Physical training

First year in NHA U-18 season is off ice training and physical development one of the major focus areas in order to proceed towards U-20 program and finally to senior hockey.

Off ice training is specifically designed for each individual upon their personal needs and position they play. Additional to our regular off ice program, we also implement yoga, pilates, cross-fit, swimming, different ball games and zumba into our training.

Full team is attached into a video coaching software (app) where performances can be easily evaluated, commented and shared within the group and individuals as well as team Polar system to guide and follow athletes heart rate, treshold levels and abilities to recover.  Players  work in pairs and follow a “20 C” development concept during off ice training.

Several off ice tests, evaluations and weighing is done in regular basis to follow development.

On ice training (full team)

Due to our unique facilities in Skien Fritidspark and ice time through out the whole year including summer Months- our players have unlimited access to train on the ice.

Team is on the ice as a full team from 5-6 times a week depending on our game rhythm. In order to maintain the best possible intensity, focus and quality in our team training – we train maximum 60-75 minutes per ice session as a full team.

NHA philosophy and development concept includes 10 on ice habits that each individual masters and shall independently perform in each ice session in each drill. These habits are designed to increase the personal performance level in each training and together with the “20 C” concept players are able to enjoy and challenge themselves better in daily training.

Once a week there is special training for only goalies, defencemen and forwards to develop their position skills and needs.

On ice training (Small groups/ individual skills)

Due to the many different schools we co-operate with- our students train in different times and days in school time which gives our players a fantastic benefit of training indidual skills in small groups and nearly as private lessons.

Players have between 3-5 school time trainings per week to increase their individual skill level and abilities, and they are often video taped and coached through our video program.

On ice skills testing takes place in these small area groups.

Mental & Mindfulness Training

NHA is one of the few if only high school program that offers mental and mindfulness training on a weekly basis.

Mental and Mindfulness training is dealt into four different concepts that are taught through individual development talks, small group exercises and full team lessons. Yoga and meditation is also one part of our mental training program.

In NHA we believe that mental abilities and self image and resiliance is one of the most important factors in general well being and achieving success.

To understand how body and mind shall function together- we implement these four concepts into all training sessions including game performance. NHA players have unlimited access to mental coaching and guiding in our program.

Game Performance & Bench Coaching

Our vision is to play up to 50+ games per season with pre season, league and tournament games in total to have a healthy balance between training and competing.

In NHA we believe in modern and high intensity transition hockey to dictate the game tempo and puck posession time. According to our long-term develpment philosophy, we also coach our team to a 4 line rhythm and system to learn the basic principals of fast and modern hockey. We follow individual and team statistics from each game as well as video tape each game to our internal archive for further analyzing. Each individual receives feedback of his performance right after each game. Team statistics are listed after each 5 game “parts” where players can easily evaluate teams efficiency in different areas of the game. Following statistics are evaluated and provided to our players from each game:

Puck posession time

Game time

1 on 1 battles (win/ lose)


Blocked shots

Physical plays (take/ give)

Face off efficiency in each zone (left/right side)

Shooting accuracy and efficiency

Penalty minutes

Winning % (home/ away)

Scoring efficiency and accuracy

Full Goalie Stats (SV%, GAA, Winning %, Shootout %, Period efficiency, home/away efficiency, situational plays)