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

Stuff You Should Read

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve had a lot of fun at work this week. Even more than usual! Tuesday morning I woke up to learn that Kelvin Benjamin’s two late TDs gave me a 1 point victory over Devan McConnell in Fantasy Football, officially moving NaFolesean Dynamite over Taco Corp in the standings.

Wednesday, the Flyers Junior Team won their 8th straight game, scoring 6 goals for the 3rd time in 4 games. The guys have worked hard all season up to this point and I couldn’t be happier that they’re being rewarded with success on the ice.

That night, Jared Beach, Matt Sees, Matt Siniscalchi and I took David Lasnier out to Fogo de Chao in Center City Philadelphia for a 2nd bachelor party since we missed his official celebration in Montreal a few weeks prior. Not only did we all get Fogo Fever (when you eat so much you start to develop flu-like symptoms; immediately precedes “Meat Sweats”), but our server, immediately after seating us, took one look at all of our faces and said “I’m going to get you all some clean plates and start sending meat over immediately”. We had a good showing.

Upholding my streak (2 for 2), yesterday I picked up my car from the shop after replacing the engine…about 4 months after I bought it. My last new used car (The Bat Mobile)had a 90-day warranty; I found out I needed to have the transmission rebuilt somewhere around day 93. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the bill I had to pay, but I’m glad to have my car back after spending a week hitching rides.

Car Engine Rod

Apparently, when you take the engine out of the car, this isn’t supposed to fall out of…

Car Engine

this.

Never a good thing when the mechanic says “I’ve never seen a Honda do this before…

Today I’m in Bethesda, MD at a TPI Level 1 seminar that I’ve been looking forward to for a while. I’m not overly interested in golf, but am very interested in how they’re assessing athletes and how they describe findings in terms of sport-specific faults. There is definitely a lot of carry over between TPI’s teachings and altered movement patterns in hockey (and all rotational sports for that matter), but given that almost all of our players spend a significant amount of their off-season time on the golf courses, I figured it was an appropriate time to start learning more about the sport.

Over the last week I’ve come across a few pretty cool articles/stories that I wanted to share with you. This is a great way to wrap up the week as there’s some good information tied in with some inspiration. Enjoy!

  1. In-Season Success Starts in Off-Season (Great piece on the importance of off-ice training at the NHL level)
  2. Tom Brady Explains Why He Goes to Sleep at 8:30 (Awesome lesson from one of the best quarterbacks of all time)
  3. The future of treating ACL tears (Nice article on a new strategy to facilitate better outcomes in ACL surgery)
  4. 3 Coaching Cues to Make Your Strength and Conditioning Programs More Effective (3 great coaching cues from Eric Cressey to help improve your performance in common exercises)
  5. Acts of Random Kindness (I really enjoyed reading through these. 45 pictures of people going out of their way to help others)
  6. Cool video of an 11-year old Japanese player displaying an incredible skill set. It’s fun to see how much hockey has grown in my life time.

 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.