Rest and sleep are markedly different, but both very important to a young athlete. Rest can range from video games, watching TV, and reading. Studying for an exam is not relaxing, while walking your dog may be.
Rest is a good way to avoid burnout. Playing other sports recreationally, will help keep you in shape and be fun and relaxing, without the pressure a hockey game brings with it.
You need sleep to heal, and to allow your body to repair itself, and carry out routine maintenance. The younger you are, the more sleep you need. Most teenagers need about 9 hours of sleep per night. Studies have also shown that the sleep you get before midnight is more critical than the sleep you get in the early morning hours. It is also thought that sleep two nights before a game is more critical than the sleep you get the night before a game. The night before a game is often stressful, and you may spend more time than you realize awake and thinking about the next day’s game.
Common sense and listening to what your body is telling you should be your guidelines to any pre-game routine. Plan well, stick to your plan, and good luck!