As part of our ongoing series of tips from the Ottawa High Performance Centre, we're bringing you tip number five!

This one is provided by Tony Carbonette, an Athletic Therapist and the Owner of the Ottawa High Performance Centre.

Looking to improve your on ice fitness, your between shift recovery, your speed, and your explosion?

Try hill sprints! Find a favourite hill, mark off 20 feet or longer (depending on your current fitness level) and sprint. Start off with sprinting at 50% effort for a few sessions and slowly increase over time. Set aside 20 to 30 minutes per session. 

Be in shape FOR hockey. Don't rely on hockey to get you in shape. 

Bring lots of water and some of your favorite workout music and have fun!