Applied Hockey Sciences program director is Craig Shepherd
Craig is a Level 4 certified coach by USA Hockey and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist C.S.C.S.by the National Strength and Conditioning Association N.S.C.A. Craig has been coaching for 21 years and has coached at the high school, Jr. and professional levels of hockey.
Craig's knowledge of Russian hockey specific training programs, periodization principals and Russian team systems; has enabled him to help many of the individual players and teams he
has worked with over the last 21 years as a head coach, assistant coach and conditioning coach.
As a hockey player Craig holds the distinct honor of being the first ever non-Russian player to play for Dynamo Moscow in the former Soviet Elite League (now known as the KHL) as a free agent.
Previous to Dynamo Moscow
played professionally in Germany and in North America attending three N.H.L.training camps; two with the Pittsburgh Penguins
, and one with the Calgary Flames.
also spent time playing professionally in the I.H.L., E.C.H.L., C.H.L., and Colonial Hockey Leagues
As a college player Craig received his degree in Communications while playing under Ron Mason at Michigan State University and being a part of a team that won two C.C.H.A. league championships, and made four N.C.A.A. tournament apperances, and two N.C.A.A. Frozen Four appearances.
Previous to Michigan State, Craig played one season at U.S. International University under Brad Beutow where he helped the Gulls win the Great Western Hockey League Championship and was selected as an alternate captain as a freshman. Previous to his college and professional playing days Craig played one season in the U.S.H.L. for the Minneapolis Jr. Stars.
In high school Craig
played under Willard Ikola and Bob O'Connor in Edina, Minnesota where he
was a member of the 1984 Minnesota State High School Championship team.
feels very fortunate to have been exposed to great coaching throughout his
Craig states: "It is truly amazing when I think about the past coaches I worked with and played for.
hey all had a different way of teaching but they all demanded hard work and discipline; I am grateful to all of my past coaches for being as dedicated as they were.
hey all had a major impact on my career and on my life as a person, and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to pass their knowledge on to the players of today."
In addition to coaching Craig has also served as a volunteer and motivational speaker for organizations such as the United Way, Feed My Starving Children, The Special Olympics, Big Brothers, and USA Hockey/Minnesota Hockey.
"BUILDING BETTER HOCKEY PLAYERS THROUGH SCIENCE"
APPLIED HOCKEY SCIENCES
Craig Shepherd and
Team South Head Coach Craig Shepherd
Head Coach Craig Shepherd
2015 Section 2A/AA Ted Brill Great 8 Champions Co Coach Craig Shepherd