FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey senior Jason Cotton completed his development camp with the National Hockey League (NHL) team New York Islanders on June 29 and represented SHU as the lone Pioneer at the camp.
While at the camp, Cotton was able to work on key aspects of his game and took away skills that he can use into the future of his career and into this upcoming season. "My biggest takeaway from development camp has been trying to add more of a "get-to-the net" and "shoot-first" mentality to my game." Cotton on his biggest takeaway from the camp.
Cotton was also able to work on areas that needed improvement from one specifically he worked on was his training, preparation and nutrition. "The one area that I have improved on since development camp has been my structure within training, preparation, and nutrition. When listening to the Islanders sports performance coaches talk, the biggest point of emphasis within all of their talking points was having structure to your life."
Cotton added "developing a routine and having specific times when to stretch, when to lift, when to eat, when to train, etc. it helps you create good habits every day which then turns into a lifestyle. They referred to us as the "one-percenters" and how only the "half-percenters" make it. The half percenters are the ones who do these little details every day, and the ones who don't come up short. I think implementing this strict structure within my everyday life has helped me immensely this summer. "
He believes through all the hard work a preparation that the development camp has given him, that it will propel him into the upcoming season and into his potentially professional career as well. "I believe this prepares me in the best way possible for next year and further down the line in my pro career because having this type of structure equips me to feel my best on the ice and reaching my full potential."
Cotton concluded last season with nine goals, 14 assists for 23 points which was second best on team. He was fourth in Atlantic Hockey in short-handed goals and registered four multi-point games throughout the season. He was also named the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team for the second straight year.