Summer Training Pays Off: Justin and Drew Daniels Drafted By San Jose Sharks

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BlueStreak Sports Training and Athletic Republic congratulate Kent School graduates on becoming the fourth set of twins selected in the history of the NHL Entry Draft

It certainly looks like twins Justin and Drew Daniels will remain teammates for quite some time. Not only were they drafted by the San Jose Sharks in rounds three and seven, respectively, in the NHL Entry Draft last weekend, but they are scheduled to begin their post-high school careers with the United States Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers this fall, before moving on to play for Northeastern University in the fall of 2009.

Unlike their counterparts in basketball and football, NHL draftees are nowhere near being on the verge of stardom and wealth. Indeed, the typical NHL draftee is three to five years away from making an NHL roster. What lies between the euphoria of being drafted by an NHL team and actually making the roster is simply a lot of hard work.

Justin and Drew know first hand the type of hard work it will take for them to continue along their chosen career path. They spent 12 weeks last summer training at BlueStreak Sports Training in Stamford, Connecticut, driving 45 minutes from their home in Suffern, New York, five days a week to push themselves past their limits with Hockey Treadmill, plyometric, upper and lower body power, synthetic ice and on-ice training drills. Aside from a mid-July trip to the Sharks' draftee camp, their plans for this summer are much the same.

"Justin and Drew pushed themselves to their limits last summer and this is a great time for them to celebrate their hard work," said Matt Stack, Director of Hockey Operations at BlueStreak. "Both of the boys have experienced firsthand what desire and perseverance can do for an athlete. The team at BlueStreak couldn't be more proud of what Justin and Drew have accomplished."

Tad O'Had, Athletic Republic's Vice President of Hockey echoed Stack's sentiments: "I couldn't be happier for the twins. Both Justin and Drew dedicated themselves to training last summer and were able to elevate their game to a new level through ever-improving speed, power and strength. Both of them are physically gifted with great size and soft hands, however, they understand that to get to the next level they will have to test themselves every day. This is a huge accomplishment for the twins, and to envision what they can accomplish with their work ethic is very exciting."

About BlueStreak:
BlueStreak Sports Training is a licensed provider of the highly effective Acceleration Training protocols developed by John Frappier. BlueStreak was founded in 2004 by JetBlue Airways Founder and Chairman David Neeleman and the former President of MSG David Checketts to help meet the training demands of individual athletes and athletic organizations. BlueStreak currently operates three facilities in the New York Tri-State Area, including Stamford, Connecticut, Hauppage, New York and Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. BlueStreak has produced many of the elite collegiate and professional athletes in the New England area. For more information about BlueStreak, visit their website at

About Athletic Republic:
Athletic Republic is the industry leader in performance sports training, with programs appropriate for athletes of all ages. Founded in 1990 on the continuing research of exercise physiologist John Frappier, M.S., and Stephen C. Swanson, M.S., Athletic Republic's training programs are available at more than 160 facilities throughout North America, United Kingdom and Japan.

Players who train on the Athletic Republic's Hockey Treadmill increase their stride length and stride frequency through systematic training protocols specifically designed to increase metabolic conditioning for hockey. The Hockey Treadmill's ice-like polymer surface allows players to train in their skates instead of a pair of running shoes. In addition, players improve core strength, agility and first-step quickness by stretching their limits on the Plyo Floor and the Plyo Press. And, Athletic Republic's Cord technologies train the athlete's lower body for a more explosive stride and their upper body for more powerful and more accurate shots on goal.

To date, 472 former or current NHL players have used Athletic Republic's systematic approach to hockey training to enhance or extend their careers.

For more information about Athletic Republic, visit, or contact Deb Uglem at (701) 241-9018.


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