As team ice practices approach beginning August, Freeze players are actively participating in off-ice exercise and stamina building training sessions. Dryland strength and conditioning prepares a player to get in the best physical shape before hitting the ice. Players investing their time and effort into training will be rewarded come season start with the physical edge needed to compete.
This season’s dryland sessions have been planned, coordinated, and run by Mike Masotti, a returning Freeze coach who will be heading both the 18UA Blue team and the Bantam B team for the 2016-17 travel season. Coach Masotti is currently the varsity head coach for Morris Catholic High School’s ice hockey program. Prior to leading the MCHS Crusaders, he had coached the varsity ice hockey squad at Parsippany Regional High School.
Dryland training being conducted at Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury combine the critical ABC’S of athletics (Agility, Balance, Coordination, and Speed) together with strength and stamina work. Players also gain a great sense of comradery working hard together, exhausting their energy to execute drills and perform to the best of their abilities… something that will be mirrored on the ice in practices and games as the season approaches.
Players are excited to hit the ice soon and prove their enthusiasm at each dryland training session. We wish all teams the best of success, fun, and competitive determination for the 2016-17 season! Good luck to all…
Article by Carmen Spagnuolo
Photos provided by Nancy Zaklukiewicz / Carmen Spagnuolo
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