Head games: Mental performance tips from a Stanley Cup champion

Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer, who won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, talks about the mental side of high performance with LSY! sports editor Hailey Rose Gattuso. (Photo by Natalie Brophy)

Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer, who won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, talks about the mental side of high performance with LSY! sports editor Hailey Rose Gattuso.
(Photo by Natalie Brophy)

Troy Brouwer knows how to perform like a champion.

The 27-year-old Washington Capitals forward won hockey’s prime prize, the Stanley Cup, with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He knows how to win in the spotlight, and how to succeed under high pressure.

Earlier today, two of our most experienced Live! Starring … You! teen reporters, Natalie Brophy and Hailey Rose Gattuso from Mount St. Mary Academy, caught up with Troy before a game.

Natalie’s interview, which focused on the unseen aspects of playing pro hockey, will be coming soon.

Hailey Rose, meanwhile, is working on an ongoing story about sport psychology and the mental side of success. Her detailed report will come later, but for now, I want to share with you her interview with Troy, who suggests “send yourself positive messages” when things are going tough.

“If you continue to send yourself positive messages,” he says, “things work themselves out.”

Click below to hear more about that and other high-performance advice from Troy.

Tim O’Shei, LSY founder

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