@rockario this sort of readiness is important in life, to be able to assist your comrades, but also to be able to capitalize on momentary advantages when they come your way
of course, that sort of constant awareness, readiness, and action is extremely draining
which is why the average pro player's shift is about 48 seconds. then the next line hops the boards and takes over, so they can rest a minute
@hexwren I always wondered, as someone who never played hockey seriously (or at all after middleschool), how well you can receive a casual pass if you just hold your stick firmly and keep it on the ice.
Because that adds a dimension to it, where you don't *have* to be hypervigilant but at least keep your stick on the ice and you will be able to respond with little prep.
as opposed to, like, saying in baseball "keep your glove on"
@rockario pucks can bounce off the blade of the stick, you need to actively control the puck as it comes to you