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Tryouts: Are You Ready?

Tryouts: Are You Ready?

For those of you, who have followed my principles, hopefully you’ve been training throughout most of the off-season. At this point, you should be at a point of tapering, where you’re likely preparing for the season with more on-ice work. If not, you may have put yourself at a deficit. However, there’s still hope! Many […]

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Creating a Winning Athlete

Creating a Winning Athlete

Athletic prowess is defined by several factors. Some you’re born with. Others are achieved through hard work and tenacity. There’s no perfect answer to becoming a winning hockey athlete. But it’s clear if you don’t have these attributes, you’re putting yourself at a great disadvantage. Passion-Hustle-Discipline-Leadership-Vision Passion is something that can’t be taught. It’s a […]

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Golf is a Great Transition Sport for Hockey Players

Golf is a Great Transition Sport for Hockey Players

For those of you that follow my articles (thank you very much by the way), you know that I often write about transition, be it in the gym, on the ice and in game situations. For those that are fairly new, hopefully I can provide you with a new outlook on the game of golf. […]

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Things to Do During Off-Season Hockey Training

Things to Do During Off-Season Hockey Training

The off-season provides an opportunity for hockey players to enhance and develop their skills and fitness. Nevertheless, it is necessary for dedicated players and athletes to approach off-season training with a well structured plan in order to maximize gains. Know Your Areas of Improvement Athletes should know the areas where they want to improve. This is […]

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Michael McNicholas

Deceleration Training: Taking a Page from Hockey Players?

Deceleration training is all the buzz. So much so, that the NSCA has been talking about it for years. The basic premise is that we, strength coaches, have been and continue to focus on concentric actions of muscle groups. These are the actions that result in say, your bicep contracting, flexing or otherwise reacting to […]

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Progressive Off-Season Training

Progressive Off-Season Training

If you’re reading this, then your season is probably over. Sorry about that. You put a lot of blood, sweat, and maybe even a few tears into the season. Unfortunately, things don’t always seem to go the way you may have planned. Just don’t use it as an excuse to delay the inevitable. If you […]

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Are You Prepared for the Playoffs?

Are You Prepared for the Playoffs?

It’s playoff time. How do you prepare to have a successful playoff run? How can you maximize energy without sacrifice? How long should you rest? For many hockey players, the long road to the “real” season is just beginning. In short, all the tension the playoffs can build is here, as teams prepare at all […]

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Stay Strong All Hockey Season Long

Stay Strong All Hockey Season Long

As coaches, its our goal to develop as much strength, conditioning, and agility during the off-season. Though, it is difficult while in-season to build strength due to the intensity and duration of practices and games. So, how can players manage to maintain the strength that they have built during the off-season? In the off-season, you […]

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Off-Ice Fitness Testing Goals for Female Hockey Players

Off-Ice Fitness Testing Goals for Female Hockey Players

Female athletes have a different physiological profile than their male counterparts. As a result, female athletes have their own testing percentile scores in the HockeyOT.com training system. On some of the fitness tests, i.e. front & side planks, 1-leg balance, 90° squat and jump rope, their scores should match their male counterparts. On the tests […]

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A Quick & Effective Locker Room Warm-Up For Hockey Players

A Quick & Effective Locker Room Warm-Up For Hockey Players

Warming up your muscles for hockey is an important factor in preventing injuries on the ice. Most hockey players do not spend enough time warming up for hockey and this contributes to on-ice injuries, including groin and abdominal strains/tears, knee, back and shoulder injuries. Many of these injuries can be avoided by performing a proper […]

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The Best Off-Ice Tests to Measure Hockey Fitness

The Best Off-Ice Tests to Measure Hockey Fitness

I love to do fitness testing on athletes! It is a great way to assess physical strength and weaknesses. It is also a feedback loop to measure progress as a result of off-ice training. If you are a hockey player, no doubt you have seen the NHL Entry Draft Combine. The combine measures the incoming […]

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Sports Nutrition Program from HockeyOT.com

Here is a free sample 1 day sports nutrition plan that you can build with the Sports Nutrition Builder included with your HockeyOT.com subscription. WARNING: Eating like this every day will lead to improved on-ice performance and combined with the HockeyOT.com training program, can cause side effects like a wicked six pack! Breakfast (8am) Water Start […]

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How Do You Plan on Taking Your Game to the Next Level?

How Do You Plan on Taking Your Game to the Next Level?

Most hockey programs are finished their schedule. We hope you had a fun and fulfilling season. Now is a good time to take a break from hockey and play a few other sports. While you are taking a break from hockey, you should also evaluate what you can do to improve your game and get […]

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Recovery Techniques For Exhausted Legs

If you play the game of ice hockey, you have probably suffered exhausted legs at one point or another.  Taking a shift and limping off the ice, huffing on the bench to catch your breath, and wondering when you lost your step is actually a common feat, since the skill needed to perform at a […]

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Getting Back Into Hockey

There are few sports that challenge the physical and the mental prowess of its athletes like ice hockey, making the process of getting back into hockey quite demanding for any participants who have been away from the game for a while.  Anyone interested in coming back to the game after an extended period of time […]

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