New IDPC in Scottsdale the ‘ultimate dryland training experience’
As the director of sports performance at the Ice Den Performance Center (IDPC), Shane Harvey says the new Scottsdale facility will be the epitome of what a hockey training center should be.
Set to open this month, the IDPC is keeping with the Valley trend of hockey growth.
“As sport-specific training is becoming the new norm and sports academies are popping up all over the place, it was only suiting that we implement a training facility geared towards hockey player development,” Harvey said. “As the game of hockey is rapidly growing in the Valley, we feel that there is no better time than now to provide a unique and customized training experience for youth, junior, college and professional hockey players.”
The goal is to start up in early September in conjunction with Total Package Hockey, and there will be an open house with promo videos to promote what IDPC is all about, Harvey said.
“We intend to be a state-of-the-art, one-stop shop for all hockey players in the Phoenix Metro community,” said Harvey. “As we are partnered with the Jr. Coyotes, we still want to emphasize that we are in the service industry for players from the various organizations in the city. Our goal is also to target the high school hockey market as well.
“Our top-end staff provides a specialized hockey-oriented training experience to optimize overall athletic performance that will also have a strong emphasis on injury prevention. IDPC has been uniquely designed for hockey player development and strives to create the ultimate dryland training experience.”
On a personal level, Harvey grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, and said “hockey has been instrumental in my life, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”
“I played my youth hockey in Red Deer and Edmonton, which further led to the opportunity to play junior hockey in the AJHL and MJHL,” Harvey said. “From there, I was fortunate enough to play NCAA college hockey at the University of Southern Maine. As injuries hindered my playing career, I began to heavily focus on sports medicine, which led me to pursue a degree in Exercise Science, with a focus on strength and conditioning and health and fitness. Saying that, my passion for the game only intensified as I began to see the value and importance of performance training and injury prevention, so I immediately got into coaching. on and off the ice.”
Coaching-wise, Harvey started coaching for the Okanagan Hockey School in 2008 and later joined the Portland Jr. Pirates in the USPHL as director of player development and the head strength and conditioning coach. During his tenure in Portland, he assisted in the strength and conditioning setting with the AHL’s Portland Pirates, which at the time was the farm team for the Arizona Coyotes.
Since living in Phoenix, Harvey has coached teams at the 12U, 13U, 16U and 18U teams. He currently coaches the Jr. Coyotes’ 13U AAA team and also scouts for the NAHL’s Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.
— Matt Mackinder
(Sept. 6, 2020)