Pitcher’s commitment gets him OHL draft

By Maurice Tanel

Eric Pitcher was drafted this past weekend to the Brampton Battalion of the OHL. He was the 17th pick in the 12 round.

The road wasn’t easy. Losses, blow outs, long losing streaks, questioning how the impact of all this would affect his draft year…you name the adversity, this kid saw it.

What Eric Pitcher was able to do was work hard to stay focused on the process and not the results. Was it easy…not a chance. But what he realized early in the season, after a rough start, was that all he could control was how he could be prepared for his games, and once he found that grove, he stood out.

By staying within his Goals & Performance Program and only trying to control his weekly short term ‘performance’ goals, Eric was able to stay in the present and control what he could control.

People that know me, know that statistics have to tell me more than the obvious. Here are some stats and what they mean to me…

– Eric’s team finished in 12th (last) place in the GTHL.
– Eric’s team managed to register only 4 wins during regular season play.
– No other goalie, whose team that finished in the bottom 5 of the GTHL Minor Midget division, was successful in getting drafted.

What this tells me is that Eric was able to understand that all he could control was his personal development and preparation for the next game. This allowed him to show the scouts that he had the skills to play the position.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of Eric’s season and the achievement of the ‘Milestone’ goal towards his hockey destination. The beautiful part is that the process of creating the roadmap to Eric’s next milestone starts again…we are looking forward to being a small part of helping Eric with the challenges of his journey.

Don’t focus on what performance results will get you noticed…stay focused on the execution process that will help reach your desired performance results.

Maurice (MOE) Tanel is the Program Director and Goals & Performance Coach of TEAM Shutout Goalie School. For further information on this or any other questions you may have please feel free to contact him by email at [email protected]