How lacrosse can make you a better ice hockey player
Ice hockey and lacrosse are high tempo, physical team sports that have similar elements to the game. Both sports use the strategy of developing odd-man situations to create scoring opportunities. Hockey players excel at lacrosse, and also become better hockey players.
Skills that will transfer to hockey from lacrosse:
- Lateral movement and foot speed
- Avoiding hits
- Positional play
- Explosive power
- Passing and setting up plays
- Hand eye coordination
- Acceleration and speed
- Shooting and aim / accuracy
- Core strength and endurance
- Checking and physical presence
Don’t just take our word for it:
“I couldn’t wait for hockey season to end so I could pick up a lacrosse stick again.”
— Wayne Gretzky
“It’s lacrosse that helped teach me to spin off checks, take shots and protect the puck under pressure. My stick skills, the way to read the play quickly comes from lacrosse. The hand-eye coordination, is just one of the little things that helps you in hockey.”
— John Tavares, two-time World Junior Hockey Champion
Re-use existing hockey equipment:
Existing hockey players can play lacrosse with minimum additional expenditure on equipment. In addition to boots/shoes to run on grass or astroturf surfaces, all you’ll need is a lacrosse stick – which MK Lacrosse can provide from our growing kit bag.
You can play lacrosse wearing your hockey helmet, gloves and arm pads. Most hockey shoulder or torso pads can also be worn for extra protection. The minimum protective equipment by the laws of lacrosse are a full-face helmet and gloves.