The University of Ottawa hockey team can now count on a brand new high performance centre. Last year, Yanick Evola’s players demonstrated that they were able to compete against the best players in the country by making the CIS Top 10 during nine consecutive weeks.
The off-season will be crucial for the Garnet and Grey players who will want, once again, to prove to the women’s hockey world that they are part of the best teams in Canada. The opening of the new high performance centre will therefore be extremely beneficial.
On May 13, the University of Ottawa Sports Services open this exciting new facility. The Centre will help our athletes to reach the level required in order to be championship contenders. For the players living in the area, this new centre will be especially useful. In fact, the Centre is challenging and it will allow players to reach a higher physical level during summer and to be ready for the next season.
The new 5000 square foot centre now features five sections: four weight training spaces and one stretching area. Every weight training space includes a squat station, free weights and specialized equipment. The five sections of training spaces are linked by a 25m speed running track.
In addition to the facility, the team will also be able to count on Joey Kwasniewski, the new Lead Varsity Performance Coach. Kwasniewski has a lot of experience in physical preparation of high level athletes, having worked with athletes from the Canadian Football League. The players who cannot be in Ottawa this summer will still be able to take advantage of Joey’s advice to enhance their summer physical preparation.
With this type of facility and resources, everything is in place to help the women’s hockey program reach a higher level during the off-season. Next season looks promising for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees representatives.