About Matt Nichol

Matt's Story

Matt Nichol is a veteran Strength and Conditioning Coach who has trained professional and elite amateur athletes since the late 1990’s, working with numerous individuals and teams.


Matt is the industry leader and hosts Canada’s premier summer, off-season hockey camps for NHL and elite amateur players. Every detail of the programs offered at the camps, from musculoskeletal functional assessments, to individualized training program design and nutritional plans, is designed and led by Matt with support from a carefully selected group of professional coaches, trainers and other expert personnel.

Career Highlights

Prior to his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Matt served as the apprentice to one of the world’s foremost experts on applied biochemistry and ergogenic aids for sports. During this time, he learned the ins and outs of the sports supplement industry, and traveled the world researching the highest quality raw materials sources and the best nutritional supplement protocols.

  • Matt was the first NCCP Level IV/V Strength and Conditioning Coach recognized by the Coaching Association of Canada.

  • In 2010, he served as strength and conditioning consultant to the Russian Ice Hockey Foundation.

  • In 2007, guest coach with the San Francisco 49ers strength & conditioning staff.

  • In 2004, he was Team Canada’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the World Cup of Hockey 2004 Gold Medalists.

  • From 2002 – 2009, he served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Nutritionist for the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club.

  • Matt received his Concurrent Education degree (Kinesiology/History) from McGill University and his Masters of Kinesiology & Masters in Coaching Theory from York University. A student-athlete, Matt was a member of the McGill Redmen and York Yeomen football teams and the McGill University Track and Field Team. He was recognized as a CIS Football All-Star.

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Hear what our athletes are saying

Matt Nichol has the knowledge, the experience and the dedication not just to train, but to TEACH athletes how to reach way past their current level and to achieve their dreams of performance. I worked with Matt for 8 years and he helped me to achieve my dreams of performance. Thanks Matt!

Mats Sundin - 11 Time NHL All-Star

“Matty’s unique ability to effectively combine strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility training with nutritional and lifestyle coaching make him a world-class trainer. He has the ability to create the optimal program for each individual hockey player to bring them to their most elite playing level. Matty is the most efficient and productive trainer I have ever worked with.”

Mike Cammalleri - Calgary Flames

Matt Nichol has been an invaluable resource for me, not only by providing in-season workouts, but also providing insight into nutrition and supplementation to maximize my health throughout the season. When I met Matt I was immediately impressed by his vast knowledge of not only strength and conditioning, but also nutrition, rehabilitation techniques and overall health matters. He has a tremendous understanding of the rigors and demands of an NHL season. He would be a huge asset to anyone looking to improve their performance, whether it’s through individualized workouts, specific nutrition advice or a comprehensive rehab program. I believe that through Matt’s guidance, he can help any athlete maximize their potential. Matt will always be a trusted resource throughout my career and beyond.

Lee Stempniak

I was incredibly fortunate to have met Matt Nichol in 2001. Up until that point in my professional career, I was never able to secure a permanent roster spot, had moved through four different NHL organizations and was feeling like my career was in jeopardy. I worked with Matt Nichol for 11 years. With Matt’s inspiring leadership, expertise in strength and conditioning and nutrition, he empowered me to go on and play over 1,000 games in the NHL. I can say with 100% confidence that Matt Nichol was the greatest influence on my professional hockey career! Steve Staios, 16 NHL Seasons, 1001 Career NHL Games

Steve Staios

Matt, you helped me to do something that nobody else believed was possible….You gave me my career back!

Ray Emery

Not only is Matt the best trainer with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure of working, but he is an amazing person who truly cares about his clients! He does not believe in trying to fit a square peg in a round hole – what works for one person may not work for another. And with me, a generic approach would not have worked, so I’m lucky to have found him! I didn’t actually start lifting weights until I joined the bobsleigh team in September ’05, and the following year I started to struggle with some nagging injuries. Fortunately, it was then that I was introduced to Matt and we started working together between my various tours. My primary goal at that time was rehab, as it continued to be as I broke my shoulder in a rugby game the following spring. However, I needed to continue to train within the context of two very physically-demanding sports, and traditional rehabilitation would not have cut it. I needed to be more than simply “pain-free”. I needed to be able to push a 400-lbs bobsleigh and tackle the biggest girl on the rugby field without hesitation. I needed to go from 6 seconds of power in bobsleigh to 80 minutes of endurance in rugby. Besides formulating an exciting, ever-changing, challenging, sport-specific training program for me, I was blown away by Matt’s talent at modifying exercises for my injuries to achieve the same purpose, without compromising the intensity required for my sports! Matt has been a critical part of my successful return to World Cup bobsleigh and will continue to help me improve as an elite athlete. He is an amazing trainer and a genuine person, and I consider myself very lucky to have worked with him. Heather Moyse – Canadian Olympic Bobsledder and National Rugby Player, MScOT

Heather Moyse

I met Matt in 2006 after having surgery for a Sports Hernia. I was scared to death about my recovery, I thought to myself, “Will I be able to come back?” “Will I ever be the same player again?” Matt quickly alleviated my fears because of his extensive re-hab knowledge. His re-hab techniques were on the “cutting edge” and not only did I come back…I came back stronger than ever! I highly recommend Matt to anyone who is looking to get better – whether its re-habbing an injury or improving performance. Matt will have the best and most cutting edge answers for you and your needs. You want the best? You got the best in Matt Nichol!

Sandro DeAngelis, Calgary Stampeders, 2008 CFL All-Star, 2008 Grey Cup Champion, 2008 Most Outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup

Within three weeks of starting training with Matt, I was hitting new personal bests in the gym, and saw my new strength translating into speed whether I was doing distance work or intervals in my racing chair.

Jeff Adams, Canadian Paralympian, Six-time world champion in wheelchair sports

Matt is very knowledgeable and uses many different techniques to reach the goals that are set by both trainer and athlete/client. Training with Matt was hard work but it was alot of fun too. There was lots of sweat, and pain but there was always laughter in the gym and out on the track and those laughs were what kept me going on the hard days! He showed me that I can do just about anything that I put my mind to, helping me to set goals that were attainable and then setting new ones once the first were accomplished. Matt is a hard worker, a great trainer and always has his client’s best interests in mind and I thank him for helping me reach my goals in his programs and in my everyday life.

Michelle Conway – Canadian Olympian, NCAA Division 1 Gymnast (UCLA, IOWA)