Saskatchewan native, Peter Friesen has had a busy summer. If you ask any of the Carolina Hurricanes, they’ll tell you that the Canes Head Trainer is a high energy person who just doesn’t slow down. He certainly doesn’t act like a 54 year old.
This year the Canes missed the playoff by 1 point. While Friesen would have been more than pleased to continue his season, he was asked by Hockey Canada to be the Head Trainer for Team Canada in Slovakia. “It was a terrific experience”, Friesen shared. After those 3 weeks of travel, it was back to North America to attend the NHL Combine where he tested and reported on the fitness levels of the next generation of future hockey players.
After the draft, it was back to Raleigh to get ready for the Hurricanes Youth development camp that featured new draft picks, Ryan Murphy and Victor Rask to name a couple. Friesen put the youngsters through tough offsite workouts, while also educating them on nutrition, to prepare them for the physical grind of an NHL season. The players found the training intense, as well as the 100 degree temperatures in North Carolina.
As the player’s camp approaches in September, Friesen will be leading a fitness symposium at the RBC Center on August 12th. The goal of this symposium is to bring together various sports medicine specialists to share information across professional boundaries. This event will be attended by Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, Chiropractors, and Students.
As, if that wasn’t enough, Friesen will hosting his 5th 5 KM Run raising funds for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society of Eastern North Carolina. That run will begin at 9AM Sept. 11th at the RBC Center. To date, this Run has raised over $250,000 and was started after the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006. It was Friesen’s way to give back to the community.
While Friesen is typically motivating others, he was personally inspired by one of the Friesen 5KM runners, who had suffered a serious brain injury. This gentleman set out to run 1,000 miles during a calendar year. Friesen thought it was such a great goal that he took on that challenge in 2011 and was pleased to comment that he achieved the 1,000 mile mark by Aug. 1st.
In his spare time, which is rare, he enjoys watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders.