Saskatoon Blades coach bans players' cellphones from rink

The Saskatoon Blades are going without cellphones at the rink.
The Saskatoon Blades are going without cellphones at the rink.

The Saskatoon Blades head coach Dean Brockman wants the undivided attention of his players – so much so, that he’s implemented a ban on using cellphones at the rink.

“When there’s distraction and you’re not mentally focused towards one thing, we just thought it was a course of action that we’d try for a short-term period and see if it helped our play or helped our focus on the ice and in the dressing room,” Brockman told the CBC.

Players had been putting their phones in a bag some 90 minutes before game time, but now they’re handing over their phones to the coaches before practices and games.

From CBC:

[Brockman] said the players had responded well to the change, although there was some disappointment.

“At first there you could see that maybe some of the faces were a little bit longer,” said Brockman. “But we haven’t had any issues with it or anybody argue that it’s not a good thing.”

The Blades are currently in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 10-16-1 record.

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