All posts tagged performance

It’s Fine! They Won’t Hurt Themselves…

Is resistance training safe for young athletes, specifically minor hockey players? Yes, it is absolutely safe as long as the trainer is qualified and experience to instruct such a program […]

Coach vs. Trainer

What coaches need to understand about the whole process is this: the problem might actually be something completely different than what they think it is.

Off Ice Team Training

Summer is long over, but hopefully those who are serious about improving their performance for the hockey season have prepared accordingly. In this article I want to share my perspective on in-season training for minor hockey players. Let’s start by going back again and ask ourselves, “are we crazy about putting our kids in strength and conditioning programs at the minor hockey level?” The answer is, absolutely not.

Move it: Essential pre-game exercises for moving well on the ice

What should a player do to prepare their body before a game? Skating around the rink before a game or practice is a great way to increase player’s core temperature, […]

Ask Meaghan

As the countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi continues, and as the days get closer to when the Canadian Team will march together in the Opening Ceremonies, there is a sense of urgency that continues to escalate in anticipation of the competition that will take place.

Big Game Preparation — 7 Tips for Staying COOL and CALM in the Clutch

The BIGGEST secret to you playing your best when it counts the most is learning how to keep yourself CALM and COMPOSED. If you allow yourself to get too nervous […]

Ask Meaghan

As a member of Team Canada and an idol for many aspiring female hockey players, which skills do you believe are the most important for players to focus on at […]

Improve Your Reaction Time With These Visualization Tips From The Journeyman

I’m not so sure I should even attempt at writing this article. Those who’ve read my book “Journeyman” know the mental part of my game was…um…uh…lacking. But enough about me, […]

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Want To Become A Champion? Then Lose The Perfectionism!

Who would ever think that the one biggest obstacle to achieving success on the ice and reaching your hockey dreams would be your own frustration and self-directed anger whenever you […]

November: Topping Up The Energy Tank

Everything good this season will result from the energy of your players! When it comes to playing your best game, understanding how to re-energize is every bit as important as […]

Mike Johnston on Building A Winning Team And How Parents Can Help

When the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks’ owner, Bill Gallacher, wanted to revamp the Hawks’ hockey operations in 2008, he turned to Mike Johnston — a sought-after coach who knows there’s a […]

Is Weight Training Safe For Kids? A doctor and a strength coach weigh in on the dos and dont’s for youth hockey players

No matter what the sport, every young athlete who is fully committed and focused on the improvement of skills will look to gain every competitive advantage available, whether it means […]