A calendar year for any hockey player should include three main components: the off-season, the preseason, and the in-season. Each component represents times of the year where different parts of an all-encompassing program are emphasized more than others.
The assessment process is an important aspect of a year-round hockey training program for older players (age 16 and above) to measure the results of all the work they put in as well as track their progress over time. Power, speed, strength, and conditioning are attributes that coaches and strength and conditioning coaches can continue to evaluate as a player matures.
Hockey players want to be just as fast and as powerful late in a game as they were at the beginning of the game, so devising a proper conditioning protocol is a critical area for a strength and conditioning coach. Although the coach’s job is to help hockey players become stronger and faster, conditioning is also part of the job description.
NHL strength and conditioning coach Sean Skahan offers training and
conditioning methods used by some of the world’s greatest players.
Included are position-specific preseason, in-season, and off-season
training regimens and 200 exercises and drills to elevate individual and
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Achieve the best physical condition year-round with Total Hockey Training and be ready to dominate on the ice.
In Total Hockey Training, longtime NHL strength and conditioning coach Sean Skahan brings you the exercises and drills that have been used in conditioning some of the greatest players in the world. Whether you’re just entering the off-season or chasing playoff contention, this resource has you covered with season-specific programming that will help you take your game to new heights. With ready-to-use programs for all player positions and various levels of play, you have everything you’ll need to train year-round. As you progress, you’ll have access to personal assessment programs that will help you determine your strengths and weaknesses so that you can modify programs to fit your individual needs.
Physical conditioning for hockey is a year-round requirement if you want to outperform your competition. With Total Hockey Training, you have the tools you need to elevate your game and perform at your peak.
Introduction Chapter 1 Seasonal Scheduling and Logistics Chapter 2 Testing, Evaluating, and Tracking Progress Chapter 3 Position-Specific Training Chapter 4 Pretraining Chapter 5 Core Strength Chapter 6 Strength and Power Chapter 7 Speed and Agility Chapter 8 Flexibility Chapter 9 Conditioning Drills Chapter 10 Off-Season Workouts Chapter 11 Preseason Workouts Chapter 12 In-Season Workouts
A training guide for hockey players, coaches, and strength coaches at
the junior high, high school, club, college, and minor league levels.
Sean Skahan was named the strength and conditioning coach of the
National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild in 2016 after serving in the
same capacity for the men's ice hockey and field hockey teams at Boston
University for the 2015-16 season. Prior to his position with the
Terriers, Skahan was the strength and conditioning coach for the Anaheim
Ducks for 13 seasons. During his time with the Ducks, the team advanced
to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003 and won the Stanley Cup in 2007.
Before working with the Ducks, Skahan was the assistant strength and
conditioning coach at Boston College and at the University of North
Dakota. While earning his master’s degree in kinesiology, Skahan worked
as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the
University of Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise
physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Skahan holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and USA
Weightlifting. He is also certified as a kettlebell movement specialist
(CK-FMS) and a StrongFirst level 1 instructor. Skahan presents at
strength and conditioning conferences worldwide when his schedule
permits. He lives in Boston.
“I was very fortunate to work with Sean while I played with the
Ducks. He helped me to perform at my best and stay healthy. Sean has a
great understanding of what it takes physically to compete in the NHL.”
Scott Niedermayer-- Former NHL Defenseman Anaheim Ducks and New
“Sean Skahan is one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in
the hockey world. His wealth of experience at the collegiate and
professional levels will help all players achieve their goals.”
Michael Boyle-- Founder, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning,
Former Strength and Conditioning Coach, Boston University and Boston
“In Total Hockey Training, Sean Skahan draws from his
extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach at both the
collegiate and professional levels to provide coaches and players with
proven year-round physical training regimens that enhance on-ice
performance and reduce injuries.”