Roger Takahashi, joined the Canucks as the Strength and Conditioning Coach in May of 2003. His responsibilities include specialized hockey conditioning and nutrition programs for both in-season and off-season, as well as recovery programs for injured players to ensure that they return to the Canucks lineup in top physical condition.
In addition to training the players of the Canucks, Takahashi is also responsible for training players on the Canucks farm team, the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, and players of the Victoria Salmon Kings of the East Coast Hockey League. Takahashi also works closely with Vancouver's young prospects to educate them on nutrition and the training commitment required at the elite NHL level.
Since graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Science in 1989, and a Bachelor of Science in Honours Kinesiology in 1991, Takahashi specialized in physical rehabilitation and sports specific training for 10 years. He has trained elite level Canadian athletes of various sports; most recently as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Team Canada's Olympic Orientation Camp 2005.
While attending Waterloo, Takahashi was a member of the field lacrosse team for three years. Prior to working with the Canucks, Takahashi spent 2002-03 as the strength and conditioning coach for the Langley Hornets in the British Columbia Hockey League, and was the Trainer for the BC Under 17 Best Ever Fraser Valley Team. He has written several articles and given several talks regarding injury prevention as well as sports training, and has lectured at the university level at both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.
He is actively involved in the BC Centre of Excellence Programs as well as with the Strength and Conditioning Coaches of the NHL. Takahashi was born and raised in Kamloops and now resides in Surrey with his wife, 3 sons and their dogs.
He is a member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists, the Sports Medicine Council of British Columbia, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.