Like every NHL player, Devils defenseman Connor Carrick is busy preparing for the 2019-20 season. He’s in the middle of his offseason training regiment to prepare for his first full season in New Jersey following his trade to the team in February.
In the video above, Carrick takes viewers through a typical day of training in his hometown of Chicago, while also providing some insight into his life and views on what it takes for him to improve as a hockey player and person.
This day also happened to include Carrick signing a new contract with the Devils. The two sides agreed to a two-year, $3 million deal on July 16, avoiding arbitration.
Carrick gave some insight into the negotiations between his camp and the Devils, and the defenseman had plenty of incentive to get a multi-year contract done, rather than getting a one-year deal at arbitration.
“You’ve got a team that just decided to put stock in you for 24 months based off of six weeks of play,” Carrick said. “That’s a pretty good vote.”
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Signing the deal came later in the day, well after he hit the ice for training. He began with warmups at 9:34 a.m. before skating for nearly two hours. He followed that will body treatment, which included massage and acupuncture.
After signing his contract, Carrick performed off-ice training in the afternoon, where he said he focused more on agility and speed rather than just adding muscle.
“Training for athleticism transfers better to strength than training for strength transfers to athleticism,” he said.
Carrick talked about the idea of finding ways to improve his mindset both on and off the ice in his training and day-to-day life. At past points in his NHL career, he felt he wasn’t making the most of his development, and he’s worked on ways to be more consistent with it.
“Scarcity is a real thing. There’s 31 teams. There’s X amount of defense jobs,” Carrick said. “And in general, the career can be high pressure and high stress. At any given moment, if I just sit back and actually just focus on moments that were really special to me, people that are really special to me. All the work and effort that’s gone into how I’m here in the first place. There’s not a lot of issues that are not completely resolved in actually practicing feeling grateful.”
During a celebratory dinner at his house after signing the contract, Carrick also described his daily diet. Almost all of his calorie intake comes via organic meat, fish and vegetables, and he has a very low-carb diet.