I once had a good friend of mine tell me, “we know what we know.” And when I made it to the NHL, I figured I knew what I needed to know about playing hockey. That didn’t mean I wasn’t prepared to work hard every day. It just meant I thought I was working the right way. And for 10 years, I enjoyed the benefits of my hard work and had a great life playing the game I loved! Until one day, I didn’t.
When I was 30 years old, I was forced to retire from the NHL with a severe nerve impingement in my neck. Unfortunately, two neck surgeries weren’t enough to alleviate my condition. It’s hard to explain the feeling of losing your life’s passion at such a young age – I had no idea what to do next except wallow in my losses.
And then another good friend of mine encouraged me to see a doctor who was doing some cutting-edge soft tissue work. It was something he thought could help with my nerve impingement. I’m so grateful for my friend’s advice and coaxing because that marked the beginning of my new life in hockey.
I spent the next year working with a group of very talented sports professionals – doctors, therapists, strength coaches, nutrition specialists. They all helped get me back on my feet, and I’m forever grateful to all of them.
After those long gruelling months, I realized what I thought I knew about preparing to play a high level of hockey had drastically changed. For starters, nutrition was a far more significant piece of the puzzle than I had ever realized. So too was the time and attention required to help my body and mind recover and grow stronger. Gone were the days that I spent just training hard.
So for the next 13 years of my career, I paid very close attention to how the puzzle fit together, establishing a nutritional regime that supported my training and elevated my recovery so that I could perform on the ice year after year.
Hockey is still my life‘s passion, and I’m sure it always will be! But now, most of my work is done off the ice alongside a dedicated team of sports experts. Together we work to help players learn what they need to know to live their life‘s passion for as long as they can.
Meet the Team behind the Team
Gary Roberts is a 20+ year NHL veteran and Stanley Cup winner with 1224 games played (910 points including 438 goals and 472 assists) and three NHL All-Star appearances. Since his retirement after the 2008/2009 NHL season, Gary has become a leader in high-performance training and sports nutrition for professional and amateur athletes from Canada, the USA, and international destinations.
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Adrian has been a strength and conditioning coach for GRHPT since 2011. Adrian graduated from Lake Superior State University with a degree in exercise science. During his time at Lake Superior, he spent a summer doing an internship at Ottawa Athletic Conditioning Centre which connected him to the Gary Roberts team. Adrian is a pro MMA fighter, so when he is not training our athletes in the gym, he is training himself. Adrian is extremely passionate, charismatic, and motivating to work with and have in the gym. He is constantly inventing new and creative training methods to ensure our athletes gain top performance outcome and enjoyment.
Holistic Sports Nutritionist Strength & Conditioning Coach
Sylvie Tetrault is a Sports Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS), graduating from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Following her degree, she moved to Toronto to pursue her interest in nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, specializing in sports nutrition. Sylvie has been a part of our team since 2011, working with professional athletes (NHL, UFC, Olympians, Ironman etc.) and high performers with a mission to help all her clients find their Inner Athlete through hands on strength training, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching.
We are all capable of performing optimally in our fields and Sylvie uses her background as a competitive athlete to now help others feel unstoppable in their purpose in life. Sylvie believes that how we show up in this world is directly related to how we move, how we feel and what we put into our bodies.
Lucas Azeredo Lobo
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Lucas completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Physical Health & Education (Honors) in 2013. During his time at Queen’s he was a member of the Varsity Men’s Soccer Team (2009-2013) and was a member of the Strength & Conditioning Internship Program (2010-2013) where he worked as the Lead Student Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Varsity Women’s Hockey Team and the Varsity Men’s Football Team. During his third year, he completed the Performance Specialist Internship Program at EXOS (Formerly Athlete’s Performance) in Phoenix Arizona. Lucas became a member of the GRHPT team in 2014, and has been with us since.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Brian is a strength and conditioning coach with the Gary Roberts Performance team and brings a welcome smile and professional attitude to every interaction.
He first joined the team as an intern, working with our athletes during our summer off-season program.
Prior to joining us, he interned at Cressey Sports Performance in Massachusetts, where he worked and learned under top industry coaches.
He brings a wide range of experience to the team, having trained athletes from youth levels, up to the collegiate and professional level as well. He holds a BSc. in Kinesiology from Queen’s University and has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA since 2018.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
John completed his undergraduate degree at Western University in Kinesiology in 2010. During his undergraduate degree at Western he was a varsity athlete on the men’s football team from 2007-2011. After his degree, he stayed at Western to continue his masters in human physiology in 2013. After he achieved his masters, he started working at St. Andrew’s College as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. John has been at St. Andrew’s College for 6 years, and during his time at the school he has the pleasure of training the men’s varsity hockey team to their conference title in 2018/19. In the summertime John runs an off-season weight training program for St. Andrew’s College athletes. During John’s time at the school he was introduced to the Gary Roberts program. He became a strength coach for the GRHPT team in 2015, and the rest is history.
Working out the right way so you have functional strength—if you tie it all together with nutrition and the recovery I think that’s where you can make some serious gains.
The speed work and agility work is huge for hockey players, there are so many lateral movements that you have to do on the ice. And to be able to play with the best players you’ve got to be able to do that stuff off the ice.
Our son George has been participating in the GR program for a number of years and the program provides the perfect combination of education and hands-on training for elite athletes, young and old. A huge shout out and thanks to Gary and the entire team for creating such an amazing, balanced program!