What It Takes to Play NCAA DI Hockey: The Similarities and Differences Between DI and DIII Players

The difference between playing NCAA Division III and Division I hockey is the difference between pursuing hockey as a passion or a career. Between paying for college, or going on a scholarship. Between having the best resources at your fingertips, and the limited resources of a smaller school. It’s a potentially life altering difference.  Yet, … Continue reading What It Takes to Play NCAA DI Hockey: The Similarities and Differences Between DI and DIII Players

What I Learned From Devan McConnell

In June 2018 on a Saturday morning, I found myself at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s annual Vermont State Clinic at the University of Vermont.  I was especially excited for one of the morning’s speakers, Devan McConnell. Familiar with him through podcasts and websites like hockeystrengthandconditioning.com, I was drawn to his accumulated hockey wisdom, … Continue reading What I Learned From Devan McConnell

Three Steps to Learning Anything: My Language Learning Journey

Learning a Language is a long process. But, it’s just like learning anything else. Going through the process of learning Spanish over the last two years, I’ve discovered a blueprint to learn anything. I grew up in a bilingual family. My dad was born in Latin America. But, when I was little l didn't speak … Continue reading Three Steps to Learning Anything: My Language Learning Journey

Reflections on a Junior Hockey Career Part 2: Patterns of Successful Teams

In part one of this series, I talked about the common patterns I saw among the most successful junior hockey players. But hockey is a team sport. At the highest levels, it’s not about individual accolades, it’s about who’s holding the trophy at the end of the season. At the junior level (20 & under), … Continue reading Reflections on a Junior Hockey Career Part 2: Patterns of Successful Teams

Reflections on a Junior Hockey Career Part 1: Patterns of Successful Players

This March, my fifth and final season of junior hockey with the Vermont Lumberjacks ended. Reflecting on this journey, I’ve thought a lot about a lot about my teammates, numbering in the hundreds. The relationships we shared and the memories made are at top of my mind. But I’ve also thought about the habits and … Continue reading Reflections on a Junior Hockey Career Part 1: Patterns of Successful Players

What I Learned Training My Own Hockey Team

Note: I re-wrote this article for hockeystrengthandconditioning.com. The writing is way better (obviously I'm so much better at this shit now) and the lessons easier to takeaway. So, just go read this over there. I was incredibly lucky help my hockey team more than just on the ice this year. I think my biggest role … Continue reading What I Learned Training My Own Hockey Team

Restoring Posture In Junior Hockey Players

The first training session with the Vermont Lumberjacks this fall, I asked the group if they’ve ever felt hip flexor or groin pain. Literally every single hand went up. In my role as the strength and conditioning coach for the Vermont Lumberjacks, I’ve been able to witness how over forty 16-20 year old hockey players … Continue reading Restoring Posture In Junior Hockey Players