In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at LA Kings, Matt Price. I am delighted to bring Matt on the podcast today as he’s another one that has been on my list for a long time. Matt recently hooked me up with some Kings tickets when I was in LA which was extremely kind of him. We didn’t get a chance to chat before or after the game but thankfully we were able to make this episode happen and have a good conversation about what is going on at the LA Kings. ‘Load management’ as a topic is still red hot so we chatted about this and what that term means to Matt and how he manages workload on and off the ice.

If you enjoyed this episode with Matt Price, you may enjoy these episodes with Eric Reneghan, Matt Nichol, Mike Potenza and Devan McConnell who also work in ice hockey.

Hope you enjoy this episode with Matt Price.

In this episode we discussed…

  • Who is Matt Price (background, education and experience)
  • ‘Load management’
    • What that means to you
    • Application of it at the Kings
    • What matters to coaches vs what matters to us
    • Internal and external load
  • Recovery
    • Individualisation
    • Sleep
  • In-season vs off-season strength & conditioning
    • Testing
    • Game day lifting
    • Influence of the stiffness of skates
    • Speed work – transference to on-ice performance
      • Varying emphasis
    • Common injuries
      • Preventative work

Matt can be found on Twitter @MPriceStrength

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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