Chris Allman had an on-ice career that spanned 20 years, and included working leagues such as the AHL, USHL, OHL, ECHL, UHL, and NAHL. In 2008, he transitioned into an administrative role, overseeing AMHL/AJHL/MET officiating staff, the NAHL officiating staff, and ultimately became the Coordinator of the USAH Junior Officiating Development Program in 2017. During his Admin time, he also instructed a large number of officiating development and pre-season camps, providing on-ice instruction to many of the current top U.S. born officials working high levels of hockey - National Hockey League, American Hockey League, International Hockey Federation, and others.
His power skating drills are so well designed that amateur, junior, and professional hockey organizations across the U.S. have integrated them as part of their on-ice officiating development programming.
HOW DOES REFEREE SKATING APPLY TO PLAYERS?
You're probably asking yourself this question, and the answer is something you probably never considered.
The game of hockey gets faster every year, with the incorporation of new rules designed to speed up the game, and through better training programs that players at all levels are taking advantage of. The result is an incredibly fast, up-and-down game that is packed full of action. While players take shifts that are 30 to 45 seconds in length (skating at full speed), then taking 1 to 2 shifts off to rest, on-ice officials have to keep up with the fast game, skating the entire duration without any true rest. In addition to keeping up with today's fast game, referees also skate upwards of 5 miles per game.
How do they do it? Not only by physical training (similar to players), but by also working to perfect their skating skills through power skating training. Through power skating training, these officials perfect their stride, which translates into maximizing power in each stride, conserving high amounts of energy, and developing agility and abilities to keep stay within the play for the duration of the game. Applying these same concepts to players will provide them similar abilities, through the training regime of a person required to skate far more than the average player in three period of the greatest game on earth.