Hockey Programs

Every hockey player should have an objective and principle behind their training, whether that be increasing muscle mass, becoming a more balanced athlete, or developing a more explosive first stride. Having both long term and short term goals is imperative to program design.

Prime’s integrated sport science programs are the first of its kind. We offer sport specific testing with active, professional specialists and coaches, and deliver a hockey specific off-season program that has repeatedly proven to deliver RESULTS. We offer year round training and development with each session having year specific goals.

Our Spring sessions work towards building healthy, mobile athletes and building size and strength. Our Summer sessions are all about: power, power endurance, and conditioning getting athletes ready for tryouts. The goal of our in-season hockey training is to keep our athletes ‘fresh’ and not overly sore or depleted from the gym. Additionally, our programs are designed to prepare our athletes to be ready and feeling 100% come the weekend, when performance is key.

Program Options

 September 14 – March 12, 2021 

Peewee: Monday 2:30-3:30, Thursday 3:30-4:30, Friday 3:30-4:30 
Midget & Bantam Sessions: Monday/Thursday/Friday 3:30-4:30


An in-season training plan will maintain what our athletes have earned in the off-season.  

During the off-season, we worked at a very high training volume (sets x reps). Our in-season training will be done at a lower volume, while maintaining periods of high intensity. The goal of our in-season hockey training is to keep our athletes ‘fresh’ and not depleted from the gym. Our programs are designed to prepare our athletes to be feeling 100% for the weekend, when performance is key.

 

In-Season Training Goals:

  1. Maintain physical qualities (continue to increase in lesser trained players)
  2. Reverse negative changes in soft-tissue length and quality (via Myofascial release
    techniques & R.O.M)
  3. Facilitate recovery

These goals are important in facilitating sport performance and minimizing the risk of injury.

Below are injury statistics obtained over our six year working with the Nanaimo Clippers Junior ‘A’ team. We are proudly heading into our seventh year as head of player performance for the organization.

*Before Prime’ was in charge of athlete performance and strength and conditioning

2012/13 season: Man games missed due to soft tissue injury: 15
2013/2014 season: Man games missed due to soft tissue injury: 18

*Prime takes over as strength & conditioning and performance coach

2014/2015 season: 1
2015/2016 season: 0
2016/2017 season: 0
2017/2018 season: 0
2018/2019 season: 0
2019/2020 season: 0

That is a 94.5% decrease of soft tissue injury in the first year of Prime’, and 100% decrease the following years.

 

In-Season Training Composition

If a player uses their off-season program and follows it throughout the competitive year, they will be completely overloaded, and burnt-out before Christmas. The off-season is about developing strength and capacity. The in-season is about maintaining capacity, while correctly loading movement patterns that are non-sport specific, and correctly identifying movement patterns that need to be offloaded in order to facilitate injury prevention.

 

Three In-Season Program Changes

 1) Speed and conditioning work is done on the ice

During off-season, we sprint twice per week and condition between 2-3 times per week, depending on the phase. In-season, the players speed and conditioning work should be done on the ice. If players perform drills at a high tempo, they’re getting the most hockey-specific form of speed training possible.

 2) Avoid excessive rotation

This is anti-sport-specific training at its finest. Hockey players rotate several hundred times per week during practices and games, to turn, give and accept passes and hits, shoot, and orient their eyes in a more optimal position to read the play. Like speed work, rotation-based core work should be limited in volume and frequency. During this time, however, it is extremely important to maintain rotation-pattern mobility. Hips and thoracic spine, as well as other areas, tend to stiffen up as the season prolongs. Maintaining mobility is a top priority and should be done as close to daily as possible. In our training setting, we have built our warm-up to encompass these points so we know they’re hitting them every time we see them.

 3) Strength and Power is Key

In general, the physical qualities stressed on the ice during the season are: multi-directional speed, low load power, and work capacity/conditioning. When designing a program that compliments on-ice work, it’s important to consider what qualities ARE NOT being stressed on the ice. Strength and high load power are visibly absent from the list above.

 

ALL in-season work should be LOW volume, but there should be a greater proportion of the total training program allocated to these qualities, than the others which receive more on-ice
attention.

April 6th to June 26th

Peewee: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 3:30-4:30

Bantam: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 4:15-5:30 Friday: 4-5:15pm

Midget: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 4:45-6pm

Junior AM: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 6:45-8am Friday: 7-8:15am

Junior PM: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 6-7:15pm Friday: 5:15-6:30pm

Our compact Spring sessions work towards building healthy, mobile athletes and building size and strength. Become bigger, faster, and more explosive this off season with Prime’ Sport Performance Spring Hockey development camps.

Prime’s integrated sport science programs are the first of its kind. We offer sport specific testing with active, professional specialists and coaches to deliver a hockey specific off-season program that has repeatedly proven to deliver results. Athletes train in small groups creating a motivating, challenging and stimulating team training environment.

Pre and Post program testing (athleticism, reactivity, grip strength, power) provides specific individual data to create a platform for development. Programs are personalized based on each athlete’s needs & goals. We educate our athletes on why we are performing the movements and directly relate them to the game of hockey. This helps to improve performance, education and decrease the likelihood of injury.

June 28th to August 28th

Dryland Training

Peewee: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 3:30-4:30

Bantam: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 4:15-5:30 Friday: 4-5:15pm

Midget: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 4:45-6pm

Junior AM: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 6:45-8am Friday: 7-8:15am

Junior PM: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 6-7:15pm Friday: 5:15-6:30pm

On-Ice Training: TBD

Become bigger, faster, and more explosive this off season with prime’ sport performance hockey development programs.

PRIME’ SPORT PERFORMANCE is a perfect setting for professional, collegiate, junior or minor hockey athletes to make significant improvements in their off-season.

Prime’s integrated sport science programs are the first of its kind. We offer sport specific testing with active, professional specialists and coaches, and deliver a hockey specific off- season
program that has repeatedly proven to deliver results.
Come to Nanaimo’s ‘go to’ performance facility in the hockey community for improving athleticism, agility, speed, strength and power.

The Gold Standard for Athletic Hockey Development

⚡Up to 7 hours per week training at our performance center
⚡Athletes train in small groups creating a motivating, challenging and stimulating team training
environment
⚡Private hockey specific sport yoga
⚡Instructed boxing sessions
⚡Pre and Post program physical testing
⚡Nutrition education to fuel the body for PRIME’ performance
⚡ Mental Preparation coaching and sport psychology seminars

Registration for new and returning participants: