Coach Nielsen's Ice Hockey Drills

Conditioning Counts

The first week of conditioning camp is over and I’m happy with the early results. The players, for the most part, came to camp in good condition and ready to work. As I’ve said many times, I think conditioning is the most important part of team success. If you can go harder and longer than your opponent, you have a very good chance to succeed. For those of you who may be interested in seeing what our conditioning program is like, I’ve put together a few videos with information about the different parts of the hour long session. Typically we try to run three days a week for one hour each day.

The parts of the session are as follows

  1. Calisthenics
  2. Sprints
  3. Leg Work
  4. Endurance Runs

Each day will incorporate parts of each of the above areas, but on day one we concentrate on cardio. Day two is mostly leg work and day three is a combination of cardio and leg work.

One thing I can tell you for sure is you will get a really good idea who the leaders of the team are through your conditioning program. Each of the past three seasons the captain of the team was chosen because of his dedication and work ethic during the conditioning sessions.

Remember to keep the players hydrated and let them rest between sets.



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