Tuesday, 21 April 2015

University of North Dakota hockey player turns game around with meditation.

Nick Mattson
From Grand Forks Herald 
by Brad Elliott Schlossman

"It was mid-December and senior Nick Mattson had been a healthy scratch in exactly half of UND’s games. He had been in the stands for the last four.

“At that point,” he said, “I didn’t think there was much of a future left in the season for me.”

Mattson went back in the lineup that night, scored a goal, tallied an assist and was a key part in UND’s 3-1 win at the University of Denver.

Mattson hasn’t missed a game since.

The defenseman has turned into UND’s best scoring threat. He has 18 points in 19 games since that time, leading the team in scoring. Nobody else has more than 13.

Why the big turnaround?

Mattson said one key was doing mindful meditation.

“There’s a lady that works with the school,” Mattson said. “A couple of us started working with her. It’s kind of what Phil Jackson used to do with his old basketball teams...."   more

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