Hockey Speed Training Tip: When attempting to improve a player’s speed, it’s important to determine what the limiting factor to his or her performance is. A few of the most common culprits are:
Training single-leg strength is a great way to improve skating speed
When coaches instruct a player to do things like bend their knees, get down lower, and “stop on a dime”, in many cases the player does not physically possess the capacity to do so. In other words, until the player’s strength and power is improved, they physically are incapable of doing what the coach asks. Identifying and training the limiting factor will save the player and coach a ton of frustration and lead to faster, more remarkable progress.
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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.