Hockey and relaxation don’t really go hand in hand. From the high-speed action, bone-crushing hits, the loud ping of the puck hitting the goal post, it’s not a conducive environment to calm down and unwind. However, that’s not going to stop the NHL’s biggest stars from trying.
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Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is getting set to play in his 1,000th NHL game on Tuesday night and understandably had a heightened sense of excitement the night beforehand. “Hey, #HockeyTwitter… anybody else having a little trouble falling asleep before tomorrow’s #Blackhawks game?” He tweeted out late Monday evening.
In an effort to help calm his nerves the night before a new career milestone, Kane decided to take part in the time-tested tradition of guided meditation.
The hour long video sees Kane lead a guided meditation as he counts from 1 to 1,000 all while soothing music plays in the background. Kane thanks fans for their support throughout his career at the opening of the video before proceeding to say “the moon is out. It’s glow time” as he begins to count. If you make it all the way to number 863, you get to hear Kane sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” something he likes to do for his son when he has trouble sleeping.
The video serves as a reminder that taking time out to focus on yourself and your mental health is vitally important. If you just need a couple minutes to relax and focus on your breathing, this video will go a long way towards helping that. That rings true especially if you’re a Blackhawks fan.
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