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Sean Skahan -Minnesota Wild -003



On this episode Mat speaks with Sean Skahan, Strength and Conditioning coach for the Minnesota Wild. Sean talks to us about how young athletes should treat training off the ice, from strength training to mobility and flexibility exercises. We also discuss being a diverse athlete, the detriments of specializing early and the differences between Massachusetts and Minnesota youth hockey models. Sean and his wife are raising a family of their own, and enjoying the Minnesota landscape which is full of ponds for outdoor skating. Sean is the author of the book “Total Hockey Training.” To learn more about Sean and to buy a copy, click here http://seanskahan.com.

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Wachusett HS Coach Matt Lane -001



In the 2018-19 school year, Matt Lane led his team to the MA State High School championship. In this episode, he discusses the player development, team culture and hockey IQ that contributed to winning the title. Are we over-emphasizing skills instead of focusing on teaching the game? Listen in as Mat Riley asks the coach his thoughts on the challenges facing everyone involved with youth hockey today.

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