In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Director of Strength & Conditioning at San Jose Sharks, Mike Potenza. I have been speaking to Mike for years about getting him on the podcast so it was great to finally line it up. Whether you are working in ice hockey or not there is plenty to take away from this episode. One unique thing about this conversation is the section on blood markers and how Mike and team at the Sharks use the bloods to guide training and recovery.

If you liked this episode with Mike Potenza, you may like these episodes with Eric Renaghan and Matt Nichol.

Hope you enjoy this episode with Mike Potenza.

  • Who is Mike Potenza (background, experience and current role)
  • In-season training considerations during a NHL season
    • Training needs and issues in season
    • Blood markers
  • Considerations with a heavy travel schedule in the NHL
  • Individuality within programming and nutrition
    • contrasts to training on land qualities
    • Movement screening to help individualise
    • Developing rotational qualities
  • Recovery Details in a 82 game season
    • Periodising recovery

Mike can be found on Twitter @mike_potenza

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 150 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs’ Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company’s unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

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