Testimonials

Strength and Conditioning Coaches

“In my mind Kevin Neeld is one of the top 5-6 strength and conditioning coaches in the ice hockey world. It’s not often I turn to younger coaches for advice but, Kevin is a guy I count on to be on top of all the latest info and, to use it with his athletes. ”

Michael Boyle
Owner, Michael Boyle Strength and Conditioning
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, United States Women’s Olympic Team
Strength and Conditioning Consultant, Boston Red Sox

 

 

Pete Friesen“I have had the privilege of interacting with Kevin Neeld for some years now. His depth of knowledge in the areas of Human Performance and Strength and Conditioning is only surpassed by his passion and enthusiasm for his profession. He truly is a great resource for anyone who trains athletes at any level.”

Pete Friesen
Head Trainer / Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Carolina Hurricanes
Adjunct Professor Duke University, School of Physical Therapy

 

Sean Skahan“Kevin Neeld brings a fresh and innovative perspective to hockey strength and conditioning.  He continues to push the envelope with his current ideas and methods which is something that hockey needs.”

Sean Skahan
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Anaheim Ducks

 

 

 

“As a strength and conditioning coach I am constantly reading and talking to other strength coaches, trying to increase my knowledge to better serve my athletes. This process takes you through countless books, websites and coaches. After a while you start to narrow it down to a small group and they become your main resources for exercises and information.  Kevin Neeld and KevinNeeld.com without a doubt make my short list. Kevin is one of the finest and most knowledgeable Hockey Strength Coaches in the country and his website is a wealth of information explaining cutting edge exercises and techniques for developing elite hockey players. Kevin is constantly refining his skills and creating innovative and highly effective ways of getting the most out his athletes.

In the off-season my athletes scatter and train with various strength coaches wherever they are spending the summer. If any of my athletes train with Kevin at Endeavor Sports Performance in the off-season I know I don’t have to worry about them. I can count on them coming to training camp strong, balanced and ready for the rigors of a long season. I highly recommend Kevin as a strength and conditioning coach for any elite or pro hockey player and I think any strength coach who is looking for a reliable resource should add KevinNeeld.com to their list of favorites on the computer.”

Robert McLean
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Colorado Avalanche

 

“Kevin Neeld has one of the brightest minds in Performance Enhancement for Hockey athletes. He constantly pushes the envelope on improving himself, which ultimately benefits those that he trains and works with.  His ability to disseminate research and text books into practical knowledge is outstanding. I’ve implemented things that he’s written and spoken about to help my hockey athletes compete for championships. Kevin is one of the best and if you want to be the best, he’s one that you have to train with.”

Brijesh Patel
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Quinnipiac University Ice Hockey

 

Devan McConnell“Kevin Neeld is one of the preeminent Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the country. His knowledge on the latest practices in Performance Training, including the ability to utilize information from the disciplines of Strength and Conditioning, Physical Therapy, and Massage Therapy is second to none.  This allows him to offer his athletes some of the best development-based programs available. I have personally benefited a great deal from his writing and educational products and much of what I do with my athletes is a direct reflection on the education Kevin provides.”

Devan McConnell
Director of Sports Performance, UMass Lowell

 

Dan Boothby“Kevin is one of the top professionals in the field of Sports Performance.  His credentials speak clearly for themselves.  Kevin possesses a vast variety of knowledge and skills sets that allow him to provide the highest level of care to his athletes.  He is not only a coach and educator to his athletes, but also an established educator and leader in the field.  I have been fortunate to know Kevin for several years, and can say for certain that I learn something new every time we talk or I see him present.  Kevin’s passion and constant pursuit of knowledge has not only supported the athletic development of his athletes, but has promoted the profession of sports performance.”

Dan Boothby MS, CSCS
Director of Strength and Conditioning, Northeastern University

 

“Kevin has continued to be one of the foremost thinkers and resources when it comes to training the hockey athlete.  I value the information, ideas, and products that he has shared with his fellow colleagues in the field.  I’m also very lucky that some of our athletes have the ability to train with Kevin in the off-season, as they always come into camp healthy, well-conditioned, and prepared for the rigors of college hockey.”

Mike Kamal
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Merrimack College Ice Hockey

 

 

“Kevin Neeld provides athletes, coaches and training professionals a sound, science-based, professional approach to performance development. In a field that is saturated with continually changing theory and application, Kevin provides a truly holistic and very effective educational philosophy. Kevin continually offers innovative and progressive training techniques supported by cutting edge research. He is a valued resource and his work is an integral part of our performance programs.“

Mike Elberty
Strength and Conditioning Coach, St. Lawrence University Men’s Hockey

 

 

Darryl Nelson“Kevin is a great resource.  He has taken the complex ideas behind posture and movement quality and made simple ways for any coach or player to apply them to training.”

Darryl Nelson, MEd, ATC
Strength and Conditioning Coach, US National Team Development Program

 

 

Dan Gabelman“I first met Kevin during my internship with Mike Boyle (Currently Director of USA Women’s Ice Hockey Performance as well as for the Boston Red Sox)  and the Boston University Hockey team.  Kevin had just arrived in Boston and visiting Mike was one of the first things he did.  As a student just starting out in this industry, Kevin taught me that day that visiting other coaches and learning from those who are successful in the field is required if you want to be a great coach.  Since that day I have followed Kevin’s work as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance.

During that time Kevin has become an authority on training hockey players and helping them reach the next level.  He has accomplished this distinction with the same work ethic and attention to detail as he showed the first day we met, by continually investing in his education, visiting other coaches, and in the trenches work with hockey players from bantam to the Pro’s every day.

As the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Union College, I am always striving to find the best information to give my hockey teams every advantage possible.  Kevin’s products have helped shape the training and care of our hockey teams.  In addition, Kevin has personally helped two of our players during the summer prior to their freshmen year at Union.  Each athlete came in prepared and performed as well, if not better, than our upperclassmen in pre-season testing. If you are looking for a Leader in Hockey Sports Performance Training, Kevin Neeld is one of the best.  His products and coaching will take any hockey player to the next level.”

Dan Gabelman, CSCS, PES, USAW, FMS
Union College, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

 

Matt Murray“Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Kevin directly regarding the training and rehabilitation of a few of my athletes.  His insight has greatly helped me write programs to ensure these athletes came back from injury and remained healthy throughout the season.  Kevin’s book has been a great resource in helping me write programs for my athletes while keeping them healthy and I will certainly continue to seek Kevin’s advice regarding strength and conditioning. “

Matt Murray, CSCS, USAW
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, University of Maine Ice Hockey

 

“Kevin Neeld exudes passion about developing young hockey players and is driven to learn as much as he can and share as much of his experience as he possibly can with coaches, players and parents alike.  I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from Kevin and I highly recommend all the programs and services that he provides.”

Kim McCullough, MSc, YCS
Director, Total Female Hockey

 

 

 

“Trainers who can give you a laundry list of exercises are everywhere; you have to look farther to find a true professional strength and conditioning coach.  When I am looking for ways to help my hockey players perform better on the ice and reduce their risk of injury, I turn to Coach Kevin Neeld.

Kevin is constantly looking for more effective methods of both assessment and training.  I am indebted to him for introducing me to the Postural Restoration Institute.  While other trainers are busy arguing about why their training is the best, Kevin is out making himself (and his athletes) better and better.

So when I am searching for the ‘next thing’ for recovery, strength, speed and stability I go to Kevin’s products and articles where I always get a fresh perspective.  You may not be able to train with Kevin, but any hockey player can take a giant leap forward by following his techniques.”

Maria Mountain, MSc
Strength & Conditioning Coach/Owner, Revolution Conditioning

 

“I’ve known Kevin Neeld for over six years now, and I can say without wavering that he’s one of my most trusted resources in the strength and conditioning field.  I would say that it’s remarkable how far Kevin has come since he was an intern at Cressey Performance, but the truth is that we all knew he’d be a big player in this field from his tremendous work ethic, calm, personable demeanor, and genuine interest in helping athlete. I can’t recommend him enough.”

Eric Cressey, MA, CSCS
President, Cressey Performance

 

Anthony Donskov“I have known Kevin for over three years and consider him a close friend and fine Strength Coach!  Kevin provides a unique blend of knowledge and practical application that produces both exceptional educational content for his respective audience, and tangible athletic results for his training populations.  I highly recommend Kevin’s content!”

Anthony Donskov, MS, CSCS, PES
Founder, Donskov Strength & Conditioning, Inc.

 

Kevin is an up and coming strength and conditioning coach with great insight into how the athlete’s body works, especially when it comes to the sport of hockey. He is very innovative with his training techniques.  Kevin gets RESULTS with his hockey players because he played and understands the sport, and has the passion and drive to be the best.”

Joe Heiler, MSPT, CSCS
Sports Rehab Expert

 

Players, Coaches, and Agents

Eric Tangradi“As a professional athlete, training with Kevin has given me the guidance and programs to train at an elite level. Over the past 5 years I continue to learn more about my body and how far it can be pushed. Through his programs I have seen significant gains that I have noticed on and off the ice. His attention to detail has helped me maintain my body and prevent injuries. His passion for his work never stops as he continues to grow his knowledge, which benefits not only my training needs, but my recovery as well. I can honestly say Kevin has been a major factor in helping me excel at the professional level. I will continue to use him in the future and highly recommend him to those in all age groups hoping to make gains in the physical aspect of their sport.”

Eric Tangradi
Winnipeg Jets, NHL

 

Colby Cohen“I have spent the last 5 years training with Kevin. In that time, we have done everything from off-ice training, nutrition planning, soft-tissue, deep tissue, and hip capsule mobilization work, and more. The list of all the things Kevin has done with me in my training process is endless. I have always been very particular in my training and have had a lot of injuries and structural limitations in my body that I’ve needed to work around. In order to stay at the top level of hockey, its extremely important to do be fluid in many areas. This hasn’t affected my training one bit, as Kevin has individualized and altered my programs to fit my specific needs. From the day I first walked into Endeavor until now I have really fallen in love with Kevin’s coaching style and his care for what he does. I have worked with some of the “top” people in the world, and can honestly say that Kevin stands above the rest. I have never met a strength coach who works harder than he does. Simply, he cares. I look forward to continuing to work with Kevin, and learning from him, as his stuff is always changing and he is always keeping me on my toes with my training, rehab, and nutrition as I try to get myself back to the NHL.

Colby Cohen
Providence Bruins, AHL

 

Anthony DeAngelo“Ever since I started working out with Kevin at Endeavor, I have done nothing but get better. He taught me the right way to train, and emphasized proper form for everything from my mobility work to the lifts themselves. Every goal I’ve set for myself to translate on the ice, I’ve hit, and I give 100% credit to my off-season program. I won’t train with anyone else!”

Anthony DeAngelo
Sarnia Sting, OHL

 

 

 

Buddy Robinson“After training with Kevin Neeld for several years now, I can say, without a doubt, that I would not be playing where I am without him. Hockey is a sport that is constantly changing and Kevin has mastered the ability to evolve his training programs to give each individual exactly what they need to perform at their best on and off the ice.

Kevin has pushed me to accomplish goals that I didn’t think possible. My speed and explosiveness, along with the conditioning on the ice was dramatically improved after starting with Kevin. Kevin’s knowledge has helped in my training in ways I didn’t know existed when first starting with him. Along with great weight lifting programs he includes corrective and prehab exercises to meet each individual’s needs. These go a long way in keeping the players healthy and injury free during a long season.

I believe Kevin Neeld is at the top of his profession. His attention to detail and willingness to adjust to each athlete’s specific needs is what puts him above all others. I recommend him to any athlete who is serious about playing at a higher level.”

Buddy Robinson
Lake Superior State, NCAA D1
Binghamton Senators, AHL

 

Jeff Buvinow“Kevin Neeld’s dedication to the sport of hockey is the driving force behind his success and the success of his athletes. Every aspect of his work is specialized to the individual needs of his athletes. His passion has allowed me to reach new heights I would not have been able to achieve without him, at the collegiate and professional level. My individual programs have made me into a more complete player. On the ice, I feel like I am a more balanced player. Every aspect of my game has seen improvement: speed, agility, cardio, and strength. As a smaller player, I am never outmatched physically.

If you want to compete on the ice with the best, you have to train off the ice with the best. Kevin has proven himself as one of the elite trainers in the nation. You will see from Day One how detailed his work is and how committed he is to making you into a better player than you had imagined.”

Jeff Buvinow
Brown University, NCAA D1
Arizona Sundogs, CHL

 

Mike Gershon“Training with Kevin has taken me from a Division 3 to an ECHL hockey player. He has personalized my workouts to strengthen areas that had been injured or never been appropriately trained. If I hadn’t trained with Kevin I might not have reached my goal of playing professional hockey.”

Michael Gershon
Wheeling Nailers, ECHL

 

 

Chase Hatcher“Working with Kevin has shown me the importance of maintaining an overall healthy body. From subtle adjustments to my breathing breathing and posture, he has helped me become more aware of the effects of working out with a conscious effort on keeping good form versus just going for heavy weights and lots of reps. Kevin puts quality and health over quantity and it really shows in the performance of the players he works with.”

Chase Hatcher
Peterborough Petes, OHL

 

 

 

Jack Walchessen“There is a reason I made the four hour roundtrip drive to train with Kevin during my offseason.  His innovative and scientifically-backed training programs helped bring my on-ice performance to the next level.  Not only did my overall athleticism and confidence on the ice improve, but his thorough knowledge of the body helped rid me of nagging injuries that have hindered my performance during past seasons.  I will continue to utilize Kevin as a resource in any and all athletic endeavors that I pursue.  That his knowledge is now readily accessible online will surely benefit hockey players and athletes at all levels throughout the world.”

Jack Walchessen
Peterborough Petes, OHL

 

 

Alec Shall“Without exception, every player that I have advised to work with Kevin has thanked me for doing so. He is the most knowledgeable strength/fitness specialist that I have met, and this is not an accident – he relentlessly keeps himself informed about current thinking and research, and how it applies to his clients.”

Alec Schall
Managing Director, Player Agency
LEGACY Global Sports

 

“As a former Junior A, Division I, and Pro hockey player, I’ve had my fair share of strength/nutrition coaches and I can honestly say none compare to the knowledge and care that Kevin Neeld brings to a team. Having the privilege to work beside Kevin for the past 4 years with Team Comcast, both at the U16 & U18 levels, I can truly testify that I have not come across another coach who has such an impact on athletes as Kevin. His knowledge and expertise in strength training and nutrition are second to none. During his time with Team Comcast he has undoubtedly been a major contributor to helping our players achieving their goals of playing hockey at the next level. He is a true professional who beyond a doubt cares about the development of young athletes and providing them with the proper foundation to take their playing career to an elite level. His constant drive to develop innovating training methods will undeniable keep his program at the top of the training spectrum.“

Jeremy Hall
Former Player: USHL, Div 1 UMass Lowell, and ECHL
Head Coach, Team Comcast U18
Director of Hockey Operations