The Jack Skille Show

The Jack Skille Show

By HMMR Media LLC
Professional hockey player Jack Skille explores the process behind sport. What does it take to be the best? Together with co-host Martin Bingisser, they look to answer that question by mining their own experiences and talking to top players, coaches, and trainers. Along the way they draw a picture of the process from all angles.

Season 1 focuses on development and what differentiates those that make it to the top from those that don't.
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5. Jack Johnson: Find your path
On Episode 5, Jack and Martin are joined by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson. He shares his own developmental path, what led him down it, and what lessons he learned at each step including play as 5-year-old in Michigan, attending Shattuck-St. Mary's, joining the National Team Development Program, University of Michigan, and finally the NHL. The Jack Skille Show is produced by HMMR Media, a leader in helping athletes and coaches learn how to get better. Become a member to get access to a wealth of articles, videos, podcasts and more training resources. The show focuses on exploring the process behind sport with professional hockey player Jack Skille and key people he has met throughout his career. Season 1 focuses on development and what is the difference maker from those that make it to the top, and those that don’t. Highlights from this episode: 0:00 - Starting hockey as a kid in Michigan. 7:00 - The driving force to work hard as a youth player. 10:00 - Playing other sports and stories from Shattuck: "Sid Crosby and Jack Johnson are two of the best players in the world and they were playing baseball in the offseason." 16:00 - Deciding to go to Shattuck and impressions from the experience: "In 8th grade I could play pickup with an 18-year-old Zach Parise and mimic the things he was doing. I was just out there practicing but I didn't realize it, I was just having fun. That was a crucial part of the development at Shaddock." 25:30 - Deciding to go to the National Team Development Program and experiences there. 37:00 - Gaining confidence through training and playing internationally: "Training is not about turning you into Ray Lewis, it is about instilling confidence and preparation. It is no different than how confident you are going into an exam if you have studied for it. You go into it knowing you are ready." 43:45 - Deciding to play at the University of Michigan. 47:00 - Draft experience: "All being drafted means if you have an opportunity later on to possibly play pro. That's all it means. There are no guarantees." 50:00 - 2010 Olympic experience. 55:00 - First NHL game. 59:30 - What does it mean to be a pro? "Being a pro is about professionalism. The key to being a pro is consistency. There are some days when you aren't feeling it, but you still keep working." 1:06:45 - Advice for young athletes that wants to be a professional: "(1) Being a well rounded athlete always gives you an advantage. (2) You have to love it. If you don't love it you won't make the sacrifices necessary. (3) Know it's going to be hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. (4) There is no right or wrong path to path. There is just your path or our path."
1:09:47
May 29, 2020
4. Trust the process
On Episode 4, Jack Skille and Martin Bingisser take time to highlight and underscore some of the lessons learned from our first episode, and share some stories from our own experiences around the theme of trust: trusting the process, trusting coaches, finding your own path, and how coaches can gain the trust of players. The Jack Skille Show is produced by HMMR Media, a leader in helping athletes and coaches learn how to get better. Become a member to get access to a wealth of articles, videos, podcasts and more training resources. The show focuses on exploring the process behind sport with professional hockey player Jack Skille and key people he has met throughout his career. Season 1 focuses on development and what differentiates those that make it to the top from those that don't. Highlights from this episode: 0:00 - The role of parents in developing athletes: "The most influential person in a young athlete's life are their parents, both positive or negative." 4:30 - Early specialization vs. playing year round: "Listen to the experts, trust the coaches. They all say the same thing: you also need to get away from your sport and become a well-rounded athlete." 7:45 - Every path is different and knowing when it is right to go all in. 10:30 - What's the rush and the fear of missing out. 15:30 - Overcoming inevitable setbacks and examples: "There will be setbacks. You can either embrace them and find a way to get better through them, or fall down the pissy well. Don't fall down that pissy wall, it has slippery walls and is hard to climb out." 19:00 - Confidence, consistency and real mental toughness. 22:45 - When it is right and wrong to be motivated by the next level. 26:00 - Tips for coaches: getting trust and respect of players.
33:14
May 22, 2020
3. Angelo Ricci: Beyond the skills
On Episode 3, Jack and Martin are joined by Angelo Ricci, skills coach for the Philadelphia Flyers and executive director of the Colorado Thunderbirds AAA hockey club. From his experience working with both developmental and professional players, he breaks down what environment can help young athletes reach their potential, what scout are looking for, and what are the difference makers among pro athletes. The Jack Skille Show is produced by HMMR Media, a leader in helping athletes and coaches learn how to get better. Become a member to get access to a wealth of articles, videos, podcasts and more training resources. The show focuses on exploring the process behind sport with professional hockey player Jack Skille and key people he has met throughout his career. Season 1 focuses on development and what differentiates those that make it to the top from those that don't. Highlights from this episode: 0:00 - Introducing Angelo. and his own experience playing youth hockey. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram. 6:30 - Finding the right environment for development and transitioning from youth to college and professional hockey: "Sometimes you are in hurry to get nowhere. Have patient with the process. There is no fast track." 12:00 - The TPH Academy development model. 15:30 - How to evaluate what youth programs are selling. 21:00 - What scouts are looking for. "No matter what, if you are good enough you will be discovered . . . People are in such a hurry to get to juniors, but if you get there too young you'll just sit on the bench rather than developing your game." 24:30 - Working with NHL veterans on skill development. 30:00 - Valuing being a kid vs. chasing the dream: "If you send your kid away at age 13, they're never going to get those years back." 35:30 - The various routes to success. 39:30 - Perseverance and adapting your game: "It was painful to be one of the best players on every team I was on, being a highly touted draft pick, and then being told in the pros I needed to develop now." 42:45 - Over competition among youth athletes: "In the US athletes tend to over compete and under train." 45:00 - What are scouts looking for in young players? "Your skillset, your compete, and having a brain. You have to have energy and passion to want to win battles. If you get the puck taken from you, you fight to take it back. But you have to have smarts too. If you overwork you are not working efficiently, that makes you more tired and more susceptible to make a mistake." 50:30 - Scouting for character. 54:30 - Body language: "One scout told me he would watch what a player does when he sits down on the bench after making a mistake. That'll tell you what type of teammate he is." 58:30 - Advice to young youth players in a negative development environment.
1:08:06
May 15, 2020
2. Jonathan Toews: Leading by example
On Episode 2, Jack and Martin are joined by Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. He looks back at his own development as a player, what it takes to be a professional, and what makes a good leader. The Jack Skille Show is produced by HMMR Media, a leader in helping athletes and coaches learn how to get better. Become a member to get access to a wealth of articles, videos, podcasts and more training resources. The show focuses on exploring the process behind sport with professional hockey player Jack Skille and key people he has met throughout his career. Season 1 focuses on development and what differentiates those that make it to the top from those that don't. Highlights from this episode: 0:00 - Starting out in hockey and falling in love with the game. 2:30 - Family background and influences. 4:00 - Realizing you are good: "You always know you are somewhere at the top and you have a good chance. But even when you get drafted you never feel like there is any guarantees until you pull that sweater on and prove yourself . . . There is always another level. It can be a motivation tool as long as you have that awareness. You might be good now, but there is a point when that player will run into guys just as big and fast and skilled and they won't know how to deal with that challenge." 9:45 - Adapting his own game and making the conscious choice to get better. 14:00 - Playing smarter: "Don't attach yourself to the wins and losses and roller coaster. Attach yourself to the process. There are different teaching moments after a win or loss. Look at yourself in the mirror and acknowledge your weaknesses." 18:30 - Leaving home as a teenager and a typical high school day for Jonathan Toews. 25:00 - Choosing college vs. junior hockey. 29:00 - Mindset entering the NHL draft: "There are a lot of guys that go high in the draft and go on cruise control after that. It doesn't mean anything. It only gets more competitive after that." 36:00 - Advice for young athletes at tryouts. 39:30 - Reliving the first NHL shift. 43:00 - Becoming captain at age 20. 45:45 - Being a professional and being a leader: "The number one leadership quality is that if you want to win and want your teammates to do something to help you win, you have to be willing to do it yourself . . . Everyone has to have some sort of selfishness as a player, but you also have to be willing to sacrifice something of your goals for team success." 50:30 - What leadership isn't: "Most guys will talk and talk and talk and never shut up when it comes to leading. That is not what leadership is. Just do the work and let your actions speak louder. Then when you need to speak, the boys will tune in. They'll tune you out if you just keep talking." 52:30 - Winning the first Stanley Cup. 58:00 - Olympic experiences. 1:00:30 - Dealing with ice time issues: "At the end of the day, let your play do the talking. If you are not happy with the current scenario, keep working on your game and keep getting better. If you are too good you can't be denied at a certain point." 1:02:00 - Advice to young players: "Don't be afraid of failure. Welcome that in. Seek it out. Find ways to push yourself. If you are screwing up and making mistakes you are pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. That is what hockey is all about."
1:04:11
May 8, 2020
1. Starting with Why
On the first episode, Jack Skille and Martin Bingisser discuss the goal of the new show, introduce themselves, and a look at one major driving factors in success: passion. The Jack Skille Show is produced by HMMR Media, a leader in helping athletes and coaches learn how to get better. Become a member to get access to a wealth of articles, videos, podcasts and more training resources. The show focuses on exploring the process behind sport with professional hockey player Jack Skille and key people he has met throughout his career. Season 1 focuses on development and what differentiates those that make it to the top from those that don't. Highlights from this episode: 0:00 – Introducing the podcast and sneak peak. 3:00 – About Jack and Martin. 7:00 – So you want to be a professional athlete? The first question is why. A look at how we started in sports and found our why. 10:45 – Intrinsic motivation and going all in. 11:30 – Learning from the journey and carrying over sporting passion to other pursuits. 17:00 - What should people be looking in terms of opportunities? It's not about ice time, it's about development. 23:00 - Passion is not about screaming: if a youth hockey coach is screaming, they are announcing that they have no idea what they are talking about. 25:00 - The process and being patient.
28:34
May 1, 2020
Coming May 1: The Jack Skille Show
Professional hockey player Jack Skille wants to explore the process behind sport. What does it take to be the best? Together with co-host Martin Bingisser, they aim to draw from their own experiences and talk to top players, coaches, trainers, and more to try and draw a picture of the process from all angles. Season 1 focuses on development and what differentiates those that make it to the top from those that don't. The Jack Skille Show is produced by HMMR Media, a leader in helping athletes and coaches learn how to get better. Become a member to get access to a wealth of articles, videos, podcasts and more training resources.
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April 24, 2020