Yesterday I mentioned that, on the ice during a game, top speed isn’t reached or maintained for long. Having said that, it is still important to understand that many of the direction changes in hockey occur at near-top speeds. Also, many all out sprints start from a glide or light skate, and involve varying foot/leg positions.
Your off-ice training should reflect this. Try incorporating these three things to improve the quality of your hockey speed training:
Keep working hard…
Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.