cuporbust Posted September 11, 2019 Share Posted September 11, 2019 (edited) Hey guys . Found a few little things I thought u might enjoy. (Province article) Former Canucks GM at biotech technology to enhance players ability to perform better at high speeds . I really found this interesting. One of the very few things I did love about Gillis was his ability to think outside the box . Who knows where this might lead. It has been five years since Mike Gillis last worked full time in hockey. Since being dismissed as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks in 2014, Gillis has travelled around the world to learn how other sports go about their day-to-day business. During the last year or so, Gillis’s name has been linked to several NHL teams and jobs. We recently caught up with him to discuss that, and what he’s learned in his global travels: Q: What have you seen from outside the hockey world that you think translates best to thinking about hockey? A: One of the places I spent some time at is the Biotech Campus in Geneva. It’s sort of a philanthropic incubator for helping people who have various disabilities or ailments. One of the things they really focused on was neuroscience and cognitive awareness and nervous systems, and how the interplay could be advanced with decision-making, cognitive awareness, all of those things blended together. They were doing experiments with prosthetics and wheelchairs that were being controlled, or hardwired, into people’s nervous systems. It was really interesting to see. To advance the program they had to really understand as much as they could about how you could train your brain to actually function differently. One of the things I spent a lot of time on was cognitive awareness, how you make decisions quicker, how you can train people to think differently. They were working on a wheelchair that was controlled through thought, as opposed to mechanics, prosthetics that were able to feel the cold, that you were able to feel if it was dark. And you’d have a prosthetic where you picked up a glass of water and you could tell that that was water. They were doing a lot of really interesting things that have a direct correlation to performance. Mike Gillis talks about draft failings, Stanley Cup Final in candid radio interview Patrick Johnston: Petrus Palmu still has Canucks dreams Ben Kuzma: Canucks coach Green knows players' buy-in more important than ever One of the things I was thinking about was how you can translate the data they were collecting and the techniques they were beginning to understand on a sports field, into better training to make decisions quicker, using every tool from enhanced vision and hearing, to create an environment where you got much better performance? That was a place which left a distinct impact on me, where you might be able to go with some of the things they were learning about the human brain and how it could be developed, and what techniques were available to develop those specific areas and begin to apply them to elite level athletes, or at least be able to create a baseline. You’d certainly have the relevant data to suggest where you might make improvements, why the best players think the way they do and play the way they do and then explore putting specific training from neuroscience applications in place. Nils Hoglander the Canucks superfan? Thought nils had some very flattering things to say about being drafted by our team. Made me an even bigger fan than I already am. Sportnet: Now that you have been drafted , what do hope on improving this year? Nils Hoglander: Ya if coarse I plan on improving on everything, but I was just drafted by Vancouver, the best team in the Nhl, so I'm just going to play (and try and improve on everything). Sportnet: Vancouver the best team in hockey? What makes you say that? Were you a fan of Vancouver growing up or are you just saying that because you are part of the Canucks organization now? Nils Hoglander: Yes of coarse I watched the Canucks every year. Sportsnet: Was the reason you watched the Canucks as much as you did because the Sedin twins came from Sweden? Nils: Yesnif coarse , and now they have another swedish player on the team (Pettersson). Paraphrased of coarse lol I thought that was kinda cool Pettersson picked by many as first overall in a 2017 redraft Still in shock we actually won the lottery at 5th overall. Who would have thought Pettersson would outscore , and outplay both forwards picked above him that were supposed to be in the "next tier" . Not huge news here , but I still loved actually seeing more then one site saying this (for my own satisfaction ). Lol Hope everyone had a great summer. Edited September 11, 2019 by cuporbust Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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