Kevin Neeld — Hockey Training, Sports Performance, & Sports Science

Top Hockey Training and Development Posts of 2012

With 2013 officially upon us, I thought it would be a good time to recap some of the highlights of 2012. On a personal note, 2012 has been an incredible year. Some of the highlights, in no particular order:

1) Starting and finishing a massage program at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies
2) Becoming Lower Extremity and Spine ART certified
3) Completing my first full year with the US Women’s National Hockey Team, including working at the IIHF World Championships in Burlington, VT and at the USOC in Colorado Springs
4) Releasing my book Ultimate Hockey Training
5) Writing a chapter for the recently released Men’s Health Big Book of Abs
6) Being featured twice in Men’s Fitness
7) Endeavor Sports Performance moving into our new facility (which I was able to design from scratch) within Total Turf Experience in Pitman, NJ
8) Making the move to Collingswood, NJ so I don’t have to pay that absurd $5 toll to get back to Philly every night!
9) Having an opportunity to speak to both 198 ’98 birth year hockey players through a USA Hockey Festival Camp in Colorado Springs, and to ~200 attendees at the USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Clinic in New Jersey.
10) Training a few of the Flyers during the lockout
11) Last, but certainly not least, winning my first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater award!

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Special shout out to Emily and her siblings, who apparently bought what could very well be the most ridiculous sweater I’ve ever seen for their mom when they were little kids!

I’ve had a lot of fun over the last year and have been fortunate to have gotten to know and spend some time learning from a lot of new people. This site also experienced an incredible growth over the last year, reaching 304,065 page views, up from 188,160 in 2011. This is ALL thanks to your continued support and help in spreading the word about articles that you’ve found some value in. I truly appreciate your support and can’t thank you enough. I’m hoping to make 2013 the best year yet, so please feel free to speak up if there are specific topics you want me to write about.

With all of that said, let’s move on to some of the top hockey training and hockey development posts of 2012. The series will continue throughout the week with some of the other top features of the year, so stay tuned!

  1. Off-Season Hockey Training Program
  2. A Letter to Parents of Undersized Players (My favorite post of the year!)
  3. Understanding USA Hockey’s American Development Model
  4. What Muscles Do You Use To Shoot?
  5. The Myth of Wrist Strength in Hockey
  6. 3 Keys to Developing Optimal Skating Technique
  7. Unconventional Approaches to First Step Quickness
  8. Improving Shot Power Through Rotational Core Training
  9. Hip Active Isolated Stretching for Hockey Players

To your success,

Kevin Neeld
UltimateHockeyTraining.com

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Kevin Neeld

Kevin Neeld Knows Hockey

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.