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Yoga for Hockey Players
Common injuries hockey players are experiencing have resulted from a combination of excessive exercise, lack of recovery time, and the inability to properly stretch pre and post games.

So if you're a hockey player yourself, whether league or pick-up, here are 5 essential yoga moves to stay healthy and better your game.

1. Thread the Needle

All hockey players know that the main muscle group used during hockey is the legs. Hip flexors, in particular, are strained during overuse and repetitive motions. This type of strain occurs typically during skating, and abrupt starts and stops. This pose is used to stretch the hip flexor muscles, while avoiding tension in the upper body into the neck areas. Thread the needle allows for hockey players to soften areas of tension (hip flexors, groin) and create length and opening through these muscles.

ThreadTheNeedle

2. Warrior I

Alongside the hips, the quads take a lot of abuse during the game of hockey. Warrior I is an ideal pose for all athletes, specifically hockey players. It allows for you to stretch out the quadriceps while strengthening the legs. Stronger legs make strong skaters, stronger skaters make for better scoring opportunity!

Warrior 1

3. Plank

Different parts of the game of hockey require different strengths and areas of the body. Plank pose, which focuses primarily on the upper body and core, is a beneficial pose for hockey players. The upper body strength obtained in plank could attribute to a harder shot, firmer passes, and better hits! The core, which stabilized the entire body allows for hockey players to develop a strong center of gravity to help keep them on two feet.

Plank


4. Warrior II

Warrior II is the complete package for a hockey player. It helps to strengthen the thighs, open the hips, and improves stamina (opening the chest and lungs), while stretching and strengthening the groin area. For big hitters and the tough guys, you will maintain a solid grounding and stability.

Warrior 2


5. Baddha Konasana

This pose works to stretch the inner thighs, groins and knees. For hockey players, this is a dream pose. Although it may not seem like a ton of exertion, it works to increase blood circulation in the lower abdomen, and calm the nervous system. As any hockey player would know, especially those in the NHL, the game moves at rapid pace, and it is the calmest players who make the best plays!

Buddha

 

Thank you to all the players who participated in our Member Hockey Tournament March 2nd - 7th. After all of the Tournament games, Team Black gets the bragging rights and their names on the Tournament trophy. 

Congratulations to Team Black - Bruce Boyd, Jay Comeault, Derek Cumming, Stephen Dubienski, Dave Kozuska, Matthew Kroeker, Jim Krovats, Connor Stewart, Christos Vasilarakis, Geoff Westdal, Nathan Krovats (sub), Keenan Stewart (sub), Jeff Derocquigney (sub)

GROUP SKATING LESSON END DATE

The final dates of group skating classes are coming up on Saturday, March 21st and Monday, March 23rd.

 

With the Member Hockey Tournament runninng this week, there is no General Skate or General Hockey on Saturday, March 7th

GROUP SKATING LESSON END DATE

Only a couple weeks left of Group Skating lessons! Our final dates are Saturday, March 21st and Monday, March 23rd

Teams are drafted and all tournament information will be sent to our participants this afternoon! Come out and cheer on your fellow members next week March 2nd, 5th and 7th as they battle it out for bragging rights and their name on the Member Hockey Tournament trophy.

GROUP SKATING LESSONS

Our Group Skating classes end on Saturday, March 21st and Monday, March 23rd. This is the last session until September. If you still want to skate this spring and summer, contact Jessica Barsky to find out about Private or Semi-Private lessons.

Our Annual Member Hockey Tournament will be taking place March 2nd - 7th! Tournament game days will be on Monday, March 2nd, Thursday, March 5th and Saturday, March 7th. Food and complimentary beverage on Thursday, March 5th

Game Times

Monday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm and 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm and 8:15 pm  - 9:15 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm and 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Final game played Saturday at 3:00 pm

Mark your calendars and get registered!

The Member Hockey Tournament is for Members 18+ of all abilities who love the game! Different than our regular pick-up hockey games, our tournament games are fully refereed and we play stop time.

Register online, in your locker room or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
When you register, we ask that you include an approximate player rating as once registration closes, your Member Hockey Committee and I will draft your tournament teams as fairly as possible.

Cost: $40