Schenn, Subban and Eberle support Toronto's young, elite players as they
undergo SPARQ testing
TORONTO, May 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, Nike athletes and Team Canada
alumni, Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs, P.K. Subban of the
Montreal Canadiens and Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers, joined a
group of young and aspiring hockey players as they made their way
through a series of drills to determine their individual SPARQ rating.
Today's event is one of several Nike Hockey SPARQ combines taking place
across Ontario this summer, leading up to a championship combine in
August, where the top 25 Nike SPARQ rated elite players will compete
for the title of "The One".
Nike SPARQ testing, used by thousands of athletes worldwide and endorsed
by Hockey Canada, is a dynamic rating system designed to build better
athletes by improving four basic elements of athleticism: Speed, Power, Agility and Endurance. At www.niketraining.ca, athletes can access their SPARQ rating, compare themselves to other
athletes and find a series of unique drills and exercises to help them
improve their overall athleticism.
"Whether it's being used by an elite athlete or a minor league hockey
coach, a SPARQ rating will provide a benchmark for all young players to
begin their off-ice training," says Paul Carson, Vice President of
Player Development, Hockey Canada. "The rating system was used
successfully at the National Junior development camp and we encourage
coaches across the country to use SPARQ as the first step in building
These young competitors will also be introduced to 'The Program' - a 12
week training program developed by 21-year hockey veteran Gary Roberts
and Canada's top hockey trainer Matt Nichol. The Program is an off-ice
training regime designed to take each player's skills to the next
level, ultimately making them more explosive, powerful and dominant on
the ice. The Program is available to all hockey athletes at www.niketraining.ca.
As co-creator of The Program, former Toronto Maple Leaf left winger,
Gary Roberts, now personal trainer to many of the NHL's young stars,
was also on hand to witness the combines and SPARQ rating of hundreds
of elite Toronto hockey players. "By being here today and putting their
skills to the test, these players are demonstrating their commitment to
becoming the best they can be on and off the ice," says Roberts. "It's
no secret that the key to success is dynamic training and now The
Program is available to everyone on www.niketraining.ca to help athletes exceed their potential."
To learn more about The Program and SPARQ please visit www.niketraining.ca.
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