Apr 13, 2015BU Hockey Workouts Pay Off
Boston University’s men’s ice hockey team made it to the National Championship game just one year after going 10-21-4, and the work of Strength and Conditioning Coach Anthony Morando was a big reason why.
As highlighted in a story on USCHO.com, a new approach to summer and in-season workouts allowed Morando to modify the workloads for individual players based on the amount of ice time they receive, in the hopes of keeping them more fresh during games.
“If a player is playing 16-17 minutes per game, we’re doing less workouts during the week and doing more to maintain them during the week,” he said. “The mid-range players have a little bit more volume and strength, and we make sure the guys further down the lineup are getting even more volume so they can step in if we need them.”
The squad has also stressed reinforcing good habits throughout the season to help players manage the long schedule. As a result of these changes, the Terriers’ have been excelling at a time when most teams are fatigued. Heading into the Frozen Four, the team had outscored opponents by 48 goals in the third period and overtime.
“We’re extremely resilient,” said Morando, “and nobody on this team gives up. When you look at this team from a physiological standpoint, everything is prolonged, and it all starts with the work ethic.”