Staying active and training at-home was difficult for even the most dedicated and experienced athletes during the recent shutdown. The lack of equipment, training support and a goal to train for provided a unique challenge.
Brooke White-Lancette, who serves as girls development coordinator for Minnesota Hockey, is a forward for the Minnesota Whitecaps and has two sons in hockey so she had a first-hand view of the trials of training during the shutdown. That perspective motivated her to play a key role in developing Minnesota Hockey’s off-ice training series, and she developed a series of videos showing exercises kids can do at home.
“Whether you’re working on power, balance, extensions, your stride, all of those things you can mimic and do off-ice what you would do on-ice,” said White-Lancette. “It’s a way to keep your legs strong and building those strength, balance and power exercises.”
Thankfully, players around the state are now able to gather for training sessions whether they’re on- or off-ice, but many of the off-ice activities and exercises players utilized over the past few months can provide significant benefits throughout the year.
“Just like you add in other sports to make you more athletic, more agile, working your hand-eye coordination, off-ice training works your body in different facets of things,” said White Lancette. “You’re still working the same principles, just in ways that challenge you differently, which is always good.”
“You want to try to do things that challenge you. Working on things you’re not good at can be hard, but if you work on those things, it will often translate onto the ice. That’s the biggest thing is building confidence at the younger ages. If you need to work on your stick handling, even taking time two or three days a week, the more you do off-ice the better you will be on-ice. That translates to confidence and being comfortable on the ice.”
Below are videos featuring White-Lancette, her kids and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Maddie Rooney that provide young players a variety of off-ice training exercises that help develop skating skills, strength, speed and agility.