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What They Were Thinking

Psyching up in the locker room

Jen Schoullis meditates before a game against Toronto at the Veterans Memorial Rink in Somerville.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Jen Schoullis meditates before a game against Toronto at the Veterans Memorial Rink in Somerville.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Jen Schoullis of the Boston Blades (Canadian Women’s Hockey League), meditating before a game against Toronto at Veterans Memorial Rink, Somerville, Feb. 23, 2013

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Said Schoullis: “The moment the photo was taken was before my first game back in 11 months from a concussion. I was just telling myself to stay calm, take everything in stride. It was pretty tough getting back in the groove, not knowing how I was going to play. I was telling myself to keep it simple, take it slow, and enjoy the moment.

“The empty rink is a place to calm down and relax while nobody is there. That’s the last thing I do to prepare before I get dressed for warmups. I listen to Breaking Benjamin and Eminem. It’s a contradiction. It contradicts the calmness of the moment, a heavy rock band. I like my body to be calm and my mind to be calm but then in the back of my head, I like this pump-up music to get me going.

“I listen to that one Eminem song before every game. It’s called ‘Till I Collapse.’ ”

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