Author Archives: tdoig

Short Term Loss = Long Term Gain.

Hey everyone, Tyler here – Today I would usually be gearing up all morning for my afternoon workout with Maria. Unfortunately, I am feeling under the weather and have been for the past few days. Instead of throwing weights around (with proper technique of course) in the RevCon gym, I am laid up on the […]

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  • November 13, 2012

Hockey Speed Strategies During Practice

Another awesome guest post from Coach Tyler today.  I love the idea of individual practice within a team practice.  Check out this simple strategy that will boost your speed. Hockey Speed Strategies With most of your seasons well under way, I thought now would be a great time to post some tips on hockey speed training […]

Sharpen Your Skates… Sharpen Your Skills

Another guest post from Revolution Sport Conditioning coach (and former OHL/AHL’er) Tyler Doig.  Today he shares his insight into something I know nothing about – skate sharpening.  Since skates are the interface between your powerful legs and the ice, you better check this out and see what might work better for you.  Just remember that […]

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  • August 14, 2012

How to survive (and thrive at) your first OHL training camp.

Some of you will get drafted to the OHL and some of you won’t. In the end, it doesn’t matter the route that you take to the OHL. From my own experience of being a walk-on invitee, I am proof that you don’t have to be drafted to play in the OHL. What really matters is how you prepare yourself and execute when the opportunity comes.

Every year, hockey players make the jump to the OHL from many different avenues. Some come from Jr B, Jr C or Jr D, while others make the jump from AAA. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with certain situations is going to give you the edge when you head off to your first OHL training camp in August.

When you head off to camp you are going to have to adjust on the ice as well as off it. Moving away from home, living with another family and transferring to a new school are just a few of the major adjustments you will have to make, but don’t worry, I am here to help. I am going to give you 5 tips on how to make your transition to the OHL go as smoothly as possible.

Beer League Goalie Basic Training

Just because you are no longer competing for the starter’s role on a junior team and you have let go of the dream that you will get the call from an NHL team any time soon, I know that does not mean that you have lost your competitive streak.

It’s okay, it is not a secret. You can tell your friends and family that you are only out there for ‘fun’, I think we all know what you mean by ‘fun’. Winning = FUN.

Sure, you might not smash your stick over the cross bar any more (with maturity you are painfully aware that those things cost money) after a loss. You are a little more gracious now, but you are still out there to win. You don’t mind at all when you steal a game for your team and your unbelievable glove save at 17:23 of the third is the main topic of discussion in the dressing room after the game.

Well guys and gals, this one is for you – it is Basic Training for the Beer League Goalie. If you have been away from off-ice training for a while – maybe you are carrying a few extra pounds around your middle; you are concerned that starting a training program may be too much. The last thing you want to do is hurt yourself by going back to the type of training you knew as a younger you.

You remember hitting the gym in college for some heavy squats, bench press, bench press, bench press and a few sets of curls. You picture those workouts now and your knees ache just thinking about the weight you used to put up.

While you may not be ready for heavy squats, I have put together this off-ice workout for beer league goalies that will address what you need the most – flexibility, stability and goalie specific strength.

You can split the workout into a Mobility day and a Strength & Stability day which will make each workout last about 10-15 minutes. If you do two Mobility workouts per week and two Strength & Stability workouts per week you will be shocked at how much better you feel on the ice.

You will be shocked by how much quicker your lateral movements feel. At how your legs don’t feel like they are filled by lead after the first two periods and you will be pleasantly surprised when your hips don’t ache the morning after every game.