Kings blog Mayors Manor has a very interesting and revealing
interview with private strength and conditioning coach Chad Moreau
today, that sheds some light on some issues that the Oilers and other
NHL teams have dealt with regarding the fitness of NHL players
Chad is the older brother of Ethan Moreau and before entering the
private sector, was the strength and conditioning coach for four
seasons, starting in 2005 when he was hired to re-work the conditioning
program for the players. \
n the lengthy and extremely interesting interview, Moreau says that
it was Chris Pronger that helped him find a perfect balance for
conditioning during the season:
So, having Pronger almost demand that he gets time in the room to
train and work on his fitness benefited the whole team because the coach
would say ‘Look, if we’re going to give Pronger the day off the ice,
why dont we do the same thing for some of our veteran players?’ So,
sometimes I’d have 9 or 10 guys in the weight room. The only thing they
would do that day was train in the room.
He goes on to say that after Pronger left and the team became younger
— and started to lose — the team started to focus more on taking the
ice during the season instead of getting work done in the weight room.
Moreau says that because players spend less and less time working out
during the season, especially Western conference teams with brutal
schedules, that teams are losing strength as the season progresses.
Moreau also addresses criticisms by Pat Quinn on his time time as
conditioning coach, supposedly pointing the finger at the former coach
for the team’s struggles this past season.
First off, let me say that I’ve never met Pat Quinn or
had a chance to speak with him about this. However, to criticize the
strength and conditioning coaches I think is unfair. The coach needs to
share some of the blame in that becuase a team that isn’t fit by the
end of the year…the coaching staff has the ultimate control over how
much time a player spends in the weight room. So, I somewhat look at
that with a grain of salt.
In the interview, he also addresses Souray’s claim that he was forced
to return from shoulder surgery too soon, how players can approach the
off-season workout program and how lost man-games does not necessarily
translate to on ice success or failure — it’s the overall conditioning
of the team that counts.