Many NHL level hockey players recommend playing lacrosse in the summer to improve hockey skills.
Hockey and lacrosse are similar sports. Hockey players benefit from lacrosse because:
"All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and every one of them learned something from the game to carry over to the other – things athletes can only learn by mixing up games they play when they are young.”
“It’s lacrosse that helped teach me to spin off checks, take shots and protect the puck under pressure. My stick skills, the way to read the play quickly comes from lacrosse. The hand-eye coordination is just one of the little things that helps you in hockey.”