Stephane Veilleux trains with Northern Educate


During the offseason, Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux has been training with Northern Educate Hockey. With the Wild training camp just around the corner, Let’s Play Hockey sat down with Veilleux to learn more about his time with Northern Educate.


How long have you been training with the Northern Educate program?

I have been training with them for the last five years and hope to continue training for many years to come.

What type of training do you do?

They do a lot of different types of training to work on all skills necessary in developing into a complete player. I train with some of the younger girls and we all see improvements in our game. They really emphasize individual skills and have different circuits that we go through to focus on one skill at a time. Each station strengthens an aspect of our game. It is great to see players improving their skills at such a young age.  The coaches try to instill a hardworking mentality into the girls at a young age and let them see how it will benefit them as they grow older.


What is different about the training than when you are training during the regular season?

There are a few noticeable differences. The one that really sticks out in my mind is that you can really work on your game. Every player has something they could improve on and training there allows you to really work that area. They recommend different exercises that focus on that area. You don’t always get that when playing during the season as you focus more on the team aspect of the game.

How has this program helped you with your game?

I would say my individual skills have benefited the most. I would say its one thing to work on a team game, but the skills are very important. You need the skills to be there before you can work on the team game. When everyone has properly developed their skills, the team game follows and goes so much smoother. You can run through drills at full speed and have the stamina to continue. 

What do you like most about the program?

I think the maturation and the teaching. It amazes me how fast players develop and grow into good hockey players after training in this program. By the end of the summer it is like they have trained for years instead of months. I think a lot of this has to do with the coaching. The coaches there really know what they are doing and how to work with the players. They challenge the players and make them want to get better.

Would you recommend this program to others?

Without a doubt. I have told some of my friends to come to training sessions because you really do see results. The program improves every skill set in your game and I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their game. I am really happy to be a part of the program. What they are doing is a great thing.

Interview by Peter Knutson