“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team” -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In sports, the team that finishes on top is not always determined by the most talent but by the team that plays like a team.
With the speed of today’s game and forwards tracking back (backchecking) so hard on the puck, having a trailer on a 3-on-1 or a 3-on-2 situation doesn’t work anymore.
The latest hockey trend since the “flow” is rolling. Rolling is normally done with foam rollers, but also with balls of different size and hardness. Rolling has its origins in physio and massage therapy and is a self-myofascial release (MSR) technique, meaning you are giving yourself a massage. Because it’s so easy to do, it has made its way to our gyms, our homes and now our rinks.
I’m working with more and more young hockey players, up to the junior level, and our conversations on training always cross over to nutrition, supplements and game day preparation.
Nothing says, “Who’s that goalie?” like the full side splits. It’s definitely a signature move and gets the attention of opposing players, parents and scouts. Flexibility is the obvious key to performing this move—but how do you develop that flexibility without injuring yourself
When I was in the Air Force (Yup!), our pilots starting making extensive use of flight simulators to accelerate their learning curve. This allowed more pilots to train at the same time, regardless of the limited number of trainers and flight hours available
Yoga for hockey is a relatively new thing. Fifteen years ago, very few players or NHL teams included yoga in their conditioning programs. Today, yoga is a key component of many successful hockey programs. But there are many varieties of yoga practices and not all of them are suitable or beneficial for hockey.
Proper hydration is vital to peak physical performance in all sports, and hockey is no different. Understanding a little of the science behind dehydration can go a long way to preventing it.
When we think of a competitive athlete, we think of people like Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins, Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens and Michael Jordan, former Chicago Bull. These players play the game with a passionate heart that will let nothing get in their way.
The main goal of the defenceman is to stop goals first, which was discussed in a previous blog. Here, we will be looking at 7 rules for defencemen playing on offence.
Many players and coaches are interested in improving their competitive edge and small area games are perfect to develop the battling spirit in hockey players. In these games, players are forced to think and move quickly, and they must do so in a confined space.
Passing is one of the most important fundamental skills for players of all levels. The ability to pass and receive the puck is the difference between a good player and an elite player.
With spring hockey tournaments in full force and our Western Hockey League playoffs happening right now, there are and will be many big games where the results will be on the line.
Playing defence in hockey is a challenging position to play. Like a goaltender, it takes many years of repetitive training to master the specific skills required to be an effective defenceman. Here are some helpful defensive tips that will help you think like a top defenceman.
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