Improving on ice speed has many factors, but improving technique is one of the easiest fixes that can yield huge and immediate results. The more hockey I watch the more obvious it is that many players stand up too tall when they skate. Adopting a deeper skating stance will allow the skater to create a … Continue reading The Importance of Depth for an Efficient Skating Stride
Old video, but a standard and simple conditioning test we use with @unhwhockey that produces a ton of useful data and is always a crowd pleaser ➡️ a 6 minute time trial with the goal of going as far and as fast as you can but also at a consistent pace throughout the ride. The … Continue reading Modified Cooper’s Test on the Assault Bike
Got a lot of engagement with various coaches on Twitter with this thought the other day. Though I am not a huge proponent of excessive loading of the bilateral squat (back/front squat) I do think it’s important to be able to perform the squat pattern well as it is a basic, fundamental movement pattern. As … Continue reading Heels Elevated Bilateral Squatting?
"If you get hurt in the training process, your training process is terrible." - Mike Boyle Dilemma: coach wants to give the team the day off from skating but still wants to perform a somewhat intense conditioning session. Solution: Assault Bikes The first question most people would ask is ‘Why biking and not running or … Continue reading In-Season Off-Ice Conditioning
It could be said, and rightly so, that hockey players are made in the off-season. The success that a player has during the season can in many cases be traced back to the work they put in as the season ended in the spring and the long summer months leading into the fall pre-season. Whether … Continue reading Goals of the Ice Hockey Off-Season