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Spotlight Athlete of the Week: Meet Mark McNeill

August 14th, 2015

This week’s spotlight player is 6th year Premier Strength athlete Mark McNeill.

In the gym, Mark’s strength sets him apart. With a back squat over 400lbs and a monstrous 300lbs bench press, Mark is easily one of the strongest athletes at Premier Strength. Through his years of training at the Shamrock, Mark has made huge improvements in his speed and mobility, all of which have helped his transition to pro hockey at the AHL level.

Playing for the Prince Albert Raiders in the WHL, Mark established himself as a hard to play against, gritty forward. Not afraid to drop the gloves, Mark cemented himself as a tough two way centre that could easily knock anyone off the puck. Despite being on one of the WHL’s worst teams, Mark still managed to put up impressive point totals and was relied upon to carry his team throughout his junior career with the Raiders. Drafted 18th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL entry draft, Mark is one of the top prospects in the Blackhawks stacked development program and is poised to fight for a spot in the NHL this upcoming year. His size and significant strength makes him a daunting presence at centre. Throughout his career, Mark has represented Canada three times; in the U17 World Hockey Challenge, U18 World Championships and in the World Junior Tournament in 2012/13. In his 2nd year of pro with the Rockford Icehogs, Mark finished the season with 23 goals and made his first appearance in a pro all-star game, this past January, where he scored a hat trick.

Premier Strength is proud of the athlete Mark has become to this point in his career. The NHL future looks bright for Mark and we look forward to being a part of his career for years to come.


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