Mike Pickles, D.FHP
Off-ice Hockey Training Specialist
Mike is the Founder of drylandhockeytraining.com and Creator of Explosive Hockey Speed. He's a top Strength Coach in the South Surrey area of British Columbia and has rapidly established himself as a leader in the community for specializing in off-ice hockey development. Mike prepares high level players in the off-season at the Major Midget and Junior level, getting them ready for the CHL and NCAA. Mike is also a presenter and speaker on High Performance Hockey and in his spare time helps with the WHL Combine testing for the Okanagan Hockey Group.
Every hockey parent wants their son or daughter to be successful on the ice and there are so many factors involved that will determine how their future will play out.
Accidents happen on the ice all the time that lead to players getting injured, and it comes with demand of the sport where high impacts take a toll on a player’s body, even at the minor level.
After a long season, it’s important for players to take some time off and let their body rest. During this down time, players should consider a regeneration phase by getting the necessary body care.
School is finally out, kids are excited and families are on their way to enjoying summer. Whether you’re up at the lake, cabin, or just chilling in the back yard, I know you’re wondering what your young hockey player can do to stay in shape.
There’s a reason why you hear everyone talking about how important core strength is. I have parents comment to me all the time that their player “needs core strength.”
You’re either still in the playoff race or you’re one and done. Regardless, if you don’t know how to recover from the rigorous energy spent, you’ll quickly find yourself exhausted when you least expect it
The hardest part of my job is educating parents and coaches by having them understand the facts and myths about off-ice development. Most of all understanding that it’s a long-term process whereby there’s no quick fix or secret training method to develop speed overnight.
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