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From the Trainer’s Room: Learn how to be aware, recognize signs, symptoms of concussions

December 9th, 2019

Over the last 10-15 years, concussions have become a hot topic in youth and professional sports, and for just cause. The media is constantly showing violent hits in the NFL, NHL and other sports and the results of the hits are being shown more and more. Recent involvement by the NFL Players Association as well…

Taking Liberties With… Jessica Koizumi

November 13th, 2019

JESSICA KOIZUMI Position: Associate head coach, University of Vermont (Hockey East, NCAA D-I) Hometown: Simi Valley Youth Teams: California Thunder, Ventura Mariners, Team LA, Cal Selects Playing Experience: U.S. Women’s National Team, Connecticut Whale (NWHL), Montreal Stars (CWHL), Boston Pride (CWHL) Last Amateur Team: University of Minnesota Duluth (WCHA, NCAA D-I) Jessica Koizumi is one…

From the Trainer’s Room: Taking a look at the steps to prevent groin injuries in hockey

November 12th, 2019

A successful hockey season filled with wins, goals, assists and enjoyment can be easily derailed with a groin strain. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE The groin musculature, or adductor group, is located on the inside of the thigh and brings the thigh back into the midline of the body. This is an important group of muscles…

From the Trainer’s Room: Looking at different ways to vary your in-season hockey training

October 15th, 2019

For most, the hockey season has begun. This means intense practices, private lessons and games. Now, you have to mix in off-ice or dryland training into the equation, but how do you do that? A comprehensive in-season training program must include modifications throughout the season in order to maximize performance while reducing injuries. Different portions…

Taking Liberties With… Robby Jackson

October 11th, 2019

ROBBY JACKSON Position: Forward, San Antonio Rampage (AHL) Hometown: Alameda Last Amateur Team: St. Cloud State University (NCHC, NCAA Division I) Youth Teams: Oakland Bears, Berkeley Bulldogs, Santa Clara Blackhawks, LA Selects, LA Jr. Kings READ OUR LATEST ISSUE California Rubber: You made your pro debut with San Antonio in the spring and this summer…

Extra Hour Off-Ice Training impacting NorCal hockey

October 9th, 2019

Cathy Andrade introduced Power Hour to the Bay Area in 1998, providing power skating for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Some 20 years later, in 2018, she launched the Extra Hour Off-Ice Hockey Training Facility to provide off-ice training. Along with her husband, Randy, Cathy traveled and toured the Midwest, East Coast, and…

HockeyShot: Jack Hughes’ training earns him top pick in NHL Draft

September 19th, 2019

Chances are you have already heard of Jack Hughes – younger brother to Quinn Hughes, chosen No. 7 by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2018 NHL Draft, and older brother to Luke, a prospect for a first-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft. Like HockeyShot, this family legacy has come through lots of hard work…

From the Trainer’s Room: How to come up with an offseason hockey training regimen

August 9th, 2019

For hockey players, the season has ended. It’s time to get a little rest and let the body and mind recover. The season can be a grind with lots of games, practices, lessons and travel, and taking some time away from the ice can do a ton of good. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE For teenage…

HockeyShot Tip of the Month: Mohawk Dangles

July 18th, 2019

If you really want to up the challenge in your off-ice training, use drills like Mohawk Dangles! We worked on the footwork and technique in our last article (“The Crosby Move”), but now let’s take it up a level by adding stickhandling drills. For this drill, just like the last, you will need a pair…

From the Trainer’s Room: Looking at the importance of ankle mobility in hockey, skating

July 15th, 2019

Have you ever heard a skating coach tell an athlete to get lower or get your knee over your toes? Sounds easy, but it may not always be the case. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE These types of skaters may not physically be able to get lower due to either strength deficits or lack of mobility…