BSMPG 2012 Hockey Specific Training Symposium

BSMPG is proud to announce the 2012 Hockey Specific Training Symposium speaker set.  Be sure to save the date for May 19/20 in Boston as these speakers join Craig Liebenson, Dr. Chris Powers, Alan Grodin, Bill Knowles, Irving "Boo" Schexnayder and many others for an event that you won't want to miss.

boston hockey summit  Cal Dietz






University of Minnesota


Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz's return to Minnesota he has developed the Strength and Conditioning Programs and over seen the daily progress in Men's Hockey, Men's Basketball, Women's Hockey, Men's Golf, Men's Swimming, Track and Field, Baseball and Wrestling.

Also, during his time at the university help founded and chairs the Sport Biomechanics Interest Group with its purpose to explore the physiological and biomechanical aspects of advanced human performance encompassing the various aspects of kinesiology, biomechanics, neuro-mechanics and physics. Dietz is also a member of the Gender Equity Committee at the University of Minnesota and currently represents the University as a member of the Big Ten committee to develop performance enhancing policy for anabolic and ergogenic aids.

Prior to returning to Minnesota, Dietz was the strength coordinator at The University of Findlay, overseeing 26 men's and women's sports, in addition to coordinating the university's fitness center, coaching the offensive line with the football program and teaching strength and conditioning classes. 
The Shelby, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the Findlay in 1996 and his master's degree from Minnesota in kinesiology in May, 2000. During his athletic career at Findlay, Dietz won three National team championships, two in football and one in wrestling. He was a two-time All-American in Football and won the NAIA National Duals MVP in wrestling.

Watch Cal talk about his new book here, PART 1 & PART 2 

dan boothby






Northeastern University

Topic: Evaluating and Tracking Off Ice Development in Hockey

Dan Boothby begins his sixth full season as strength & conditioning coach for the Northeastern University hockey team. Boothby oversees all strength, conditioning and nutrition for the team, and aides in team building and organization.

Boothby was promoted to Director of Strength & Conditioning at Northeastern in 2010.

Boothby has spent the last five years working with Northeastern athletes, having joined the staff as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach in Nov. 2005. He has served as the Director of Player Development for the Northeastern men’s and women’s hockey teams since July 2006. In his first role, Boothby had the opportunity to design and implement strength and conditioning programs for various Husky athletic teams, including year-round nutrition, weight and injury-prevention programs. Working with the hockey teams, Boothby expanded his role to include budget management and biomechanical evaluations.

Boothby, a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, also holds Dan Boothby Performance Training camps, which are tailored for sport-specific strength and conditioning for all levels, including high school, college, professional and Olympic-caliber athletes. Over the past year, he has been advising Northeastern alumna Zara Northover, who competed in the shot put at the Olympics in Beijing.

Before coming to Northeastern, Boothby served under the Head Strength & Conditioning coach at Central Connecticut State University as an undergraduate intern while playing on the offensive line of CCSU’s football team for four seasons.

The Kennebunk, Maine, native graduated from Central Connecticut State in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and now resides in Allston, Mass.


Sean Skahan   







Anaheim Ducks - NHL

Topic: Injury Prevention Strategies For Hockey

Sean Skahan enters his tenth season as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Anaheim Ducks. Skahan joined the Ducks in 2002 and is responsible for the overall strength and conditioning program for all players in the Ducks system. Skahan also coordinates all off-ice training at the annual prospect conditioning camp.
Prior to working with the Ducks, he was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston College for the 2001-02 season where he worked with the hockey team. In 2000-01, he was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of North Dakota. While earning his Master's degree in Kinesiology, the Massachusetts native worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength Coach at the University of Minnesota from 1999-00. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1998. He also holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (N.S.C.A.) and USA Weightlifting.








Head Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach - Carolina Hurricanes

Topic: Rehabilation, Strengthening, & Conditioning of the Elite Hockey Player

Pete Friesen is in his 15th season with the Carolina Hurricanes as the Team’s Head Athletic Therapist/Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is entering his 32nd year as a professional hockey trainer. Friesen is a certified as strength & conditioning coach and personal trainer, a performance enhancement specialist, corrective exercise specialist and massage therapist, a board-certified sport physical therapist, and is certified in both the United States and Canada as an Athletic Trainer/Therapist. Pete is responsible for the institution of training and dietary standards, preparation of rehabilitation programs and treatment of acute injuries for all Hurricanes players.
 In addition to his work with professional teams, Friesen has been associated with the Canadian Olympic and international programs for the last 28 seasons, including serving as the head trainer for Team Canada’s gold medal-winning team during the 2004 World Championship in the Czech Republic. He again served as head trainer for Canada at the 2011 World Championship in Slovakia, and has now been to 10 IIHF World Championships. Friesen has advised six different Canadian programs including men’s and women’s ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, figure skating, softball, wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball in preparation for their respective tournaments. Combining the different elements of each sport, Friesen strives to show athletes various ways of developing elements of their bodies in a true cross-training fashion.
 A graduate of Bemidji State (MN) with bachelor’s degrees in education and physical education, Friesen also earned a master’s degree in sports medicine and physical therapy from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Friesen was the head trainer at both the University of Saskatchewan and then the University of Alberta.
 Peter and his family put on a 5 K fun run every year raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of North Carolina. Over the past 6 year the run has raised over 325 thousand dollars.
 Pete and his wife, Shelley, reside in Knightdale, North Carolina, with their children, Jack (20), Chad (19) and Taylor (16).


Joel Jamison






Topic: Allostatis and the Training Process

Joel Jamieson is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength and conditioning for combat sports. He has more than 7 years experience working with many of the top athletes in the sport and has trained over 30 of the biggest names in MMA, including 7 world champions.

He formerly served as the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Pride FC and currently works in a similar capacity for Dream. Prior to his work in MMA and combat sports, he spent time training D-1 football players and worked in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. He has trained countless teams and athletes from the NFL, MLS, NHL and NBA and Olympic competitors from 5 different sports.

Joel is also the founder of and author of the highly acclaimed book, “Ultimate MMA Conditioning.” Since its release in 2009, it has been sold in more than 103 countries and widely regarded as the definitive book on the subject. He is a regular featured contributor to Fight! Magazine, Fighting Fit (UK), Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness and his training programs and articles have been featured in a variety of online and print media throughout the globe.

Notable MMA Clients:

Rich Franklin
Chris Leben
Hayato Sakurai
Spencer Fisher
Bibiano Fernades
Tatsuya Mizuno
KJ Noons
Matt Brown
Ben Rothwell
Ivan Salaverry
Akira Shoji
Pete Spratt
Jens Pulver
Josh Barnett
Robbie Lawler
Caros Fodor
Ed Herman
Akiyo Nishura
Mario Miranda
Niko Vitale
Tyone Glover
Jorge Gurgel
Nick Ring
Maurice Smith
Tim Boetsch
Demetrius Johnson