The Hockey/Lacrosse Connection
It has been said that anyone serious about Hockey should play Lacrosse too. Many Canadian-born NHL players, including Brendan Shanahan, Doug Gilmour, Joe Sakic, Paul Kariya, Don Cherry, Gary Roberts, Adam Oates, Paul Coffey, Joe Nieuwendyk and Rick Nash credit Lacrosse in the off-season with improving their skills and bringing their game to the next level.
That is because both Hockey and Lacrosse are high-tempo, physical team sports that have similar elements to the game. Both utilize 5 players and a goalie, 3 periods of play and a strategy of developing odd-man situations to create scoring chances. Hockey players excel in Lacrosse because of the natural transition to the game. In fact, Lacrosse uses most of the same equipment as hockey does.
Lacrosse can benefit Hockey players in the following ways:
Read about how Lacrosse can greatly improve your Hockey game: