Timeline and History of STEP

17,000 skating tests were compiled from Amateur, Junior, and Professional players ages 7-30 years.

Early 1990’s

Ron Johnson designed a twin beam infra timing system to measure skating speed accurately to one hundredth of a second


Late 1990’s

17,000 skating tests performed and analyzed with a conclusion resulting in a clear objective outcome that there are indeed skating skills and puck control skills that top point-producing players possess.

2000-2009

Analyzing Hockey Statistics

Mr. Johnson began researching and analyzing NHL game statistics by working alongside a statistician with the objective to understand how players’ decisions impacted game and tactical related data. Together, he and the statistician drew inferences logging over 15 different types of statistics of which included; time on ice, line combinations, offensive play-type and location, turnovers, shot location etc.

Mr. Johnson expanded his testing in 2005 to include not only skating speed, but physiological, biometric, and cognitive attributes as well.

Mr. Johnson worked closely with Ohio State University and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to develop software that analyzes a complex series of balance, speed, agility, and strength and power tests.

NHL Draft Combine and NHL Pre-Draft

Mr. Johnson was hired by the NHL to analyze data for the 2008 NHL Draft Combine in Toronto. He also developed the testing for the NHL Pre-Draft in Edmonton.

Mr. Johnson also analyzed over 5,000 videos of players performing skating, stickhandling, passing and shooting fundamentals during this time. He collected this data with the objective to correlate mechanical principles with time and offensive production.

5,000 videos analyzed of players performing skating, stickhandling, passing, and shooting fundamentals with the objective to correlate mechanical principles with time and offensive production.

2010-2016

Addition of Hockey Biomechanics

Mr. Johnson founded a separate company with the objective to build equipment to help train hockey skill specific shooting movements and mechanical principles. Since that company's inception, Mr. Johnson has spent thousands of hours analyzing over 9,000 NHL goals, cross-referencing over 50 data points so that a fully comprehensive STEP curriculum could be implemented at the Amateur and youth levels.


In 2015 Elite Hockey Science Reston was formed to help integrate the STEP curriculum into the Amateur youth developmental model in Reston, VA.


During this time over 9,000 NHL goals were analyzed cross-referencing over 50 data points so that a fully comprehensive STEP curriculum could be implemented at the Amateur and youth levels.

All of the collected and analyzed data made it possible for Mr. Johnson to formulate a sophisticated developmental curriculum called STEP