Category: Sports:Hockey

The Curious Competitor is a journey into the pursuit of improvement and well being-physically, mentally, and spiritually. In each episode, NHL Defenseman Connor Carrick speaks with some of the world’s highest performing people about how they curate and execute their respective craft. Connor Carrick dives deep into the path and process of each guest, and the lessons learned on how to live more curiously, passionately, and purposefully. All on a quest to become a more Curious Competitor.

May 18, 2022

Sports Nutrition Essentials with NHL Consultant Sylvie Tetrault

In this episode, I sit down with Sylvie Tetrault, sports nutritionist, about all things nutrition for athletes. We discuss her experience working with Gary Roberts and the NHL, the importance of good nutrition, systems or habits you can implement to help you achieve your nutrition goals, and staple foods to have on hand. We reflected on the changes in food systems that have led to food intolerances, and why the quality of food you eat is important. She breaks down why fasting may not be beneficial for all athletes and the cyclical nature of athletes, how to wind down after a late-night game, and why you should take responsibility for your own health.

 

Episode Overview:

  • 0:00 Welcoming Sylvie Tetrault
  • 0:30 Working with Gary Roberts
  • 8:30 Foundational Basics of Nutrition
  • 12:00 Systems for Effortless Results
  • 16:15 Staple Foods to Keep on Hand
  • 20:30 Foods that Get a Bad Rep
  • 24:00 Fasting Practices as an Athlete
  • 31:13 The Cyclical Nature of Athletes
  • 48:30 Taking Responsibility For Your Own Health
  • 56:15 Foundational Supplements for Athletes
  • 1:07:00 Conclusion

 

Sylvie’s Instagram: @Sylvietetrault

Find Sylvie at Gary Robert’s Performance: https://garyrobertsperformance.com/sports-nutrition/ 

Email: info@sylvietetrault.com 

 

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April 29, 2022

Nearly Fatal Burn Victim To NHLer & The Power Of Visualization with Aaron Volpatti

In this episode, I sit down with a former teammate and NHL veteran, Aaron Volpatti, high-performance coach and author-to-be. We spoke about Aaron’s story of adversity and perseverance that got him into the NHL, his relationship with high-stress environments and tolerance to pain, working through the fear of failure, and how to use the power of visualization to get to where you want to be.

 

For more information on Aaron’s work, check out: https://www.aaronvolpatti.com/

 

Episode Overview: 

  • 0:00 Welcoming Aaron Volpatti
  • 1:00 Aaron’s NHL Origin Story
  • 18:00 High-Stress Environments and Pain
  • 23:00 Using Visualization to Get Into the NHL
  • 29:00 What is Visualization
  • 36:00 Getting Started with Visualization
  • 43:00 The Fear of Failure
  • 47:45 How to Stay in a Flow State 
  • 50:45 Adversity is an Opportunity for Growth
  • 53:30 Looking at the Bigger Picture
  • 57:00 Wat Aaron is Most Proud Of
  • 58:30 Conclusion

 

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April 6, 2022

The Importance of Physical Literacy With David Arsenault

In this episode, we welcome former national taekwondo champion and founder of Pain Station, David Arsenault. We discuss how to find joy in the process of showing up every day to training, leaning into adversity, the importance of remaining consistent in your effort as an athlete, and how physical literacy can improve your life.

 

For more information on David’s work, check out: https://www.championsforlife.ca/

 

Episode Overview: 
0:00 Welcoming David Arsenault
5:00 David’s Origin Story
12:00 Finding Joy in the Process
22:00 The Birth of Pain Station
28:00 Being Consistent in Your Effort as an Athlete
32:00 Bringing Personal Values Into Your Game
40:00 The Importance of Physical Literacy
57:00 Conclusion

 

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March 15, 2022

In Season Check In: Battling Injuries, Call Ups, Meditation and NHL Referees

In this episode, I sit down and reflect on this season so far as well as my brief experience being called up to the Seattle Kraken. We chat about my experience of how not to engage with NHL referees, the elements that make up a strong hockey team, working through minor injuries, and how my meditation practice has allowed me to lean further into my practice as an athlete.

 

Episode Overview:

  • 2:40 Introduction
  • 4:00 Schedule Disruptions
  • 7:45 How Not to Engage with Referees
  • 16:45 Elements of a Strong Team
  • 22:40 Minor Injuries
  • 29:00 Using Meditation to Improve my Game
  • 39:00 Conclusion

 

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February 23, 2022

Earning A Spot In The NHL And Then Again With Liam O’Brien

How to surprise everyone to make the NHL, and then do it again, with the Ultimate edge finder and teammate, Liam O'Brien. In this episode, we discuss how adversity challenged Liam's growth and belief in himself, strategies that Liam uses to reflect let go and prepare for the next battle. We also discuss the evolution of the sport in youth, as well as, some secret stories from Hersey Bears during their time as roommates. 

 

  • 0:30 Introduction
  • 1:57 Breakthrough In Washington
  • 7:47 Favourite Memorabilia & First NHL Goal
  • 10:36 First Stint In NHL & Challenge Of Being Send To Minors
  • 17:45 How Liam Uses Writing To Reflect and Let Go
  • 24:00 How Injuries Challenge You To Grow
  • 34:36 Signing In Colorado & Playing In Arizona
  • 39:40 What Gives Liam An Edge  
  • 43:18 The Power Of Belief
  • 47:47 The Evolution Of Preparation Of Sport
  • 1:02:02 How Connor Got In A Fight With An AHL Heavyweight
  • 1:08:21 Stories From The AHL

 

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February 9, 2022

Training And Recovery with NHL Sport Science Director Devan McConnell

In this episode, we welcome Arizona Coyotes Performance Director Devan McConnell to the show. We discuss how to prepare for the demands of a training camp, how to approach training during a season, and the power of intention on meeting your goals. We also discuss specific considerations for the youth athlete, and why nutrition and recovery is key to performance.

 

  • 0:12 Introduction
  • 2:00 What Makes Devan Different? 
  • 6:30 How Devan Approaches Working With New Athletes?
  • 9:20 Preparing For The Demands Of Camp
  • 13:47 The Power Of Intent In Training
  • 21:13 How To Approach In-Season Training 
  • 29:34 Considerations For Youth Athletes Off-Season Training
  • 38:05 How To Find Balance in Training - On-ice Vs. Off-Ice 
  • 43:19 One Thing Devan Would Change In NHLer’s Approach 
  • 45:30 Recovery Techniques & Strategies 
  • 49:28 Nutrition in Youth Athletes & Mental Health 
  • 57:10 Creative Solution To A Training Restriction 
  • 1:00:00 Devan’s Favorite Success Story
  • 1:03:57 Conclusion 

Devan’s Book 

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February 2, 2022

First Round Pick Robbie Schremp Talks About How To Get And Keep More Ice Time

A most skilled player amongst skilled players, offensive legend Robbie Schremp shares lessons learned as a former 1st round pick. We discuss the importance of coaching at the right time of development, how to play like a pro, and how to evolve your game to provide the most value to your team. 

Episode Overview: 

  • 01:47 Robbie’s Origin Story 
  • 10:29 Right Coaching Right Time 
  • 12:20 Rob’s OHL Experience 
  • 22:20 Learning To Play Like A Pro & Dale Hunter 
  • 27:11 Rob’s Reflection Of Career
  • 39:05 Evolving Your Game To Provide Value
  • 42:15 What is Vision 44 & Why Teach?
  • 51:10 What Did You Like About European Leagues?
  • 1:03:00 Conclusion 

 

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January 26, 2022

Developing Practice Skill vs. In Game Execution with Blackhawks Development Coach Brian Keane

In this episode, we welcome Skills Coach, Brian Keane. We discuss what makes an elite hockey player elite in comparison to the average player. We talk about Brians's approach to training youth players, and how role players have a unique perspective on adversity. We talk about learning styles, what training looks like for NHL players in the offseason, and how to approach training holistically rather than just peaking for camp. In conclusion, we talk about Connor's weak points in his skill development and how he is working through it.

 

To connect with Brian visit: https://www.prodigy-hockey.com/

 

 

Episode Overview: 

0:12 Introduction
2:15 What Makes An Elite Hockey Player?
3:45 What Makes An Average Player?
5:04 How Brian Approaches Training A Youth Player
7:15 The Skill Subtleties Of Some Star Players 
10:45 What Can Star Players Learn From Role Players?
13:05 What Can Third and Fourth Liners Steal From Stars? 
17:32 Collaborative Training 
23:00 Brian’s Creative Approach To Training & Drills 
27:55 Ecological Dynamics & Learning Styles 
39:46 Favorite Drills That Emulate Game 
44:00 What Does Training Look Like In Off-Season? 
48:22 Peaking For An Event Vs. Holistic Preparation 
52:04 What Is Something Brian Has Stopped Doing?
54:09 What’s Held Connor Back? 
57:30 Conclusion

 

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January 12, 2022

In Season Check In: Training Camp in Seattle, AHL Update, Standards Refinement, Training and Nutrition Talk

After a long hiatus away from the microphone - I step back into the podcasting seat and discuss with you the reason for the break and update you with what I have been working on and battling with since the summer. We talk about my experience in Seattle for Training Camp, how I found an old pair of skates that helped me find my stride, how I improved my backhand play, and what it's been like playing in Charlotte. We also dive into the differences between AHL and the NHL, as well as my current nutrition, supplementation, and training approach.

  • 0:12 Introduction
  • 1:12 Why The Break 
  • 3:15 Training Camp In Seattle 
  • 5:22 My New (Old) Skates 
  • 11:58 Draisaitl and Improving Backhand Play
  • 18:32 Training Camp Continued 
  • 27:14 Getting Sent Down To Charlotte / AHL
  • 31:53 Examining Your Standards 
  • 35:15 Being A Leader and Difference Between AHL / NHL
  • 39:05 Current Nutrition Approach 
  • 45:00 Supplementation 
  • 48:06 Current Training and Mindset Approach 
  • 56:36 Conclusion

 

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July 28, 2021

Off-Season Check In: Expansion Draft, Playoffs, Free Agency & Nutrition

In this episode, I sit down and check in halfway through the off-season. We discuss our thoughts on the Expansion Draft and the stellar play of Islanders, Montreal, and Tampa during the playoffs. As well as, my thoughts approaching Free Agency, how I've been training and my nutrition, and my mindset approaching this coming season. 

 

Episode Overview: 

  • 1:30 Expansion Draft
  • 5:54 Thoughts on Islanders
  • 8:49 Montreal Run
  • 13:18 Tampa Bay Lightning 
  • 24:39 Approaching Free Agency
  • 30:49 Skates and Training
  • 33:48 Nutrition Approach
  • 38:13 Sauna and Red Light Therapy
  • 41:54 Supplementation

 

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