In the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Team Canada’s top line consisted of Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron. The result? A Team Canada triumph with all three players having a memorable tournament. One year later, Marchand and Crosby show us why hard work during the offseason is tremendously important to reach the success they have in their careers.
The following video shows Crosby and Marchand working their tails off in a puck-battle drill, keeping their legs pumping and upper bodies moving as hard as they would be in a real-game situation.
Sidney Crosby and Brad Marchand doing puck battles 👀: pic.twitter.com/15AglzA0i1
— From The Faceoff (@FromTheFaceoff) August 21, 2017
This is not a team-mandated practice (as you can imagine, since both players are on opposite teams). As we have stressed at Everything Hockey in the past, offseason training is vital to any player’s regime in order to be the best they can be during the season. Taking the summer off gets your body out of sync and requires a large allotment of time to return to game shape. Sure, the summer should be spent relaxing a bit to make sure you are ready to take on the rigors of a long hockey season, but hitting the ice a few times per week and generally working out will keep your head focused and body ready for the physicality of the sport.
Watch how Crosby and Marchand explode onto the NHL stats pages to open the season and you’ll understand why difficult offseason training is vital to the game.
If you’re looking for some solid offseason workout ideas (although the season is quickly approaching), check out some of our videos from Lee Elias, hockey trainer and Hockey WrapAround creator. He shows you how some of the most fun workouts can actually bring a huge upside to your game during the upcoming season.
Photo courtesy NHL.com
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