Plyometrics for hockey is one of the best training methods players can use while in the gym to see huge gains on theice. Plyometric exercises focus on jumping and bounding, and the value they provide to hockey players is immense. Plyometrics don't require anything more than an open space to move about in, so there is no excuse to ignore it. Here are a couple of fantastic, simple exercises you can do at home or in the gym to improve your speed and power on the ice.
Squat jumps are simple to perform and offer fantastic benefits. They might be simple, but they'll tire you out! To do a squat jump simply lower yourself into a squat position, then explode upwards and raise your arms up over your head. When you land, lower back into a squat position and then repeat the sequence as many times as you can. Try to always be moving, the goal is to keep continuous movement.
Tuck jumps are also very simple to perform and revolve around jumping explosively. To do a tuck jump, start from a standing position and jump into the air. At the top of your jump, tuck your knees into your chest. When you land, try and keep your feet on the ground for as little time as possible before pushing off into another powerful jump. Again the focus is on constant explosive movement. You want to always be on the ground and still for as little as possible.