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Taking Your Skills Beyond the Next Level!

With Professional Instructor, Dan Ninkovich

Off-season training is an absolute must to make it to the next level. Like most sports, rigorous training and the development of fundamental skills are becoming the norm with the influx of competition both at a national and international level. Dan Ninkovich is one of the leaders in competitive, high-end training for not only the up and coming prospects of tomorrow in the CHL and NCAA (Division 1), but at the NHL level as will with the likes of John Tavares, Phil Kessel, and many more. Beyond The Next Level training is designed with Ninkovich’s expertise.

Based in Oakville, Ontario, BTNL caters to the serious-minded players wanting to get to the next level and maximize their potential. Providing sport-specific motions in strength training and drills, along with professional rehabilitation for the body’s muscles combine for a comprehensive and personalized regiment that hockey players require. With his vast experience and professional accolades, Ninkovich is one of the most qualified trainers on the globe specifically for hockey players. He combines demanding training with a focus on the very motions players use in game-time situations. The science is clear and practical: using core strength exercises and drills with in-game motions to build on dexterity and power.

Ninkovich also incorporates HockeyShot products within most of the training. HockeyShot is undeniably the complimentary piece to many of Ninkovich’s training since they’re industry-leading products gives players the proper on and off-ice training needed. Whether for warm-ups or demanding training, HockeyShot has the product.

Check out some of the videos below to see a glimpse of CHL and NCAA players integrating HS in their training:

Here, Jesse Barwell is using the HS Extreme Dangler on the ice for warming up. This piece can be used on and off the ice as well as the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice. A great product for improving stickhandling speed and accuracy!



This OHL player shows us the importance of footwork and stamina in the one-handed focus drill using the HS Extreme Dangler and Puck. He has adjusted the moveable center legs to provide a wider gap, while using evenly spaced sticks to keep his footwork honest. The variety of drills players can utilize with the Dangler is endless!



This NCAA Division 1 Goalie is using the HS Slide Board Pro to develop in-game motions and timing from post-to-post. Goaltending is demanding in angling, precision and the constancy of up-and-down movements, so working on these in-game motions is essential to build on stamina.





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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.