Fitness & Off-Ice Training
Total Player Development
MB Ice Arena is home to Total Player Development (TPD), the Chicago area’s first specialized off-ice hockey training center. It is led by Daniel Carcillo, an 11-year NHL veteran, two-time Stanley Cup winner and leading advocate for off-ice training in youth hockey. Carcillo credits off-ice training for his leap from undersized AA player into a top junior as well as his durability and ability to recover from injuries during his NHL career.
The Blackhawks know the critical role off-ice training plays in player development, injury prevention and postgame recovery. MB Ice Arena features an expansive public training area outfitted with professional-grade equipment and turf. In addition to strength and conditioning, players can hone shooting and stickhandling skills on the same RapidShot Hockey Training System used by the Blackhawks.
Serious players receive ample opportunities to work on skating, skills and positional play, but rarely balance that with a proper level of off-ice training. TPD’s programming connects the dots between on-ice and off-ice, teams and individuals, in-season and offseason. By employing advanced diagnostics, TPD can design personalized off-ice programs that accelerate and raise the ceiling on player development.
TPD’s holistic system spans the player experience from nutrition, training and performance to recovery. Carcillo built upon the Canadian model he trained on as a player with progressive functional movement conditioning techniques, which are now seeing rapid adoption in professional and collegiate sports. The ultimate goal is to prepare the body and train the brain to produce consistent, precise and powerful movement patterns.
- Holistic System: nutrition, training, performance, recovery
- Diagnostics: functional movement screening, on-ice video analysis, shooting simulator
- Programming: personalized, team, group, youth, adult
Daniel Carcillo, Player Director: Carcillo works with clubs and individuals to evaluate players and identify training opportunities, and then participates directly in player training and development. Following 11 years in the NHL, Carcillo operated a studio rink and training center; ran clinics, camps, and private training sessions; and coached for Team Illinois. He now serves as the U15 head coach for Chicago Mission and as Player Director for the Chicago Stallions youth organization.
Jim Reeves, Training Programs: Jim brings extensive experience in player diagnostics and off-ice training programs to design individual, group and team workout plans. Jim is a certified athletic therapist, strength and conditioning specialist and functional movement screener with 19 years of experience with the Sudbury Wolves, Belleville Bulls and Saginaw Spirit, training more than 100 players who have been selected in the NHL Draft. He now serves as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads and operates The Athlete’s Zone, an offseason training facility for numerous for NHL, OHL and NCAA players.
For more information, contact Tim Nelson at 312-307-8809.
Skills Training Area
The skills training area is a unique room in the facility that is one of a kind in Chicagoland. It features two patented RapidShot Hockey Training Systems, which automatically pass and collect pucks. There are eight pass speeds and intervals for all skill levels to train snap shots, wrist shots, backhands and one-timers. RapidShot is the only professional shooting system in the world that measures accuracy, shot speed and reaction time, leading the way in hockey skills training and analytics. The space also features synthetic ice that can be used for stick-handling drills and training.
The skills training area is perfect for a variety of uses. It can be used by elite-level teams for shooting and stick-handling skill development. The room can also be used for private lessons and coaching sessions. Finally, the skills training area makes a great team outing or addition to any birthday party package.
Learn more about RapidShot at the Rapid Shot Homepage