Congrats to the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team for getting off to a great Olympic start!
In an effort to get more incredible contributors to Hockey Training Expert, I’ve been talking a lot with hockey coaches and instructors with hundreds of years of combined experience.
Hockey players and coaches recognize the benefits of having a fast team. When it comes to individual skill, nothing is more important than speed. This is EXACTLY why I put together “Breakaway Hockey Speed”, so players and coaches could learn to how develop game changing speed, and get access to the exact drills that I use with my players.
Breakaway Hockey Speed is a 25-page manual that outlines how to change your body position to maximize the power of your stride and reveals the truth about which stride pattern is better: short choppy strides vs long powerful strides (this will surprise you!). Breakaway Hockey Speed includes 6 Linear Speed Drills, 15 Transitional Speed Drills, and the information you need to integrate a comprehensive speed training program into your current training program. This manual is exactly what you need to become faster and more explosive on the ice! Speed is your 1st key to ice hockey success.
All the speed in the world won’t matter if you don’t give yourself the fuel to use it. Proper nutrition is the most commonly recognized, but least practiced aspect of high level athletic performance. My colleague and friend Kim McCullough wrote Hockey Nutrition 101 to give you practical information on how to improve your diet to improve your performance. Kim brilliantly discusses how proper eating and hydration can have a huge impact on your performance, recovery, and overall development. Hockey Nutrition 101 gives you all the tools you need to figure out what you should be eating/drinking, how to make simple changes in your current diet, and how to track your intake so you can monitor your new high-performance diet! Proper diet and hydration habits are your 2nd key to ice hockey success.
Now you have the tools to develop incredible speed and give yourself the fuel you need to dominate. You’re one step away. Most players recognize that between 50-90% of their performance is mental. Most players admit that 0-10% of their training time is spent on mental preparation. Kim McCullough developed ANOTHER incredible resource for you, the Mental Performance Package, that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to develop the focus and confidence of a champion. This is your 3rd and final key to ice hockey success!
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.