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Intense Hockey Training Program

2017 IHT Fall Phase 3 Registration Now Available

Intense Hockey Training Mission

The Intense Hockey Training (IHT) Program’s mission is to provide the dedicated hockey player with a progressive and structured, educational and innovative hockey-specific training program that encourages and motivates the individual to reach their highest playing potential and beyond.

The Intense Hockey Training Program is structured for individuals playing at the Squirt, Peewee, U10/U12, Bantam, High School Boys, High School Girls/U15, College, Junior levels through NHL.

All sessions are held at Total Hockey Minnesota, Lakeville MN.

Why Intense Hockey Training?

Our 2017 IHT program will provide players with a professionally run development program.  The IHT provides both on-ice and off-ice training components with additional emphasis on individual player development.

  • Athletes Train in Small Groups
  • Active and Hands-On Coaching with an Attention to Detail
  • Teach, Coach, and Mentor our Athletes
  • Challenging, Motivating & Inspiring Training Environment

Our coaching staff takes an invested interest in your player.  We evaluate the athletes and determine what their strengths and weaknesses are.  We then make sure that both we as coaches and the players understand where exactly they are as far as their development.  Emphasizing their strengths and working on their weaknesses, we set out with the goal of maximizing their potential giving them the best chance of playing at the highest level possible. 

Professional Staff

Our IHT program is managed and run by a team of experienced coaches with backgrounds that include extensive playing careers and years of success in coaching and player development. 

Pete Talafous

General Manager / Lead On and Off Ice Coach

Kyle Rains

IHT Director / Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach

Ryan Kulenkamp

Lead On Ice Coach

Brett Mory

Lead Coach

Nick Adamek

Lead On Ice Coach


Pete Talafous

General Manager

Phone: 952-469-2218

Kyle Rains

IHT Program Director

Phone: 952-469-2218

Training Overview

On-Ice Training


We provide a high-intensity on-ice curriculum, implemented each day by our professional staff. Our on-ice training focuses on speed, intensity, puck movement, small area games, battles, and competitions.  In addition, we include individual skill development to better allow our athletes the ability to incorporate their individual skills into the overall development and game situations created during on-ice training.

  • Focus on all Hockey Skills
  • Skating Quickness, Speed, and Agility
  • Improve Players' Ability to Play Smart and Hard in all kinds of Game-Like Situations
  • Hockey IQ and Game Concepts
  • Compete Drills

Strength Training


Our focus is on the development of hockey-specific strength and conditioning.  Training will focus on the proper technique and execution of the exercises and drills necessary to develop the athletes' core muscle groups through the use of resistance training and conditioning.  The goal is to develop all eight fitness abilities that will take the athlete to the next level- endurance, strength, power, coordination, speed, agility, balance, and flexibility

  • Core Strength and Stability
  • Lower and Upper Body Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Improve Power and Quickness on the Ice
  • Increase Aerobic and Anaerobic Capacity
  • Exercises Specific to the On-Ice Demands of a Hockey Player

Off-Ice/Dryland Training


Our focus is on the development of hockey-specific skills and functional movement.  Training will focus on shooting strength, technique and accuracy, stickhandling, slideboard stride power and development, and first step quickness.  In addition to skills, developing the athlete's awareness of their body in space as they grow through low-intensity, body-weighted, functional movement in association with the seven primal movement patterns; squat, lunge, push, pull, twist, bend, and gait.

  • Shooting (mechanics, accuracy, quick release, vision)
  • Stickhandling
  • Slideboards (form, stride strength, multi-tasking)
  • Functional Movement
  • Speed, Agility, and Quickness