- Craig Shepherd
Applied Hockey Sciences program director is Craig Shepherd
Craig is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist C.S.C.S.by the National Strength and Conditioning Association N.S.C.A.and is a Level 4 certified coach by USA Hockey, Craig has been coaching for 19 years and has coached at the high school, Jr. and professional levels of hockey.
knowledge of Russian training programs, periodization principals and team tactics is highly repsected.
In addition to coaching Craig has also served as a motivational speaker for organizations such as the United Way, Special Olympics, and Big Brothers, always bringing his "Rome was not built in a day because I was not ruling when it was built" attitude to all that he speaks to and coaches.
As a hockey player Craig holds the distinct honor of being the first ever non-Russian player to ever play for Dynamo Moscow in the former Soviet Elite League (now known as the KHL) as a free agent.
There were no N.H.L. trade agreements, no special deals.
Just a plane ticket, and as Craig
Previous to Dynamo Moscow
played professionally in Germany and in North America.
attended three N.H.L. training camps; two with the Pittsburgh Penguins
, and one with the Calgary Flames.
All three of those years the teams Craig
tried out for were the defending Stanly Cup Champions.
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. Jr. hockey league for the Minneapolis Jr. Stars.
In high school Craig played under Willard Ikola in Edina, Minnesota where he was a member of the 1984 Minnesota State High School Championship team.
In addition to playing professional ice hockey, Craig
made history when he
became the first and only person in the world to have competed in professional ice hockey, and in professional figure skating, when he
competed at the U.S. Professional Pairs Figure Skating Championships on national television.
In 2004-5 Craig served as head coach of the Slovakian pairs team of Olga and Joseph Bestandig and as the Slovakian Figure Skating Federations head pairs coach.
In addition to hockey and figure skating Craig
also competed at both the U.S. Nationals
and the North American speed skating championships in the 500 and 1000 meter events. This high level combination of the three disciplines of the ice has also made Craig
a highly respected power skating coach.
feels very fortunate to have been exposed to great coaching throughout his entire career. His past coaches pedigree in both hockey and figure skating reads like a who's who of coaching with hockey coaches like Bob Johnson, Ron Mason, Vladimeer Goloboich, Willard Ikola, Bob O'Connor, Brad Buetow, Grant Stanbrook, George Gwozdecky, Edo Novak, and VitalyErfilov; figure skating coaches like Igor Moskvine, Tatiana Tarasova, Pieter Kollen, Sarah Kawahara and Ushi Kessler; and conditioning coaches like Jack Blatherwick, Charles Poloquin, Jack Brailey, Kim Goss and Randy Klevin.
In addition to coaching Craig
is a commercial and instrument rated helicopter pilot.
He currently holds an F.A.A. teaching degree as a Certified Flight Instructor for helicopters.
"BUILDING BETTER HOCKEY PLAYERS THROUGH SCIENCE"
APPLIED HOCKEY SCIENCES
1994 Craig Shepherd
Team South Head Coach Craig Shepherd
(Far Left) MNJHL All Star
Team Group Photo