Stride length training offers hockey players the chance to have their “breakout” year because if they have never trained it properly before, this type of training can turn a good athlete into a great athlete.
It’s very well established in sports science that getting stronger can improve your overall functional outputs and lead to an enhanced athletic performance. Hockey players need to be strong if they want to optimize their potential, there’s no question about it.
There is a reason every NHL team has a strength and conditioning program and why statements like “weight training makes you unathletic and slow” are completely dead in modern times. To put three more nails in the coffin, here are three reasons why hockey players would benefit immensely from weight training and how that transfers to a better overall on-ice performance.