What does your in-season off-ice condition regiment consist of? How much time do you spend pounding iron?
– Michael J. Kostka, Essexville, Mich.
Michael, my off-season regiment consists of almost all weight training. A typical five-day routine, Day 1 Â– arms; Day 2 Â– morning, legs, afternoon, shoulders; Day 3 – off, Day 4 – torso, Day 5 Â– off. Repeat. Programs need to be changed monthly. Weight training needs to be done correctly in order to make gains. During the season I try to stay with a maintenance program, but it can be difficult with the amount of games, and days rest.
How do you get out of droughts in your play?
– Clinton Bergmann, Skandia, Mich.
Clinton, getting out of droughts is something we all have to overcome. I try to work hard and continue playing my game. If I’m getting chances to score I know it’s just a matter of time before pucks start going in for me.
Does Jacques Lemaire ever tell stories about his days with Montreal?
– Trevor Bazinet, Goderich, Ont.
Trevor, Jacques doesn’t talk about the old days too often.
How did you get such a powerful shot?
– Morgan Smith, Plano, Tex.
Morgan, I use to practice my shot when I was young. Proper technique is important to develop a powerful shot.
What is the most difficult part about playing away games?
– Paul Zushma, South Plainfield, N.J.
Paul, the most difficult thing about playing on the road is that the home team can feed off the fans and sometimes play at higher levels.
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