis Stojko