We discuss the latest ideas in the hockey training world with the industry's top strength coaches, researchers, and more.
Recovery and Hydration Masterclass with Doug McKenney
On episode #106 of the Hockey Strength Podcast and episode #8 of the SCAPH Alumni Series, Mike Potenza and David Rosales are joined by Doug McKenney.
Coach McKenney has been with the Indianapolis Colts (NFL) since 2018 where he currently serves in an applied sports science/conditioning role.
He's the founding coach of CoachMePlus, an athlete monitoring system.
Prior to that, McKenney had a 25+ year career as an NHL strength coach between the Buffalo Sabres (1995-2015), Hartford Whalers (1989-95), and the Pittsburgh Penguins (1985-1989).
In this episode, Doug shares stories from his early days in the NHL. Along the journey of NHL stories, he provides a masterclass in understanding recovery and the steps strength and conditioning coaches can take to support athletes in optimizing their recovery, from heart rate and HRV, to daily weigh-ins for hydration and more.
For all show notes, head over to the official website of SCAPH, prohockeystrength.com
Developing Culture in The Private Sector with Matt Nichol
On episode #105 of the Hockey Strength Podcast and episode #7 of the SCAPH Alumni Series, Mike Potenza and David Rosales interview Matt Nichol.
Matt is the owner of Paragenix Systems Inc, the Director of Player Health and Performance with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, founder of Biosteel sports, and more.
In this episode, we discuss Matt's varying influences from nutrition, to powerlifting, to football, and how all those different perspectives contributed to his development as a coach. We spend a lot of time focusing on Matt's offseason hockey training group and how over the years he's built a powerful culture into it that keeps players coming back. Finally we touch on generalization vs specialization, advice for young coaches, and the controversial role of internships.
You can find links to everything discussed and shows at the official website of SCAPH, prohockeystrength.com
Mike Boyle on Communication, Coaching, and How to Keep Getting Better
On episode #104 of the Hockey Strength Podcast and episode #6 of the SCAPH Alumni Series, Mike Potenza and David Rosales talk with Mike Boyle.
Mike is one of the most influential people in all of strength and conditioning. He owns Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Massachusetts. He's worked for Boston University, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Red Sox; he's written books and giving keynote presentations.
In this episode, we go all the back to his time at BU, from what he learned to Coach Parker, and move to discuss what's made him successful, from how he changes his mind and tries new methods in his programs, to how he evolved into an excellent speaker and writer.
You can find links to everything discussed at the official website of SCAPH, prohockeystrength.com
Ray Bear on Finding Mentors, Tactical S&C, and The Performance Director Role
On episode #103 of the Hockey Strength Podcast and episode #5 of the SCAPH Alumni Series, David Rosales and Mike Potenza chat with Ray Bear.
Ray is someone you may not be familiar with, and that is by design. He's served as a Director of Human Performance with the Third Special Forces of the US Military since 2010.
Prior to that, we worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Atlanta Thrashers for 9 seasons.
For those wanting to learn more about the link between hockey and military training, this is a must-listen episode.
As always you can find links to everything at the official website of SCAPH, prohockeystrength.com
Peter Friesen on Lifelong Learning, the NHL Combine, and Why We're Always Wrong
On episode #102 of the Hockey Strength Podcast and episode #4 of the SCAPH Alumni Series, Mike Potenza and David Rosales are joined by Peter Friesen.
Pete was the head athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach of the Carolina Hurricanes from 1997-2017.
His enthusiasm to keep learning and to question the assumptions fo the strength and conditioning field shows why he's one of the best in the business.
For all links discussed, over to the show notes at prohockeystrength.com.
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Mark Fitzgerald on The Foundations of Coaching, Learning From Others, And How to Have Difficult Conversations with Coaches
On episode #101 of the Hockey Strength Podcast, and episode #3 of the SCAPH alumni series, Mark Fitzgerald joins the show along with Mike Potenza and David Rosales.
Mark is the owner of Elite Training Systems in Whitby, Ontario and the Head of Performance/Combine Development with Under Armour.
Previously, Mark served as the head strength and conditioning coach of the Anaheim Ducks (2015-2019) and the Toronto Marlies (2008-2014).
In this episode, we dive into Mark's experiences from the AHL to the NHL to the private sector. He shares the lessons he's learned in how to work with athletes at all levels and how to communicate with head coaches and management (hint: it's not so easy).
You can find Mark on Twitter (@FitzgeraldETS), Instagram (@FitzgeraldETS), and on his website, fitzgeraldets.com.
For links to everything discussed head to prohockeystrength.com the official website of SCAPH.