July 01, 2010 // Franchising.com // (PARK CITY, UTAH) - Two athletes who train extensively with Athletic Republic and ten members of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program's Under-18 National Team train with Athletic Republic were selected in last weekend's NHL Draft, the industry leader in science-based performance athletic training announced today.
The draft was one of the best in history for Americans, with a record 11 U.S. players selected in the first round. Overall, 59 Americans were chosen in the seven-round event. Players from 16 different states were selected, including athletes from warm-weather climates in California and Florida.
Patrick McNally, of Long Island, New York has worked with the trainers at Athletic Republic at The Rinx for more than two years and was selected in the fourth round (115th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks. McNally is national prep school defenseman of the year in 2010 for Milton Academy and plans to attend Harvard University in the fall.
The Florida Panthers selected Athletic Republic devotee and defenseman R.J. Boyd with the 182nd overall pick (7th round). Boyd, of Punta Gorda, Florida, trains at the recently-opened Athletic Republic-Germain Arena facility and became the first hockey player born in Florida to be drafted by one of Florida's two NHL teams. Boyd plans to attend Sacred Heart University in Milford, Connecticut on a hockey scholarship this fall.
Both McNally and Boyd will attend their respective teams' prospect camps next week before returning home.
The 10 USNDTP U-18 players selected are as follows: Bill Arnold, Jack Campbell, Justin Faulk, Derek Forbert, Stephen Johns, Jonathon Merrill, Luke Moffatt, Bryan Rust, Jarred Tinordi and Bryan Rust.
The entire U-18 team trains year-round on Athletic Republic's patented hockey treadmill.
Since 1990, more than 700,000 athletes have gained more than just a step on their competition thanks to Athletic Republic's sport-specific training programs designed to enhance speed, power and agility.
The Athletic Republic performance sports training network follows a science-based approach to an athlete's development, which includes more than 4,000 pages of sport and position-specific protocols.
Typically, hockey players who have completed Athletic Republic training program have seen improvements in their skating mechanics, which have led to a 33-percent increase in foot speed and a 20-percent increase in leg strength. They have also experienced a 2-4-inch increase in vertical power.