It’s a team game, but basically
it’s a lot of individuals and that’s the thing – you have to be an individual even when you play in the national team. We’re dividing the guys in the three categories. So goalies, defenders and offenders, of course. And we’re tracking their heart rate when
they are coming on the bench. So for instance the defenders they sit roughly
two minutes before going on to the ice so we track how low their heart rate goes and
for the offense it’s roughly three minutes. Of course there’s different things that
happen in the game, but that’s the general rule. And the goalie, he’s a special guy. He’s on the ice all the time and when there’s
like a penalty kill his heart rate is up two minutes or even five minutes. I like to follow my heart rate all the time during the warm ups and I wear my meter on the ice every time. I like to follow how I, how the practice has
been, how tough the training is, how I recover and it’s a big thing for me to see exactly
hard facts about the training and it’s a great tool for me. There’s so many guys who do everything by
the book and learn and I’m learning every day from the guys. Like now this is a great opportunity for me
to be with the national team getting guys from the NHL, different leagues, different backgrounds. Some of the guys know so much about nutrition,
training, sleeping and recovering. That’s why I’m always discussing with
boys and learning myself. Probably the biggest thing for me starts from
the warm up is that I don’t go too hard. Especially before the games I tend to do is
that I might go a little bit too hard so it’s already from there it’s a big thing for
me to see that I stay low enough in the heart rate. And then when I need to push it up then I push
it up a little bit and that’s enough before the game. From the ice practice I, then I get like the
average heart rates, the zones where I’ve been and that I can use to schedule my next
day and see if I have to do more or do less or do more of recovery work. Following my workouts it gives me a lot of
mental security and the knowledge that I’ve done things well. I don’t just go and work out, I always have
a goal and I try to get better so that’s one big part of my practice that I know where
my heart rate is and how things develop. You have to put a lot of effort and take care
of yourself. Sleeping and eating habits and working out
habits. It’s a 24 hour thing, so you have to make
sure, you know, what you do.

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