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In this episode, Cassidy interviews David Gucciardi, a prospect of the Washington Capitals. He discusses the work he has done on his mindset through his junior and college hockey career thus far. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect in this engaging episode:

  • Developing His Emotional Regulation: David discusses his transition from a player where his emotions would get the best of him to someone who has learned to stay even keel.
  • Staying Connected to the Love of the Game: David shares the story of how he developed his powerful alter ego, “ODR Gucc” to stay connected to his love for hockey during high-pressure moments.
  • Balancing Offensive Creativity and Defensive Reliability: Learn how David balances his game, focusing on aggressive defensive play while maintaining his creative offensive style.
  • Capability Over Performance: Discover the importance of focusing on capability over short-term performance as a way to maintain confidence and positive momentum.
  • Encouraging Early Mindset Work: David encourages young athletes to start working on their mental game early and embrace it as a unique way to gain an advantage in their sport.

David Gucciardi’s insights offer valuable lessons for athletes, coaches, and parents who are keen on understanding and improving the mental aspect of sports.

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Enjoy this episode as we continue to explore the world “Beyond the X’s and O’s.”

The Beyond the X’s & O’s Podcast is hosted by Dr. Cassidy Preston, a Mental Performance Coach & founder of CEP Mindset, & Chris De Piero, a High-Performance Coach that has spent the past 30+ years in the game of hockey within the NHL, Hockey Canada, OHL, and European pro hockey. Cassidy is one of Chris’ former players where they won OPJHL Championship together in 2006. This podcast was born from their shared passion for helping coaches and leaders to go Beyond the X’s & O’s and develop the ‘human’ skills of leadership. Outside of the podcast they work together at CEP Mindset where they coach elite athletes, coaches, teams, and high-performing executives to achieve Consistent Elite Performance.