Nov 182011

I am pretty excited today because not only was it a good week at, but I just received copies of my first soon-to-be-released information products.  I am going to be releasing 2 DVD’s which are going to benefit hockey players, trainers, and coaches immensely.  My friends Frank Addelia and his wife Betsy, Strength and Conditioning Coach Jason Carroll, and I spent a recent Saturday afternoon filming all of the exercises and progressions.  I can tell you that Frankie does an unbelievable job at what he does.  I am excited to have the finished products ready to go soon.    Stay tuned.

At, we had another good week of content additions.  In addition to our new featured content, the forum has been busy with more discussions including threads on motivation, nutrition, and a new one on 1-leg cleans.  Make sure you check out the forum.

Here is what we have added this week:

Youth Program: Lateral Speed Teaching by Mike Potenza.  In these videos, Mike goes over his lateral speed progressions.  I like how he starts off with a stabilization or “holds” phase.  I like these progressions and like other programs and videos on the site, these progressions remind me of great exercises that I may of gotten away from but should probably still be doing (I hope that makes sense!).  Great stuff from Mike.

Left, Middle, Right Lunges by Darryl Nelson.  In the video of the week, Darryl shows some tri-planar variations of lunges both with a Valslide and with stepping.  The video shows a Goblet style dumbbell hold variation which I definitely like.  I have always used these movements as a warm up, but as Darryl shoes, you can definitely load them as well.

Last up is Kevin’s Youth Hockey Training Blueprint part 2.  Honestly, this piece is in-depth and it is very good.  Kevin is an awesome writer who is also very smart.  I am going to have to read and re-read this one over again.  This is a really good piece that really exhibits the quality of content that we have on this site.  Really good work from Kevin.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and a happy Thanksgiving next Thursday.



Nov 112011


I hope everyone is doing great.  It has been a while since my last post on what is going on at  I really like the contributions that we are getting from coaches like Anthony Donskov, who I got to spend some time with on a recent road trip.  In addition to getting some good content from Anthony and the usual lineup of coaches, our forum is pretty busy.  There are always good discussions going on including some recent ones about vibration training, reducing inflammation in the diet, and barefoot training.

Here is what has been posted recently at

Quarter Sprints by Darryl Nelson.  This is an interesting progression or regression, depending on how you look at it.  Basically it is a sprint program where the distance and time to complete the sprint is higher at the beginning (starts at 40 yards in 6 seconds) and lower at the end (5 yards and 1 second).  I like this type of metabolic work.

Hockey Hips Assessments Webinar by Kevin Neeld.  This is a webinar that Kevin also did for  Good stuff here from Kevin.

Five Exercises that Hockey Players Should Do in the Weight Room by myself.  This one was posted here on my blog here.  I wanted to add it to the HockeySC community in case a member didn’t get a chance to read it.

Strength Training for a Hockey Player with a Uni-lateral Lower Body Injury by Mike Potenza.  These are the types of programs that I really like.  These programs are more real-world programs that strength and conditioning coaches need to know how to design.  Like Mike, I am also faced with circumstances where a program like this has to be incorporated.  I also know how important it is to have an injured athlete on a good program that works.  The strength and conditioning coach is going to be spending a lot of time with the injured athlete, so it is imperative that it is worth the time spent.

Why Shoes Make Normal Gait Impossible by Dr. William Rossi.  This was an article submitted by Northwest Foot and Ankle.  The more education that is made available about the foot and ankle is going to help us moving forward.  This shows more “support” for barefoot-like footwear.

Half Get Up with a Cup of Water by myself.  This is a video that shows a different variation of the Get Up.  I love Get Ups and have been using them now quite a bit with my athletes.  We have used this version with some athletes who are returning from shoulder surgeries and injuries.

2- Day In-Season Training Program Phase 2 by Kevin Neeld.  This is a continuation of Kevin’s in-season program that he uses with the 16u-18u team that he works with.  I like the exercise selection in these workouts.  Not much different from what I would do.

Thanks for your support!










Nov 062011

My friend Kevin Neeld recently released a new book on hockey training a few weeks ago.  I was actually able to read and review it.  It is an excellent resource for anyone who works with hockey players.  It is definitely a book that anyone who trains hockey players should read.  Also, as a bonus in this package, you can get some examples of some warm up routines that I use with my athletes.

Check it out here:

Ultimate Hockey Training

Nov 052011

I realize that it has been a while since my last post. The reality is that we have been on a 2 week road trip that has consisted of 7 different cities. No complaining here as it is what it is.

One thing that I make sure that is taken care of before we head out is to make sure that we have adequate training equipment available. Not only for my athletes, but also for myself.

Personally, I have been getting in some great training sessions and not missing a beat on this trip. Thanks to the help from plenty of friends and colleagues, I was able to keep my training going just like I would at home. Today however, I was challenged as all I had available to me was a 16k kettlebell. In all honesty, I am not a fan of just wininging it and doing something different than what I am supposed to do on a given day. Sometimes you have to make sure you make due with what you have.

Here is what I came up with with a little idea from Dan John:

Movement prep/joint mobility

Each of the following done for 1 rep each x 3 sets:
Get up Tri Set with
1-Leg squat
And 1-Arm Push up with hand elevated (locker room bench)

3 exercises done in a row in decending sets- (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1)
Snatch (EA. Arm)
Goblet squat
Push Up