It’s been almost 10 months since I last sent out a newsletter. At the end of last Summer, I was fortunate to be offered a new position as the Head Performance Coach with the Boston Bruins.

Between moving our family across the country and getting acclimated to a new position/organization, I haven’t had as much time as I’d like for, well, just about anything else!

That said, after several years of work (and thanks to the tireless efforts of my co-author Travis Pollen), I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ll be releasing a new book “Speed Training for Hockey” at the end of this week.

I’ll have more details about the book, including a special announcement for newsletter subscribers, on Saturday.

In anticipation of the release, I’ll be sharing a few articles highlighting important elements of effective speed training programs throughout the week.

To kick things off, I want to share an interview I did with SimpliFaster a few months back. In the interview, we discussed:

  • Key strength and functional qualities that make players fast on the ice
  • Differences between off- and on-ice speed
  • How to approach “specificity” of skating patterns through off-ice training
  • The greatest training need of ice hockey players
  • How movement screens should REALLY be used to impact performance
  • Rotational power training for hockey

You can access the interview here: Skating Speed and Rotational Power Development with Kevin Neeld

Feel free to post any questions you have in the comments section below.

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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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:

  1. Skating technique
  2. Lower body strength/power
  3. Single-leg stability

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.

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

P.S. Check out Ultimate Hockey Training for more hockey training strategies to improve skating speed!

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