Speed Training for Hockey

At every level, it’s the fastest players who win races to loose pucks, create the time and space needed to get quality shots off, and ultimately create the most opportunities. In a game where a fraction of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing, speed separates the elite players from the average ones.

Clearly, hockey players must seize every opportunity to improve their speed. The trouble is, there’s a widespread misunderstanding of how to best train for speed.

Many players continue to spend valuable training time on “quick feet” drills with cones and ladders, as well as other speed drills they typically lift from a track and field or football training program.

This so-called “speed work” is often supplemented with old school bodybuilding or powerlifting routines in the weight room, or worse, no strength training at all.

Unfortunately, these common off-ice training practices have little bearing on skating and on-ice performance. Skating is a unique motion that has several very notable differences compared to running. Understanding these differences, as well as considering the impact of the rapid accelerations, decelerations, and direction changes required in hockey are all incredibly important when designing a training program that will transfer to on-ice improvements.

In addition to the lack of awareness regarding hockey-specific speed training, many players will also perform their speed work in a way that actually makes them slower.

Speed development requires a specific amount of intensity to make a change. If this intensity cannot be maintained for any reason (e.g. insufficient rest between reps, poor recovery between days, etc.) the training becomes "conditioning" at best, and useless stress at worst. In either case, the player exerts a lot of energy, but doesn’t get faster, and may expose themselves to an increased risk of injury in the process.

Playing hockey today requires a significant and constantly growing time commitment. Players have more games and travel than ever before, and more "competing demands" for training time. With this in mind, it is essential that players make the best use of their limited training time by following a training program that cuts out the fluff, and only includes proven, effective methods.

I’ve trained with Kevin since before my first year in the USHL. As a smaller guy, having the ability to create time and space has been crucial to my success. Kevin’s programs have helped me develop the speed and quickness I need to compete at the highest levels, and the conditioning to continue pushing the pace late in games. If you’re looking to fulfill your potential on the ice, Kevin is the guy to help you get there.”

Now you can have exclusive access to the training programs and information that have helped hundreds of athletes at every level develop game-changing hockey speed.

Before exploring Speed Training for Hockey, let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Kevin Neeld, and I’m currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins. Prior to joining the Bruins, I worked for the San Jose Sharks for 2 years, after spending 7 years running a private sports training facility and 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team. Ever since my college playing career ended in 2007, I’ve been tirelessly researching the most effective speed training methods for hockey players. Over the last decade, I’ve worked with hundreds of hockey players at every level, from peewees to the pros, testing and applying these methods to see which deliver the best results.

Speed Training for Hockey is the synthesis of everything I know about speed development for hockey players. I firmly believe that the training programs contained in this book are the most effective methods in existence for developing world-class hockey speed.

In my mind Kevin Neeld is one of the top 5-6 strength and conditioning coaches in the ice hockey world. It’s not often I turn to younger coaches for advice, but Kevin is a guy I count on to be on top of all the latest info, and to use it with his athletes.

Kevin Neeld brings a fresh and innovative perspective to Hockey strength and conditioning. He continues to push the envelope with his current ideas and methods which is something that hockey needs.

Kevin Neeld has one of the brightest minds in performance enhancement for hockey athletes. His ability to disseminate research and text books into practical knowledge is outstanding. I’ve implemented things that he’s written and spoken about to help my hockey athletes compete for championships. Kevin is one of the best and if you want to be the best, he’s one that you have to train with.

Speed Training for Hockey is a comprehensive, 12-week off-season training program that’s specifically designed to help you reach your genetic speed potential – no matter your age or current skill level.

Unlike other training programs that are borrowed from unrelated sports and training pursuits, Speed Training for Hockey is designed specifically for the unique demands of hockey.

Every aspect of the program – from the dynamic warm-up, to the speed and power drills, strength training, conditioning, and cool-down – is tailored not only to maximize on-ice performance, but also to maximize durability and minimize risk to unnecessary injuries.

In keeping with the principles of long-term athletic development, the training programs are designed for specific age groups to target the major hurdles players at different ages face in maximizing their neurological, skeletal, muscular, and hormonal development.

In addition to the programs included in Speed Training For Hockey, the book also addresses many of the myths surrounding speed training, strength development, and conditioning, and explains the science and research underlying every method I propose.

I know reading (or listening to others explain) research can get pretty stale, quickly, so I’ve made an effort to minimize scientific jargon, and explain…