USA Hockey American Development Model

Preparing for failure

Today’s post from Andreas Wochtl touches on an incredibly important topic that I think may be the single biggest problem with youth sports in general, but especially ice hockey. Last week I came across an infographic from USA Hockey (Andreas links to the article below) displaying the number of games in a typical peewee, junior, […]

December 17th, 2014 | Comments (7)
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Off-Ice Training for Goalies

Today’s article is a guest post from Chris Phillips, an Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach that runs a facility called Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Southern California. Before opening Compete, Chris spent 8 years working in the NHL. It’s always great to get someone’s perspective that has worked at the highest levels, […]

December 15th, 2014 | Comments (0)
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Sports Nutrition Tip: Optimize Protein Intake

Today I have another awesome sports nutrition tip from Brian St. Pierre. This tip is a “teaser” from the Nutrition Guide he wrote for my new program Ultimate Hockey Transformation. Enjoy! – KN Tip #3: Eat Protein at Every Meal and Most Snacks As an athlete, protein plays a critical role in achieving the health, […]

December 2nd, 2014 | Comments (0)

Analyzing the Skating Stride: Physical Barriers

Last week I broke down the skating technique of a youth hockey player. If you missed that post, you can check it out here: Analyzing the Skating Stride The main focus on that post was on identifying on-ice technique flaws, and following up with a few basic tips on how he could try to make […]

November 25th, 2014 | Comments (1)
The Lab Training Center

The secret to getting the most out of your athletes

Today I have a guest post from my friend Andreas Wochtl. Andreas has been a great resource for me since we reconnected a few years ago, as he’s not only a dedicated student of hockey development, but he brings an interesting perspective having split his youth hockey years playing in Sweden and the US. If […]

November 24th, 2014 | Comments (1)
Let's Play Hockey

Is failure the key to success?

This morning I came across an article from Josh Levine at Let’s Play Hockey that I wanted to share with you. I’ve enjoyed reading Josh’s articles in the past, and think he hit the nail on the head with this one. It seems, in the interest of constantly pursuing “better opportunities” for their kids, parents […]

November 21st, 2014 | Comments (0)
Supplement Goals Reference Guide


Today’s Thursday Throwback takes us back to 2011 and provides an inside look at what used to be a very popular supplement. Aside from the specific supplement referenced here, there are two big takeaways from this post that you should apply to ALL supplement choices: 1) It’s important to familiarize yourself with the brand. Because […]

November 20th, 2014 | Comments (4)
Crossover Skating Stride

Analyzing the Skating Stride

A couple weeks ago I got an email from a youth player asking me to analyze his skating stride. He felt, and I agree, that he was leaving some “free speed” on the table by now optimizing his stride pattern. You can watch the videos of his skating below: You can also see these here: […]

November 19th, 2014 | Comments (1)

Making an Impact

Today I wanted to share a pretty cool story with you. Over the Summer, Emily and I bought our first house together. It was something we’d talked about doing at some point in the future, but the process from starting to look to closing happened FAST. Like 6 weeks fast. Holding each other up after […]

November 17th, 2014 | Comments (3)
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Stuff You Should Read

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve had a lot of fun at work this week. Even more than usual! Tuesday morning I woke up to learn that Kelvin Benjamin’s two late TDs gave me a 1 point victory over Devan McConnell in Fantasy Football, officially moving NaFolesean Dynamite over Taco Corp in the […]

November 14th, 2014 | Comments (0)