Tag: Altrincham Jets


Jets prove their mettle against Canadiens

The Jets had the honour and privilege of meeting 4 times Stanley Cup winner  Yvon Lambert on our training session recently. So when we were also offered the challenge of playing against his well seasoned, professionally coached Montreal Canadiens who travel around the globe playing against teams of all nationalities and levels we pretty much bit their French Canadian hands off.

The Jets all assembled in the bar of Altrincham Ice Rink giving the locker room space to our esteemed guests. As each of us turned up we discussed and joked how we were going to get annihilated by the foreign visitors but settled on the notion it was going to be a good experience and a bit of fun. We were told by the ref that we weren’t allowed slapshots so naturally we all looked at Patrik, Patrik looked at himself with inwards reflection whilst he tried to remember what a wrist shot was.

We gathered round the boards waiting for the ice to dry whilst one of their players pointed out the tiny, novelty net they’d brought with them to give us a chance. Out of respect we laughed because… well you’re respectful of your elders.

The Jets rose to the task ahead, each line playing in succinct fashion, passes on tape, players marked, shots sniped. This caused some frustration for the visitors and the pre-agreed style of play went two sheets to the wind meaning the Jets had to defend and become more physical. This we did and ultimately after a strong 2-0 lead by the visitors Jets retaliated with goals from Jake Harrison, Milan Branik and Alex Towns taking the final score to 3-2 to the Jets. MVP went to netminder Steph Drinkwater after a stellar display between the pipes!

The evening was both exciting and humbling and we extend our thanks to the Canadiens for the opportunity to play against them and Laurie Tebb for organising.

Jets 3 – Canadiens 2


An update & Off Ice Workout

A bit of an update from the Jets and some workout tips…

It’s been a while since we’ve had a post up on the site, if you play rec hockey or follow it you know summer is the busiest time for us. We’ve had head coach James Ashton putting us through our paces on training sessions to ensure we’re all ready for the upcoming games. We’ve entered into the annual Swindow rec hockey tournament taking place over Sat 5th & Sun 6th August with the intention of picking up silverware! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for fixtures, it’s always free to watch. Jake Harrison (Of the Jets, no official title but proper committed ‘helper-outer’) has been working really hard to organise games for every weekend in July. So get down and show your support! We all really appreciate seeing you turn up!

In other news we’ve signed up new players, been getting them kitted up and making sure everyone has a Jets hoodie! (Thanks to Victory Hockey UK)

We’re also in the initial stages of arranging a charity shield match at Altrincham, more details to follow!

Anyway, for our off ice workout digest. The following article is credited to Jimmy Smith. Hockey players have a very specific athleticism. The following workouts are specially designed around your core and explosion strength.

“Even if hockey isn’t your favorite sport, these workouts will make you slap-shot ready. Improve your core and explosive strength with this hard-hitting workout!

For the majority of sports fans, the NHL might take a backseat to the NFL, NBA and UFC. Sports fans should know, however, that hockey players might well be the most-conditioned athletes in the world. So, the next time you’re bored, flip on a hockey game and watch how agile and explosive the athletes are, especially someone like Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks.

Hockey increases the demands on areas of the body that most people never get around to training. So, if you’re wondering why someone who has no desire to get cross-checked would want to know about hockey workouts, consider what parts of your body might be in need of some extra work.

These tips and workouts will not only give you a better understanding of the intense training that hockey players submit to, but will also add some spice to your bland workout routine. They might also help you shed those New Year resolution pounds.”



We can all agree that training the same way, workout after workout after workout, can be excruciatingly boring. To add some spice to your bland routine, try some more explosive training methods that will increase your power while giving you a surprisingly good cardio workout.

By combining a traditional exercise with an explosive exercise, you stimulate more muscle fibers in different ways. Medicine balls are my preferred tool for explosive strength work, but if your gym doesn’t allow medicine ball throws, there are other ways to incorporate explosive movement into your exercises. Simply accelerate the weight as quickly as possible.

I caution you to refrain from using bad form. When you lift the weight, raise it as fast as possible, but control how you lower it.


There’s a growing trend in core training to not train the core for movement. This avoidance measure is okay, initially, for people with low-back pain, but it doesn’t do much for those of us who want dynamic strength.

A good example of core movement is how a hockey player performs a slap shot. In order to perform a slap shot, a hockey player needs to have enough movement in his core to generate torque, which is relayed to the extremities to create power, which is released from stick to puck to create velocity. The initial torque must be generated by the athlete from core power. Strength and stabilization in the back and shoulders is required for the torque to flow into dynamic power and, ultimately, velocity.

By training your core to move, you increase the strength of your low back stabilizers and improve your dynamic power.


Day 1: Rest 45 seconds between sets
Day 2:
Day 3: Rest 45 seconds between sets



Day 4: Rest

Day 5: Rest 45 seconds between sets


Day 6:
Day 7: Rest

Message from the GM – Players wanted!

Guys we are on the lookout for 2 or 3 players for our team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the team of committed and able players. With James Ashton as head coach (currently coaches Team GB) and players that played at high level in Europe this can be great opportunity to improve your game and have some good hockey time!

We are looking for hard working individuals that are gonna be there for the team and don’t mind breaking a sweat 😀

Get in touch and you are welcome to come and see us train, potentially after quick chat join us for training.

Please share guys!

Thanks a million,

General Manager