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This story from the Toronto Sun's Michael Traikos is particularly interesting, because it lifts the veil over a summertime's worth of NHL training that isn't all carrying kettlebells and circuit training--mostly because players tend to "lose their shape" over the course of an 82-game season:
Emaciated bodies need recovery time. So players are told to stay out of the gym for the first few weeks and get back to a normal sleep schedule. Eight months of staying up late to play games, traveling at all hours of the night, while eating post-game meals of chicken wings and pizza, not to mention the mental stress of competing at the highest level, takes its toll. The summer is about building the body back up, piece by piece.
“The first half of the summer, we’re just trying to get these guys into alignment,” said [Biosteel Sports' Matt] Nichol. “For some, training camp hits and they just ditch their strength training and just hold on. A lot of the guys will show up at the end of the season like they haven’t had a solid meal.”
The off-season is split into four parts. The first month involves transition and recovery. Depending on specific diets catered towards the age of the player and how long his season was. Gary Roberts, who trains Steven Stamkos, Mark Scheifele and James Neal, ships in his favourite spring food from Italy and has Nature’s Emporium prepare organic meals for his clients.
“I’m an extremist when it comes this nutrition part and the holistic part and the whole foods part,” said Roberts. “I’m not a big supplement guy. I don’t push four shakes a day, like guys say I did.”
Players usually don’t lift weights for the first month. But they might do gymnastics-based training, like rolling and tumbling and even head to a nearby playground to climb on the monkey bars.
“If you see all these guys in January or February, they’re all walking like ducks, because their IT band is fused. You need to recover from that,” said Beyond The Next Level’s Dan Ninkovich, who trains John Tavares and Sam Gagner. “People used to train for exercise. Now they train for the movement. A healthy player is the best player. Not the player who can squat 500 pounds.”
As the summer progresses, players go from recovery training to building strength, then turning that strength into power and speed. By the end of August, it is about conditioning.
from Darren Heitner at Forbes,
In 2005, the NHL — the league that BioSteel first cracked — implemented league-wide drug testing with its new collective bargaining agreement. According to Celenza, “Before that, guys were taking everything under the sun.”
At that time, Matt Nichol was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs and basically the point of contact for anyone in the NHL looking for advice on nutrition.
“Following the new CBA, Matt then calls all the supplemental nutrition companies that are supplying the Leafs and says, ‘We have drug testing now. Not only do I need your drug testing documentation but proof that what is on your label is in your product,’” Celenza recalled. “Not one company could get back to him with any documentation. He said, ‘My players’ reputation is on the line. My reputation is on the line. What do I do?’”
The Maple Leafs then suggested Nichol create his own product — and he did just that. Over the years, Nichol tweaked the product based on responses from some of his athletes. Together, Nichol and Celenza co-founded BioSteel, with Nichol and a team of scientists ultimately forming a safe supplement for professional and Olympic athletes.
Fast-forward to 2009, and a childhood buddy of Celenza’s — current Calgary Flames forward and alternate captain, Michael Cammalleri — began training with Nichol. After numerous workout sessions that also involved consuming BioSteel product, Cammalleri was sold. Much of the NHL followed thereafter. Cammalleri finally found a steady and consistent source of energy in BioSteel, which includes no sugar, artificial flavors or preservatives in its products.
You’re a professional hockey player, it’s summer, and you have to stay in shape. What to do, what to do. As has been discussed on Kukla’s Korner over the past week, and on various other forums across the web, Carey Price has spent much of his off-season practicing his rodeo tricks, even competing in a cattle rustling event a few weeks ago. Quite the adventurous summer for the unsigned Mr. Price, especially when compared to the great Canadian traditions of lake-sitting, light swimming, barbecuing and beverage consumption – all wonderful activities to help beat the heat. This got me wondering what other Montreal Canadiens have been up to over the past few months - so I did a little digging.
First off, the neat stuff. PK Subban and Mike Cammalleri were part of a weeklong hockey camp for Biosteel, a performance energy drink Cammalleri has discussed as being a big part of his game. Subban and Cammalleri were featured in some videos that appeared via Twitter last week, discussing their strength training at length and, you guessed it, the importance of Biosteel. It may just be me, but the name Biosteel always reminds me of Power Sauce, the sole reason Homer Simpson was able to climb the Murderhorn (More on that here: Homer Climbs the Murderhorn.