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The HockeyShot Playground – Where Men Become Boys

This Summer HockeyShot has teamed up with Professional Instructor, Dan Ninkovich to run his leading edge BTNL HockeyShot Development Camp. Beyond the Next Level is an innovative program and gym geared for top level hockey players. Let’s have a look at some video work in Dan’s newly renovated gym that includes HockeyShot’s training aids!



In our first video, HockeyShot gets a quick tour of Dan’s new facility. BTNL has renovated their gym and has added a complete setup of the HockeyShot Goal and Backstop along with the Extreme Shooter Tutor. As you can see, the NHL pros have beaten the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of the net the past few months while practicing shot-power, speed and accuracy day in and day out! For one-timers and passing development, there are HockeyShot Extreme Passer Pros on each corner that STILL rebound passes perfectly. Lastly, to add a more genuine feel to stick handling and shooting, Dan has also integrated HockeyShot’s Synthetic Ice for a smooth surface.



Here, HockeyShot got an inside look at the renovated facility for Beyond the Next Level. We’re able to see the state-of-the-art locker room that, with the help of sponsors like Pacific Rink and MuscleMilk, is fully loaded with a flat screen TV for video preparation, speakers, and plenty of room, even for a Ping-Pong table! What you are not able to see is the hot-tub around the corner which had players soaking in it.



This short video shows HockeyShot’s Mini Danglers in a square formation (can use in circle formation too) for an on ice warm up drill. This gets the creativity and hand-eye coordination flowing correctly before getting out in high tempo drills. Adjustable and high quality, this simple accessory will most definitely improve your dangles and dekes!



HockeyShot’s game-changing Synthetic Ice Panels are being used in this video where our player is stickhandling seamlessly with HS Mini Danglers as well as quick passes to the HS Extreme Passer Pro. The synthetic ice panels are very smooth giving players a near identical feel as the ice itself. Although he is in sneakers, you can skate on this surface! All HS products serve for flawless off ice training tools!



In this video, we have HockeyShot’s Extreme Danglers stacked on one another to make a Celtic Cross formation. The drill aims at improving stickhandling, hand eye coordination and speed. Mainly, it helps tremendously with speed in relation to hand-eye coordination as you need perfect touch in these tight spaces. Also, Dan loves to share videos and stories on Instagram so make sure to post and have a look for more on his page @deejbtnl



HockeyShot Passer Pros are a great way to practice not only one-timers, but also quick-release shots. In this video, we have an elite prospect using the Passer Pros in a quick release drill. On the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice this drill is seamless in transition and gives the shooter a similar feel to the challenge of releasing the puck nearly immediately after receiving it.



Finally, we have some youthful talent using two Extreme Danglers lined up in rows for a stickhandling drill that forces the player to not only sick handle but also transition in motion to the other Dangler. This challenging drill should be done at the player’s full speed to improve on hand eye and of course stickhandling speed. Don’t forget, share your videos with Dan on Instagram @deejbtnl

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Dan Ninkovich

If you’re looking for the whole package, Dan Ninkovich is your guy! Dan’s impressive training list is long and includes some of your favorite NHL’ers: Connor McDavid, Phil Kessel, John Tavares, Jason Spezza, Matt Duchene and many more!

It’s not a surprise that these guys put their athletic goals in Dan’s hands, with his astounding list of credentials Ninkovich never stops learning, making him a wealth of knowledge when it comes to sports conditioning, general fitness, nutrition, and anatomy. Dan’s Bachelor of Kinesiology was followed by some impressive certifications and memberships:

- Certified Specialist in Sports Conditioning
- Certified Youth Fitness Trainer
- Certified Fitness Therapist
- Registered Nutritional Counselor
- Member of International Sports Sciences Association

If that isn’t enough to impress you, we hockey fanatics at HockeyShot can’t leave out the fact that Ninkovich partied in Toronto last summer with Kessel…. AND THE CUP! If anything, this only proves that hard work and dedication pays off. The entire hockey community enjoyed watching “Phil The Thrill” raise the cup in June, even Leafs fans ;)

Ninkovich’s swag on and off the ice continues to draw in professional athletes from all over North America. Every season a new top prospect walks in his doors hoping to develop his skills and make it big! Beyond the Next Level (BTNL), that Dan co-owns and works as the Program Coordinator is THE place to work-out. Through professional instruction, Dan helps these athletes push their boundaries ensuring they reach their full potential. His programs are focused on strength training matched with neurological enhancement and sport specific movement training. Eastern European nations and their Olympic level athletes inspire these groundbreaking techniques. Ninkovich emphasizes the importance of movement, not exercise per se, but the subtle art of mastering performance capacity and efficiency to develop the highest performance an athlete can reach.

With his individualistic approach to developing hockey players, he’s sure to offer you something new and maybe even pivotal, to take your game to the next level. Make sure to check out his social media pages, where he is always sharing hockey drills, personal training exercises, and glimpses from his personal life. His enthusiasm and focus can’t be matched (except from maybe our Performance Trainer, Steven Wong), but no one else even comes close!

HockeyShot is excited to have Ninkovich as our Professional Instructor.