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xHockey Performance Academy: Basic Plyometrics

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Also known as jump training, plyometrics are used to develop speed, quickness and power. They exercise muscles to exert maximum force in short intervals of time.

As Ben Shear states in the following video, some plyometric training focuses solely on power, but today, we focus on speed and quickness.

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Ed Chadwick–Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication

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Ed ChadwickI wanted to play for the Maple Leafs for as long as I can remember, but with my handicap (Ed was born with a club foot that required wearing an apparatus made from steel and leather on his foot for the first few years of his life), I never thought I would. It was always my dream, even though I knew the chances were practically none. I never even started in organized hockey until I was 13 because I couldn’t skate well. But the Leafs, especially the dream of playing for them, meant everything to me. That goal kept me going.

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Brent Burns – Runaway Contribution Leader at the Turn

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The San Jose Sharks can breathe a sigh of relief that Brent Burns has not only avoided the post (mega) contract hangover but has focused on proving he is worth every penny of the 8-year deal he signed in November.

Forty games into the 16/17 season, he is leading all NHL defensemen in overall contribution and is a huge 19.4% ahead of second place.

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