The Scenario: Steve Margeson has been playing
pro hockey for 6 seasons. He is currently under contract
with the Youngstown SteelHounds in Youngstown, Ohio, in
the Central Hockey League. Steve has always displayed a
great work ethic, but has never played to his full potential.
The Challenge: Steve and I instruct at the same
summer hockey program and for the past 4 or 5 years I have
been suggesting to Steve that he take a serious look at
his mental outlook on hockey. I recommended that he put
some time and effort into becoming more “purposeful”
in his game. In the summer of 2006, Steve took on the challenge
and took ownership of his own development and performance.
A Creative Solution: Steve hired me as
his sport psychology consultant and we worked closely beginning
in August through the 2006-07 season. Our common goal was
to improve Steve's performance. My main objective was to
teach Steve how to think on and off the ice to accelerate
his development, in essence learning how to become a purposeful
hockey player. The program worked. Steve learned how to
focus his energy to improve faster and better. His renewed
purpose, combined with simple and effective techniques and
tools, led to enhanced self-confidence and improvement in
all aspects of his game. But more importantly, Steve gained
the certainty that he DESERVES to play at a higher level.
He has finally caught up to his talent.
The Outcome: In 2006-07, Steve performed
a break-through season that placed him on the map as one
of the top defensemen in the Central Hockey League (CHL).
At the end of last season, he was rewarded with his first
American Hockey League (AHL) call-up dressing in two games.
Testimonial: See the following article,
published on www.sportzdomain.com:
Re-Sign Defensemen, Stephen Margeson
June 28, 2007- YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Youngstown SteelHounds
Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Kevin Kaminski
announced today that the team has re-signed defenseman Stephen
Margeson for the 2007-08 season. Terms of the deal were
Margeson, 25, is coming off a break-through season during
the 2006-07 campaign that placed him on the map as one of
the top defensemen in the Central Hockey League (CHL). The
Banff, Alberta native attended Hounds training camp in October
looking to solidify a spot as one of the final defensemen
on the roster but emerged as one of the best defenders,
skaters and offensive threats the team had throughout the
"It was easy to see that Stephen (Margeson) had unbelievable
talent form the first time I saw him on the ice," said Kaminski.
"I couldn't believe he had not had better offensive numbers
with as much speed and hockey sense that he had but he certainly
came through for us and I could see his confidence grow
during the entire season. It came down to him believing
in what he was capable of and once he made his mind up that
he was going to be the best, he never looked back."
The 6-3, 210-pound defenseman played in every game last
season (64 games) and finished with 17 goals, 22 assists
and 39 points. He also added 125 penalty minutes and was
a +21 plus/minus rating. In six playoff games he posted
three goals and two assists. His 17 goals ranked third among
CHL defensemen and his +21 was fifth. Margeson was recognized
by his teammates at the end of the season by earning the
SteelHounds Most Improved Player award as well as being
named the team's "Unsung Hero."
During his previous time in the CHL, Margeson had played
24 games with the New Mexico Scorpions (2002-03) and 133
games with the Memphis RiverKings. His previous 157 games
had seen him total just six goals and 27 assists.
At the end of last season, Margeson was rewarded with his
first American Hockey League (AHL) call-up dressing in two
games with the Syracuse Crunch, the top AHL affiliate of
the Columbus Blue Jackets.
version of Steve Margeson Case Study