Coaches Influence Recognized
Strength and conditioning coaches generally accept that theirs is an important yet mostly anonymous role within a team or sport. That’s what makes it so much more remarkable to see a strength coach appear on a list of powerful and influential.
The January, 2014 edition of The Hockey News contains a special sixteen page section about the most influential and powerful people in the sport of ice hockey. The magazine’s ranking of the 100 most “People of Power and Influential” includes league commissioners, heads of national federations, coaches, players and a strength coach – Andy O’Brien.
The thirty-five year-old from Calgary is eighty fifth on The Hockey News’ elite list. Noted for his work with some of the sports’ biggest stars such as Pittsburgh Penguins’ sensation Sidney Crosby, O’Brien is renowned for his innovative programs. O’Brien incorporates many pieces of Keiser equipment into his training regimens.
In addition to the games’ biggest stars, O’Brien has also trained Olympic swimming champion Dara Torres and World figure skating champion Patrick Chan. He was formerly the head strength coach of the NHL’s Florida Panthers.
A number of O’Brien protégé’s serve as head strength and conditioning coaches for teams in the National Hockey League.