development of strength, power, speed and agility is a key aspect of hockey. Simply skating at practice will not push players to the next level. Off-ice training is essential to complement every hockey program from squirt players all the way up to the NHL and even recreation leagues.
dryland is the only chance players will get to rebalance their bodies to help prevent injuries and improve sport performance. With skating and shooting (on one side of the body) muscles develop imbalances that must be corrected in order to stay injury free. Additionally, with the increased muscle mass/strength this provides a protection (much like armor) for players.
improve self confidence on the ice during practices and games. If skills can be practiced more often (such as stickhandling, shooting, face-offs, etc.) players will develop more confidence in their abilities when on the ice.
dryland training gives players and coaches the chance to enhance strong areas and work on weak areas that is not possible on the ice.
with increased fitness levels from dryland training players will improve overall health, sleeping patterns and resistance to sickness.