While one of the most important focal points of the Utica Jr. Comets Elite Organization is the on-ice skill development, we believe a strong emphasis should be put on developing off the ice as well. Our young athletes participating in a progressive, 3-phase training program with focus on, balance, core, endurance, agility, quick-feet and ramping up to power and explosiveness. This will ultimately carry over to the on-ice development of each individual player. Having a strong foundation of off-ice workouts will be instrumental as each player gets older and begins to transition and prepare for the next levels of hockey.
As members of the Utica Jr. Comets Elite program, players will have access to first class training facilities. All off-ice workouts will take place at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, in the workout facility used by the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets. This is just another example of our young athletes getting the same treatments as our professional hockey players in our organization.
Workouts have been created and implemented by Jr. Comets Hockey Director, Bill Horton.
Bill is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer (NASM-CPT), with specializations in Performance Enhancement (PES), Corrective Exercise (CES) and Fitness Nutrition (FNS).
Bill operated his own hockey training company in Minnesota for 4 years before joining the Comets – his players have ranged from the NHL, AHL, NCAA I and III, USHL, NAHL, WHL, OHL and elite Minnesota High School players.
Every Jr. Comets team receives 1 hour of off-ice dryland training per week.