Stay fresh this summer without wearing the body down. Yes, at Whalen Hockey Training we believe that kids need a break from hockey but not from their technical skills which are so crucial for players in this new aged game.
What do we mean by technical skills?
Well the fact is Hockey is deteriorating to the muscles, ligaments and joints and most programs are all GO, GO, GO but never take the time to develop proper stride or develop strength in the players legs. Whalen Hockey Training wants our players to get strong and build a foundation throughout June and July so that when training camp hits in August the body is proper prepared for the season ahead.
We break our strength and skating programs into 3 phases;
Phase 1 - June
Building a Strength Foundation 2-3x/week
Shooting/Edge Work 1x/week
In the first phase we encourage our athletes to stay away from games/hard skating we want our players to get away from the rink as much as possible to let their bodies heal and recover from the previous season. We know parents are sometimes in a rush to do too much at once and that can hinder the performance throughout the summer, so we suggest a nice light skating session that should focus on shooting technique and developing their edges. During this month we will start to develop a strength foundation with our athletes to help grow, strengthen and move into better ranges of motion that will help them prevent injuries throughout their careers. By allowing our athletes bodies to recover from the season while putting new muscle on it allows them to get stronger which in turn will make them faster, more balanced and coordinated.
Phase 2 - July
Developing Strength and Conditioning Systems 2-3x/week
Technique Skating (without puck/with puck no shooting) 1-2x/week
Shooting/Edge Work 1x/week
In the second phase we will start to encourage our athletes to get on the ice a little bit more but to start developing their stride and feeling for the puck. Throughout July we will have 2 nights a week for technical skating and edge work to start to get back into proper stance and balance for the upcoming season. Tuesday evenings will be technical skating 1 hour *without any pucks* and Thursday will be technical skating 1 hour with pucks but *no shooting*. The players will remain with their weekly shooting/edge work sessions so they can focus on the technique of their shot. Now that we have been in the gym for a month and have pretty good knowledge of the exercises and program we are working through we can start to get strong and focus on developing core and full body stability that will help us fight off opponents in the corners.
Phase 3 - August
Translating Strength and Technique to Power and Performance 2-3x/week
Technique Skating (with puck no shooting) 1x/week
Conditioning Skating (with puck lots of passing, shooting, battles) 1x/week
Game Situation (Focus mainly on 3 on 2 and 2 on 1 transition, lots of games) 1x/week
In the final phase of our summer training we strongly encourage players if they haven’t been on the ice to get their feet moving as they will be behind a lot of the more elite type of players. We break this down into 3 important on ice sections as now it is time to get mentally focused and prepared for games. The first skate of the week will always address technical skating with advanced edges all done with a puck, so our players have the feeling of handling the puck going into the season. Our second skate of the week we will really start to pick up the tempo get the heart rate high and put the kids under pressure, we will incorporate A LOT of passing drills with back check or pressure that athletes will need to pay attention or THEY WILL MESS UP DRILLS in this we need to build mental alertness and with pucks and people flying around it help grows their hockey IQ. Third skate of the week will always be a Game situation skate where we will focus highly on transition in the neutral zone, 3 on 2, 2 on 1 and 5 on 5 simulated drills at the end of every session we will do sometime of game type situation. In this final phase we want to turn all that strength we built up over the last 2 months into applicable power that we can use on ice to help with our skating, condition and vision of the ice. When a player is strong, fast and stable they can out play, work, think and compete their opponent which in the end is what hockey really comes down to WHO WANTS IT MORE?
Andrew Whalen is the founder of Whalen Hockey Training, The goal and idea behind creating this company was to pass on knowledge to youth hockey players and parents so they can succeed to their highest level possible.
Andrew has a unique philosophy when it comes to creating hockey players. He believes in creating well round 200' hockey players that can score, shoot, skate and defend.
Andrew has grown up playing in the SCTA, GTHL, Jr B, Jr C, Sweden Division 1 and 2. He brings over 15 years of playing experience and connections to this program.
Andrew has been coaching for 6 years while Whalen Hockey Training is going into its 3rd year of operations. He has worked with Jr teams such as Halton Ravens Jr A, Nittorps J20 and Surahammer J20 eite. Throughout the years Andrew has worked with minor hockey clubs such as Milton, Stoney Creek, Burlington, Mississauga and many more.
A Development Coordinator Burlington Eagles 2017/2018
Want to get the most out of your training? Develop a plan with Coach Andrew that will take you down the path that will best suit your playing style.
Private sessions can run 30 minutes or 1 hour
30 min - $60.00
1 hour - $100.00
3 hours - $300.00
5 hours -$450.00
Similar to private training you can get a whole lot more bang for your buck but for a little less in cost and now you have some friendly competition. Coach Andrew will still help each individual to develop in the best way suited for each of the players.
30 min - (2 v 1) $80.00 (3 v 1) $100.00
1 hour - (2 v 1) $120.00 (3 v 1) $140.00
3 hours - (2 v 1) $360.00 (3 v 1) $420.00
5 hours - (2 v 1) $550.00 (3 v 1) $650.00
Gather your friends, teammate or coaches and bring them to work in small groups to help develop chemistry, skills and the love of the game. Whether you've gathered a small group of friends or its your team Coach Andrew can set up a development system that can help you work on your child's or team's weaknesses.
Have a goalie? Bring him on out we love moving targets!
1 hour - $160.00
3 hours - $480.00
5 hours - $750.00