2017 has been an incredible year for Power Edge Pro and its athletes. Joe and the PEP team would like to take a moment to outline some of the major accomplishments of PEP athletes and teams throughout the past 12 months.
First and foremost, a huge congratulations to Connor McDavid on his 3 major awards for performance during the 2016-17 NHL season. Connor took home the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the Players Association, the Hart Memorial Trophy for the player judged most valuable to his team, and the Art Ross Trophy for leading point scorer during the regular season. He was also unveiled as the EA Sports NHL 2018 cover player. Although Connor was gracious in accepting these awards, he implied that his ultimate goal remains winning a Stanley Cup. We have no doubt you will be there soon, Connor! Connor has been training with PEP for over 10 years, and continues to actively use the program to this day.
We would also like to recognize two major team accomplishments. The Nashville Predators won the Western Conference Championship for the first time in its history, and was just two wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. PEP began working with Scott Nichol and Nashville’s player development team during the 2016-17 season. We would also like to congratulate the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL on their Calder Cup Championship. PEP began working with Shawn Horcoff and the Detroit Red Wing‘s player development team, including working with the AHL-affiliate Griffins, during the 2016-17 season. PEP also trained with Nashville and Detroit’s top prospects this summer, running multiple sessions throughout both teams’ rookie camps.
In August, PEP hosted its first ever Pro Camp, bringing together 24 of the NHL’s best players and rising stars, including Connor McDavid, John Tavares, Taylor Hall, Dylan Larkin, and many more. Rising stars included 16 year old Jack Hughes and standout NHL rookie Alex DeBrincat. Click here for the video recap, and take note of how many of these players have had incredible starts to their seasons.
With all of this success, the media world could not help but take notice of PEP. The company has received some outstanding media coverage, including great articles in national and international media outlets. Click here to read the Sports Illustrated coverage and click here for the Globe and Mail article. Check out our Twitter and Instagram for even more great media coverage.
PEP has also been working with Brock University’s Dr. Kelly Lockwood to better understand the science of reactive countering training. “Game play requires the player to execute skills in small areas, with traffic, under pressure, reactively with speed and accuracy. PEP trains the demands of the game,” said Dr. Lockwood. She also notes that players participating in PEP trainings were soon able to complete PEP drills ~10% faster, whereas players participating in traditional on-ice practices did not increase speed of execution for traditional drills. To see a summary of her findings to date, please click here.
Looking to the future, a number of PEP athletes are showing incredible promise as they make the next step in their hockey careers. Specifically, Connor McClennon of the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep went 2nd overall in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft to the Kootenay Ice. For a great interview with Connor, please see our blog post from April 4th. Moving East, despite declaring he would be joining the USA Hockey development program for the 2017-18 season, PEP athlete Jack Hughes still went 8th overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection to the Mississauga Steelheads. Jack is described as one of the most exciting players in this year’s draft and as, “an excellent skater that uses his edges well and is very elusive and hard to contain.” Trademark elements of the PEP skillset which the PEP Team is very proud to have helped Jack develop. Click here to see one of Jack’s many highlight reel goals with the USNDP this season. Congratulations to you both; undoubtedly incredible hockey futures ahead!
To cap off 2017 and start 2018 on the right foot, Power Edge Pro has become an official sponsor of the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York. Look out for top PEP athletes Sam Steel and Taylor Raddysh on Team Canada along with Quinn Hughes and Kailer Yamamoto on Team USA, among many others. After an amazing outdoor game yesterday, it feels like Team Canada and Team USA are destined to meet again in the medal round.
PEP is first and foremost a grassroots training system; combining skill development with fun, engaging practices at the minor hockey level is PEP’s primary purpose. With this in mind, PEP is very pleased to announce a ground-breaking partnership with Hockey Alberta. PEP is now the official skill development partner of Hockey Alberta, and will be an integral part of developing the province’s game from the grassroots level up to its elite programs. As the home of PEP ambassador Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, we could not think of a better fit! Click here to view the official press release.
Despite these tremendous accolades, what the Power Edge Pro team values most is seeing the improvement of its youngest players over the course of the season. From the PEP Academy in Toronto, to the countless camps and clinics run by our certified instructors across North America, to the players using PEP at every team practice through PEP Association Partnerships, the growth and development we have seen amongst our young PEP athletes is truly remarkable, and is a testament to the effectiveness of the PEP system when coupled with the hard work of determined young athletes.
Great work in 2017, PEP Nation. We cannot wait to see what is in store for 2018.