Monthly Archives July 2013

Ball Hockey

July 12, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Ball hockey is a great summer conditioning sport for ice hockey

Many years ago when I was 16 years old I worked at the local hockey rink.  In the 4 summer months we took out the ice and the Manitoba Ball Hockey League took over the rink.  The first year I

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Hockey Resume

July 11, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
A good hockey resume will help get you noticed in the hockey world

Unless you score 30 goals in every league you play in, every player looking to get to the next level needs to have a hockey resume ready to go.  These days with so many players are doing a lot to

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Soldier On

July 10, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt

I’m fascinated by special operators.  I’ve read almost every book on the topic of Special Forces and Navy SEALS there is, and always look for articles and discussions on the internet.  These men intrigue me as they are what I hope

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Transferring Power

July 9, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Skating demands good transfer of power from the muscles to the ice

Recently during the functional movement screen of her off-season physical assessment one of my players asked why this was so important in the testing process.  She thought that doing the sprint testing, strength testing and conditioning tests were what mattered

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Hockey Programming

July 8, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Teaching the hockey program to NHL players

“Great workout Coach”!  When athletes say this I smile and talk about the workout and what it was designed for.  We talk about the combination of exercises and why it was so challenging.  What the athlete doesn’t see is the

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Full Speed

July 7, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Hockey must be played at full speed to make games seem easier.

In the mid 1990’s I read a great book by hockey physiologist Jack Blatherwick called Overspeed.  The main point in the book was that training should be short, intense and geared towards making better hockey players.  Practices should be crisp,

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Take Action

July 6, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt

I think most people mean well when they say things like; “I’ll give you a call”, “let’s schedule something”, “call me this weekend”, or whatever blow off you want to use.  Maybe people don’t want to commit to things or

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The Extra Mile

July 5, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Going the extra mile in training will improve your chances of getting to the next level in hockey

The other day I read a great blog article by Justin Bourne who played in the ECHL, University of Alaska and Vernon Vipers (BCHL).  He talked about how when playing junior hockey in Vernon how his coach, Mike Vandekamp used

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Hockey Warm-up

July 4, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
A hockey warm-up should include many dynamic movements

Prior to ANY workout (off-ice, on-ice) it is important include a hockey warm-up to get the body warmed up for physical activity and gradually increase the range of motion of the muscles.  Stretching can be used, but sparingly before workouts

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Dedication to Training

July 3, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Dedication to training at it's finest

I have a lot of respect for athletes who put in the hard miles with their physical training.  Day in and day out, these players come to work….showing great dedication to training.  Not just at regular practices and games that

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