Superstitions, rituals, and routines are nothing new to the world of hockey or any other professional or amateur sport.
During the Detroit Red Wings Development Camp, I caught up with a few prospects as asked them if they had any superstitions.
“No, I change things up all the time in games. I don’t like to be too superstitious because I don’t want it to affect me. I am very confident in my abilities as a player, so I just kinda go out there, prepare for the game, warm up, do everything just normal, and go out there and pay hockey.”
Every now and again after practice, Athanasiou does jump in net and play “goalie”, but it is more of a way to relieve pressure for himself and teammates than a superstition.
“I had a little ritual when I was young, but now I don’t have it. I try to go on the ice at the end of our team, so it is maybe some little ritual.”
“No, not really, not here. Usually I do a routine during the season, you know with the NDTP I have a pretty good routine, but now going to Michigan I might have to change it up a little bit. So just try to get into a routine as much as possible.”
“When I am at home playing with my own team I have a few routines, but here we are warming up together as a team, so it is getting lesser, but I have a few. I always put the left pads on first, so left skate, left elbow [pads], everything the left, left glove, that is the main thing.”
The Detroit Red Wings have a pretty tame prospect pool and that can be a good thing because as Athanasiou stated having a superstition can affect the way a player plays; sometimes it can be for the better, but other times for the worse.
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