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Penguins Hire Mike Kadar As Strength Coach

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have added Mike Kadar to the hockey staff in the role of strength and conditioning coach, it was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. 

Kadar joins the Penguins after spending four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings in the same capacity.  He also spent one season with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.

Mike Kadar

In July 2005, Kadar assisted Hockey Canada with all aspects of their off-ice training and contributed in the development for the off-ice portion of the Skills of Gold Hockey Development DVD series.  This program is used by many of the national teams for Canada, such as the under-18 and under-20 teams along with the under-22 national women’s team. 

Kadar was hired as a strength and conditioning consultant for the Slovenian National Team in April 2007.  He administered strength and flexibility programs while also assisting the coaching staff with system adjustments during the 2007 World Championship as the club won the gold medal in the B Pool.   

Kadar earned a degree in physical education from the University of Lethbridge (Alberta).  The 38-year-old native of Elnora, Alberta is schooled in massage therapy and holds certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Kadar also has hockey coaching experience at the collegiate level.

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