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    Training For Hockey Clinic

    June 6-7, 2014 | National Strength and Conditioning World Headquarters| Colorado Springs, CO

    The NSCA along with top strength coaches from hockey teams across the US are presenting the Training for Hockey Clinic stacked with hands-on and lecture-based sessions on integral components for successful strength and conditioning training. This two-day event is a developmental opportunity for strength coaches and trainers specifically working with hockey athletes at any level. 

    Join strength coaches from:  

    • USA Hockey
    • Quinnipiac University 
    • University of Minnesota
    • University of Denver
    • Colorado Avalanche

    ... And more as they come armed with in-depth information on periodization models, advanced principles in programming, youth and collegiate development, off-season training, specialty strength training, and recovery/restoration.

    By the close of this event, coaches will walk out with the latest tools to train hockey athletes from youth to professional. 


    This Clinic will provide the following CEUs:

    NSCA 1.6  |  BOC 16


    Training for Hockey Clinic

    Schedule Overview

    The Training For Hockey Clinic will run from Friday, June 6 through Saturday, June 7 in Colorado Springs, CO. 

    Click on the links in the left sidebar to view the event schedule by day.

    All NSCA Conferences and Events are subject to change location and date; as well as possible cancellation without notice. Speaker, topic, and format subject to change without prior notification. 

    Celebrated Speakers

    The Training For Hockey Clinic features a host of well-renowned industry speakers. Receive expert insight from:

     Cal Dietz, MS  Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz’s return to Minnesota he has developed the strength and conditioning programs and the daily progress in men’s hockey, men’s basketball, women’s hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s swimming, track and field, baseball, and wrestling. During his tenure, Dietz has trained a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, athletes that have achieved 450 All-American honors, 31 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams, and 10 NCAA Team Champions. Dietz is also a member of the Gender Equity Committee at the University of Minnesota and currently represents the university as a member of the Big Ten Committee to develop performance enhancing policy for anabolic and ergogenic aids. During his time at the university, Dietz has given numerous lectures around the country, as well as published several scientific articles and dozens articles on training, including articles for Most recently, Dietz co-authored the top-selling book, “Triphasic Training: A Systematic Approach to Elite Speed and Explosive Strength Performance.” Prior to returning to Minnesota, Dietz was the strength coordinator at the University of Findlay, overseeing 26 men’s and women’s sports, in addition to coordinating the university’s fitness center, coaching the offensive line with the football program, and teaching strength and conditioning classes. Dietz served as a graduate assistant strength coach while pursuing his graduate degree at Minnesota. During this time, Dietz was the first assistant to football and assisted with a majority of Olympic sports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Findlay in 1996 and his Master’s degree from Minnesota in Kinesiology in 2000.  
    Darryl Nelson, MS 
    Darryl Nelson is in his 14th season with United States of America Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) and has established a highly regarded off-ice training program for hockey players. Previously, he worked at Boston University at Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning Clinic. Nelson also served as an intern at the International Performance Institute (IPI) in Bradenton, FL, where he worked with several Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League (NFL) players. Nelson received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and his Master’s degree from the University of Georgia.
    Brjesh Patel, MS, CSCS, RSCC, USAW 
    Brijesh Patel is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Quinnipiac University Athletic Department. In this role, he primarily works with the men’s and women’s basketball and ice hockey teams, but also oversees the strength and conditioning development for all 21 varsity sports. Patel previously held the title of Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Patel holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), United States of America Weightlifting (USAW), and the American Red Cross. He is also the Founder and Partner of SB Coaches College. Patel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut. Patel offers his expertise through numerous publications; most recently, he wrote a chapter in the book “Developing the Core” which was released by the NSCA. He also has been featured as a guest speaker at several conferences, seminars, and symposia.

    Paul Goldberg, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD 
    Paul Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Western State College of Colorado and his Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Exercise at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Before becoming the Human Performance Coordinator for the 10th Special Forces Group, he worked in Human Performance for Naval Special Warfare for 14 months and was the Head Strength Coach and Dietitian for the Colorado Avalanche National Hockey League (NHL) team for 11 years. Goldberg also served as an assistant strength coach and sports dietitian at Colorado State University for four years and as the Head Strength Coach and Sports Dietitian at Eastern Michigan University for one year.

    Matt Shaw, MEd, CSCS 
    Matt Shaw is in his second season as assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Denver. In this role, he oversees the strength and conditioning programs for hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, and diving, while also coordinating the department’s internship program. Since his arrival in 2012, he has trained and consulted with athletes from the National Hockey League (NHL), Kontinental Hockey league (KHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), and Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Prior to coming to Denver, Shaw was an assistant strength coach responsible for men’s basketball, wrestling, and men’s soccer at Boston University. Shaw has served as an intern with various organizations such as the University of South Carolina Football team, Boston University, Harvard University, Boston University’s Athletic Enhancement Center, and the Boston University hockey team under the mentorship of Mike Boyle during the 2006-2007 season. Shaw has earned certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE). He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a Minor in Human Physiology and his Master’s degree in Physical Education, while specializing in coaching from Boston University.

    Jeff Kipp, MS, CSCS 
    Jeff Kipp began his United States Air Force Academy coaching career in 2004 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Currently, his primary responsibility is the supervision of all aspects of the speed, strength, and conditioning program for the U.S. Air Force hockey team. He has also worked with the football, lacrosse, track and field, and cross-country teams. In addition to his coaching duties, Kipp also teaches several exercise physiology and physical education courses at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Before that, Kipp served as a performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance in Denver and Evergreen, CO, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Denver, and as a strength and conditioning coordinator for the football team at Colorado School of Mines. Kipp received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University in 1995 and his Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 2004. Kipp holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and earned a certification through the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE) where he serves as the State Director for Colorado.

    Casey Bond, CSCS Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Colorado Avalanche.
    Eric Lawson, MS 
    Eric Lawson returned to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as a strength and conditioning physiologist in 2009. In his current role, he provides strength and conditioning coaching and educational instruction to enhance Olympic and Paralympic performance. He primarily works with boating, endurance, and racquet athletes, but also helps train track and field and bobsled athletes. Lawson rejoined the USOC after an eight-year stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning National Hockey League (NHL) team. Among other highlights during his career in the NHL was being a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup championship team. Prior to working with the Lightning, Lawson was the Head Strength and Conditioning Physiologist at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center from 1996-2001. Lawson has also served as Head Speed/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Dartmouth College from 1992-1996 and assistant speed/strength and conditioning coach at the University of Colorado from 1987-1989. He also was a football coach in Finland and Miami, FL and has served as an exercise physiologist consultant for private facilities in Denver, CO; Turku, Finland; and the University of Colorado Wellness Center. Lawson earned his Bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has published training and conditioning articles in numerous professional publications and has given coaching presentations to local, regional, national, and international audiences.

    Kevin Neeld, MS, CSCS 
    Kevin Neeld is the President of Endeavor Sports Performance, a high-performance training facility located in Pitman, NJ. He also serves as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Manual Therapist for the Philadelphia Flyers Junior Team as part of the United States Premier Hockey League, and as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team. Neeld is sought after for his expertise in blending high-performance training with injury prevention and post-rehabilitation work. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Neeld holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Neuroscience (University of Massachusetts Amherst), a Bachelor’s degree in Health Behavior Science and Fitness Management, and a Minor in Strength and Conditioning (University of Delaware). In 2013, he became one of only nine professionals worldwide to earn the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credential from the Postural Restoration Institute. An accomplished author, Neeld has had articles published in Men’s Fitness and many of the top fitness and performance sites. He also wrote a chapter in, “Men’s Health Big Book of Abs” and is the author of the book, “Ultimate Hockey Training: Transforming Effort into Ability.”

    Nelson Ayotte, ChPC, CD 
    Nelson Ayotte is entering his 10th season as the strength and conditioning coach for the St Louis Blues. He is recognized as one of the top sports performance training coaches in the world and is a level five of the National Canadian Coaching Program, which is the highest level. Out of one million coaches; only 76 have finished the program since 1974. Ayotte has been chosen as Canadian coach of the year in 1998, Quebec coach of the year in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He also won the Canadian Military Land Forces Coach of the year in 2002. Ayotte has coached with Canadian National teams, US Olympic track and field, and worked with several professional athletes in the NHI, NFL, MLB, NBA and PGA. He has lectured on training methodology all across North and South America and also in Europe. Ayotte is an innovator of sports training and holistic physical fitness with several supplement products and training systems to his credit. He graduated from the International Coaching School of the University of Victoria B.C and is a Master­ Course conductor of the National Coaching Institute of Montreal Qc.

    Training for Hockey Clinic

    Register Now for the Training For Hockey Clinic!

       Thru 5/19       
    After 5/19Onsite      

    Registration Rate     

    $235  $310 

    NSCA Student Member     

    $175  $250 

    One Day Only

    $160  $210 

    Refund Policy

    All refunds must be requested in writing (mail, fax, e-mail) and should include the reason for cancellation. No refunds will be accepted via phone.

    Full refund less $20 if postmarked by May 19, 2013. 

    No refunds after May 19.

    Training for Hockey Clinic

    Hampton Inn & Suites

    With breathtaking views of Pikes Peak, free hot breakfast daily, pool, fitness room, and a great central location to the Colorado Springs airport and downtown you won’t be disappointed with your stay here. The area offers many opportunities to take advantage of outside of the Endurance Training Clinic, including numerous hiking and biking trails and parks like the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak International Raceway, the World Figure Skating Museum and more.

    Mention you are with the National Strength and Conditioning Association to secure your weekend stay at the preferred rate. 

    Hampton Inn & Suites | 2910 Geyser Dr. | Colorado Springs, CO 80906 Call 719.884.0330

    Room Rate: $109  


    Double Tree by Hilton

    Offering beautiful views of Pikes Peak, a complimentary airport shuttle, two on-site restaurants, fitness room, pool, and game room this too is a great place for your stay during the Endurance Training Clinic. The location is perfect to take advantage of all the great opportunities Colorado Springs has to offer including the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, downtown shopping and restaurants, hiking and biking trails, and more.

    Mention you are with the National Strength and Conditioning Association to secure your weekend stay at the preferred rate.  

    Double Tree by Hilton | 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. | Colorado Springs, CO 80906 | Call 719.576.8900 

    Room Rate: $109  



    Event Itinerary

    Schedule - Friday

    6:00am-7:15amEarly Bird Workout      
    8:00am-9:20amAdvanced Methods in Triphasic Training
    9:30am-10:50amDeveloping the Complete Hockey Off-Season Program   
    11:00am-11:50amModern Trends in Strength Training
    12:00pm-1:00pmLunch- Provided
    1:00pm-2:20pmStructuring Collegiate Development
    2:30pm-3:50pmAgility and Plyometric Training for Hockey
    4:00pm-4:50pmVaried Periodization Models for Hockey      

    Session Descriptions
    Early Bird Workout      
    by NSCA Performance Center Staff


    This session will cover special consideration in Advance Programming methods in Training from foundational strength to energy system training in the collegiate and pro hockey player.

    In this session, attendees will learn how to develop a well-rounded program that is designed to reduce the risk of injury and improve athleticism in the sport of hockey.
    This session will discuss the current practices being used to train ice hockey players. It will also cover why some methods can be great and why some can be detrimental to certain players.
    This session will explore how to structure, develop, and progress the collegiate athlete across his/her career. The application of both conjugate and triphasic training within the collegiate environment will be discussed. Special attention will be given to topics such as individualizing training based on training age/limitations, athlete evaluation, corrective exercise programming, and establishing self-efficacy within college athletes.
    Hands On
    This session will be a hands-on walk through of “dry land” agility and plyometric training techniques to increase the hockey athlete’s movement, body control, and overall performance. This session will cover the thought processes, training principles, year-round planning, exercise selection, and coaching cues to help hockey athletes perform at their highest level.
    This session will explore various periodization models, exercise selection, and training techniques based on practice and game schedules, ability and age demands, and athletic capabilities.
    Event Itinerary

    Schedule - Saturday

    7:00am-8:15amEarly Bird Workouts
    8:30am-9:50amTake a Big Picture Approach
    10:00am-11:20pmMobility Training for Hockey
    11:30am-12:20pmVariables That Impact the Formulation of Individual Strength & Conditioning Programs for NHL Players
    1:30pm-2:50pmHigh Performance Nutritional Strategies 
    3:00pmpm-4:20pmMyofascial Release and Restoration 
    4:30pm-5:30pmRound Table/ Panel Discussion/ Q&A

    Session Descriptions
    Early Bird Workouts
    by NSCA Performance Center Staff
    Taking a big picture approach; looking at whats changed, whats stayed the same, and how to make it all work


    This session will outline current research related to hip injuries in hockey, the influence of predictable asymmetries on hockey performance, and a series of assessments, exercises, and training strategies to help improve the durability and longevity of today’s hockey athlete.

    This session will be centered on the variables that have served to define individualized programming for the players under contract to the Tampa Bay Lightning National Hockey League (NHL) team 2001 to 2008.
    This hands-on session will teach attendees how to use myofascial release as a tool to improve tissue quality and restore range of motion related to sport demands, as well as how to go from assessment to application. Additional emphasis will be placed on the timing of these techniques, creating myofascial tools with limited resources, and the application of myofascial release to improve movement and posture.