Author Archives David Pollitt

Pass is King

October 12, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Tyler Doherty passing the puck

The old saying in hockey is very true, skating is fast but the pass is king.  The message here is that you speed up the game and give your offence the best chance to make a play by advancing the

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The Next Level…

October 3, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Getting to the next level in hockey.

It’s pretty rare to get to top of the hockey pyramid.  There are 30 NHL teams with roster restrictions of 20 players per team you have roughly 600 players in the show.  Add in the 600 players in the AHL,

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Improving Shot Power

September 30, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Fat gripz are a training device that hockey players can use to improve shot power

Improving shot power is one of the most saught after skills in hockey.  Goalies fear the “hard” shot, coaches expect it as you advance in hockey, and players love the feeling of firing off a hard clapper or wrister.  While

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August 29, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Persistance towards a goal is key to athletic achievement

I have long been a fan of folks who overcome all obstacles and succeed.   I see this every day with clients or athletes I work with.  People who may have started out from humble beginnings or with moderate talent and

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2014 Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team

August 26, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
2010 Canadian Men's Olympic Hockey Team gold medalists

Players from around the NHL gathered in Calgary this past weekend for Hockey Canada’s first off-ice orientation camp in preparation for defense of their 2010 Olympic gold medal.  The depth of potential team members for the 2014 Canadian Men’s Olympic

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Offseason Hockey Training

August 15, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Powercleans are important for hockey players in the offseason

With August mid way through most players have their summer training plans wrapping up but I still thought it would be good to include an article I wrote several years ago called “Offseason Hockey Training”, as there is still information

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Developing Grit

August 14, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Developing Grit...take a page out of Ryan Smyth's book

In hockey, players need a hard edged approach to the game to be successful.  The sport requires you to battle and overcome obstacles every second you are on the ice.   Some players have a natural ability to elevate the level

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Not Pretty

August 13, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Sometimes hockey agility is not pretty, but it must be developed.

Of all the athletes I’ve worked with over the years, one of my biggest challenges came from a group of ice hockey defensemen.  At first, they looked like a strength and conditioning coach’s dream team.  They were big and strong.

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August 7, 2013  |  Posted by David Pollitt
Performance enhancing drugs

Getting a leg up on the competition has been around a long time in sports.  As far back as the original Olympic Games (from 776-393 BC) and Roman Gladiators (100 AD) athletes have used a variety of performance enhancing drugs

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