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

Performance Testing: Youth Hockey Norms

The first question players ask after going through any form of performance testing is either “How’d I do?” or “Is that good?”

Every player presents with unique physical characteristics that either help them perform at a desired level or prevent them from doing so.

While there are a lot of individual considerations in interpreting testing data, it’s helpful to have an understanding of where you stack up relative to other players at your age and playing level.

This table has normative values for off-ice testing (power and strength testing) performed on male youth hockey players. The players were primarily from Tier I organizations.

This should help players to quickly identify areas of strength, and areas where they may be lagging behind the pack, which can then be used to influence their training programs.

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To your success,

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.