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

Frustrated With The Hockey Training Mentality

One of the reasons that I like training hockey players is that they’ll do whatever it takes to take their game to the next level. As a general statement, the only other athletes I’ve ever worked with that share that kind of work ethic and drive are rowers. Especially with kids, though, it seems like the two markers of a good training sessions are:

1) Being exhausted/borderline sick at the end
2) Being extremely sore the next day

I’ll touch more on these things in the next few days, but I want to leave you with two of my favorite sayings:

1) Any idiot with a whistle and loud voice can make a group of kids tired. That doesn’t make it effective training.
2) Playing in traffic will make you sore. That doesn’t make it effective training.

– Kevin Neeld

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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.