The Swift Current Broncos were excited to announce that Vanessa Hettinger from Quantum Speed High Performance has been working with the Broncos players in developing and innovating on-ice skating techniques. Hettinger hit the ice with the players this week to lead new innovative drills and overall development techniques to enhance the players skill set on the ice.
Broncosâ€™ Communications staff Brad Trojan and Ryan Switzer spoke with Hettinger regarding her career, background and work with the Swift Current Broncos.
â€œWe started this business 16 years ago called Quantum Speed and itâ€™s based on skating technique, power and speed,â€ said Hettinger when speaking with Broncos media. â€œQuantum means to see the smallest possible change with the biggest possible result. Weâ€™ve been working with bantam and junior hockey players for years, finding that small tweaks can be made in techniques and can result in immediate impact to a playerâ€™s skill set.â€
Hettinger is currently General Manager & Master Instructor for Quantum Speed was inspired to start this business because she simply loves to help players and mentions that there wasnâ€™t a market for it at the time. Now while working with the Broncos, Hettinger and the coaching staff have specific goals that they want to accomplish.
â€œManny has made it clear that he wants his team to play a specific style of game,â€ Hettinger mentioned. â€œHe wants to have a fast, explosive, transitional type of team and thatâ€™s what I was brought into help with. By the time Iâ€™ve taught them, they should have more tools in their tool kit to do what Mannyâ€™s asking them to do.â€
The Edmonton, AB product has previously worked with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Tri-City Americans as well as working presently with Hockey Canada as a Master Skating Coach. Furthermore, she states that all players can benefit from the program in different ways over the short term and long term.
â€œI want them to feel something impactful right away, especially these guys as theyâ€™re so trained and athletic, if weâ€™re able to give them one thing they can do right away, then they start to trust the process and realize that its not an overhaul and they donâ€™t have to retrain everything they do. â€œHettinger commented when referring to goals. â€œLong term, we love getting projects meaning from coaches weâ€™ll work with players that are close but havenâ€™t reached that next step yet. Four months for a teenage player or a pre AHL/NHL player, we can absolutely change what they do and so long term for me, one season can really make a change. Everybody has different learning styles.â€
Broncos defenceman Colby Sissons has seen the benefits from working with Quantum Speed.
â€œSince the first seminar of technique week I have been improving, learning, and making connections all for the business of Colby Sissons, and, in doing that I give a huge thanks to Quantum Speed for all that they have done for me, and will continue to do for me down the road as it is a must for every off season and should be for you as well.â€
Hettinger also mentioned that this program is not a cake walk and requires a lot of hard work to get the most out of it.
â€œItâ€™s harder to go from good to great than it is to go from awful to good,â€ Hettinger mentioned when summarizing the dedication the program requires. â€œItâ€™s getting that extra 10%, it can be really tough for these guys, especially for the ones that want to play at the next level. Itâ€™s a big compliment to work with the Broncos as it was the players that asked for the work, so Iâ€™m happy to help elevate their game.â€