I hope you’ve been well. The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind…although I think I’ve said that for the last couple of months so I suppose things have been pretty typical for this time of year!

Over the last the two weeks I’ve added a few interesting hockey training posts, including a presentation I gave to ~185 14-year old players in Colorado Springs a couple weeks. If you haven’t already, check them out at the links below:

  1. Hockey Training Stuff You Should Read
  2. GAP Golf Fitness Q&A
  3. Hip Active Isolated Stretching for Hockey Players
  4. Hip and Thoracic Mobility Exercise for Hockey Players
  5. USA Hockey Regional Camp Recap
  6. USA Hockey Camp Q&A

We’ve also added some pretty good stuff over at Hockey Strength and Conditioning over the last couple of weeks, including a few articles from new contributors.


  1. Defenseman Specific Speed from Sean Skahan
  2. Reconditioning Phase: Step One in Off-Season Programming from Devan McConnell
  3. Youth Hockey Training Presentation from me
  4. Children’s Footwear from Dr. William Rossi
  5. Top 5 Quotes from Perform Better Summit, Chicago from Brian Sipotz


  1. 3-Day Off-Season Program from Darryl Nelson
  2. Pre-Camp Work Capacity Phase from Mike Potenza
  3. Youth Training Program: Tri-Planar Circuits from Mike Potenza


  1. Single-Leg Complex Training from Sean Skahan

That’s a wrap for today. As always, if you aren’t a member yet, I encourage you to try out Hockey Strength and Conditioning for a week. It’ll only cost $1, and if it’s not the best buck you’ve ever spent, I’ll personally refund you!

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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This is the third and final segment of Hockey Training Radio Week! If you missed the first two posts, you can check them out here:

  1. Hockey Training Radio Week: Part 1
  2. Hockey Training Radio Week: Part 2

Today is also my birthday. I don’t generally make a big deal about my birthday (so I won’t start now), but I’m looking forward to hanging out with one of my old college buddies in Boston tonight. Another year in the books, and lots of exciting things to look forward to in the future!

In Part 3, I want to share an interview I did with Anthony Renna as part of Hockey Strength and Conditioning‘s new “Hockey Strength Podcast”. The podcast is completely free, and features a hockey training expert (…or me) discussing their contributions to HockeyStrengthandConditioning.com and insights into their current training methodology. I really enjoyed the first two episodes with Mike Potenza and Darryl Nelson, and am happy that Anthony has had the time and energy to put this together for us (I suppose as an Islanders fan, you have to fill your time somehow!). In Episode 3, Anthony and I discuss:

  1. The focus of the final phase of our in-season youth training program
  2. Directional rolling, an advancement in self-myofascial release
  3. The various roles breathing plays in performance

Check out the Episode 3 of the Hockey Strength Podcast at the link below:

Listen Here >> Hockey Strength Podcast: Episode 3

Don’t forget to check out Hockey Strength and Conditioning! For $1, you can get access to countless hockey training programs, articles, exercise videos, webinars, and forum discussions from some of the most experience professionals in hockey strength and conditioning! Not a bad deal if you ask me!

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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We’ve had a lot of great additions this week at Hockey Strength and Conditioning. In no particular order (don’t miss the last one!):

My friend Kevin Schaeffer (former National Championship winner with BU and current AHL/ECHL player) wrote an article on how he’s been able to apply some of the things he’s learned from his experience working with Michael Boyle and from our site into his personal training. This may come as a surprise to those involved in youth hockey, but other than the NHL (more on this in a bit), most other pro, junior, and prep levels of hockey don’t have anyone running their training programs. It’s a scary reality. Kevin’s article does a great job of outlining some of the far from ideal realities of playing minor league hockey and how he’s been able to help fill some voids in his own training and that of his teammates.

Check it out here >> A Minor League Hockey Player Aspiring to be a Strength Coach

Kevin also posted a link to an interview with former Oiler’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Moreau. I don’t know Dr. Moreau personally, but after reading this article it seems like he really knows his stuff. Similar to Kevin’s articles, I think this interview illustrates many of the harsh realities of professional hockey and how the success of a strength and conditioning program really hinges upon the enthusiastic support of the coaching staff.

Another big take home is that there are STILL NHL programs that don’t fully buy into the importance of training, at least not as demonstrated by their actions. To some extent, this probably comes down to a “we’ve been successful doing it this way, why begin to incorporate something new that wasn’t necessary before.” I guess it all depends on what you consider “success.” Imagine if equipment manufacturers took the same approach: “players have scored goals with wooden sticks, why try something new?” In my opinion, this is a dangerous mentality that stunts innovation and growth. It’s one that many talented young players adopt; “I dominate and I don’t train at all. Why should I start?” For some players, it may be a matter of being able to continue to dominate at the next level. For the Sidney Crosby’s of the world, it’s a matter of expanding the capacities of the game. In other words, it’s about taking the game to the next level. Bottom line: If individuals and organizations adopted a more comprehensive development model, the game of hockey would benefit.

Read the article here (no membership required): Chad Moreau Interview

Darryl Nelson had a couple great additions this week. He wrote an article on the importance of youth sports and fitness that caused one of those “take a step back and see how we are influencing are youth through sports” moments. It’s more than winning and losing; it’s about instilling habits and mentalities that will allow our youth to grow up and lead healthy lifestyles. His article concluded with some STAGGERING statistics about the current state of “youth health”.

Check out the article here >> Youth Sports and Fitness

Darryl also added a Metabolic Conditioning Circuit program with videos that doesn’t require much equipment. In fact, it doesn’t require anything that can’t be MacGyver’d (e.g. make your own weight or just use a light object like a water bottle). This is the newest feature of our “Youth Training Program” addition to the site. The thing I like the most about this circuit is that it lends itself well to larger groups of people, which is perfect for youth programs, which are typically run by one coach. Although this was posted in the vein of “conditioning”, it will also likely have a strengthening effect, especially with younger or less-trained athletes.

Get the program here >> Metabolic Circuit

Without question, the greatest addition to the site this week was a video of a presentation Toronto Maple Leafs President and GM Brian Burke gave during a recent USA Hockey American Development Program (ADM) seminar. Burke outlines a lot of the common mistakes being made in youth hockey now and what we NEED to focus on to continue to develop the sports. For those of you that caught Mike Boyle’s presentation from the same seminar, this is the perfect on-ice compliment to what Boyle discussed. With the right information in front of us, it’s up to us, as a hockey community, to put it to good use. And we have a lot of bad habits to break!

YOU MUST WATCH THIS!! >> Youth Hockey Presentation

You can try out the site for $1 for 7 days. Now is as good of a time as ever to do it. Spend the buck to watch Brian Burke’s presentation. Hockey needs you to!

Click Here for the best in Hockey Strength and Conditioning

To your continued success,

Kevin Neeld

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