VEGAS (May 31, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, May 31, that the team has hired Doug Davidson as the team's Strength and Conditioning Coach. In this role, Davidson will be responsible for maximizing the athletic potential of players through the development, instruction, progression, oversight and documentation of individual and group performance enhancements and recovery training activities. He will also collaborate closely with Director of Sports Performance and Head Athletic Trainer Jay Mellette to achieve optimal health, well-being, and performance of the Golden Knights players.
The Pakenham, Ontario native joins the Golden Knights after spending the last two seasons as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. While there, he oversaw all aspects of off-ice training, assisted in rehab and oversaw team meals, supplement use, and nutrition. He also coordinated with the Penguins coaching staff to plan schedules and manage players' workload. In addition, he assisted Pittsburgh Penguins Performance Staff during NHL Training Camp and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Before joining the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Hockey Club, Davidson served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Gary Roberts High Performance Centre from 2013-15. In this role, he worked with a variety of male and female athletes including elite hockey players ranging from NHL players to aspiring youths to improve their performance while also correcting posture, muscle imbalances and movement patterns. He also designed programs and ran training sessions with Junior groups and individual athletes.
Davidson was a Strength and Conditioning Intern at Queen's University from 2010-13, where he designed and delivered strength and conditioning programs to various varsity teams including men's hockey, football, men's and women's rugby, women's soccer and men's basketball. In 2013 he received the Varsity Service Award for his contributions to Queen's University Varsity Athletics as a strength and conditioning intern.
He also completed a strength and conditioning internship at Cressey Performance for the summer of 2012 where he was responsible for program delivery for athletes, as well as participating in educational in-services.
Davidson attended Queen's University where he graduated with honors in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Physical and Health Education. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach through NSCA.
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