Strength & Conditioning
The off-ice training program is designed and implemented by the University of Denver Head Strength Coach Matt Shaw and staff. It will focus on the development of hockey-based physical strength and stamina and is the same program used by the NCAA D1 Denver Pioneers Hockey Team. These sessions will focus on the proper execution and understanding of the drills and exercises necessary to develop and strengthen the athletes' core muscle groups through the use of conditioning, resistance training, free weights and stretching. The goal is to develop the hockey players' power, agility, speed, and balance, while at the same time not compromising the players' flexibility. The coaches will discuss how to continue this development during the off-season by discussing proper eating and training regiments.
The coaches will run the athletes through a number of core muscle strength, conditioning and flexibility drills utilized by the NHL in the free weights room, gymnasium, and pool to achieve the desired results. The goal is to not only improve each player's overall core strength and flexibility at the camp, but too also properly educate the players on how to properly continue this development training long after they depart the camp.
College and/or Junior Hockey Seminars
Along with the 2x daily Strength Training sessions, each camper will attend daily College and/or Junior Hockey Seminars. These seminars will focus on a number of various topics all related to the Business of Hockey. Topics will include college and junior hockey, recruiting and exposure opportunities, Junior team try-outs, the importance of good grades, successful systems and tactics currently being utilized by collegiate and professional teams, getting along with your coaches, how to get noticed, how to promote yourself, what to do when a team expresses interest in you, mental toughness, what do coaches and scouts look for in a player on-ice, off-ice and in the classroom.
These instructional sessions are conducted by the coaches on staff each week and are open to players and parents alike.