Wake up, start your week, and dive into the Monday Morning GDI Goalie News!
Who stopped the most shots… which netminder rebounded from a tough loss… who had the best performance of the week?
Look below, get your goalie fix to start the week. Here we go!
Mid-Season Tuneup Camps:
As the hockey season wears on, a goaltender’s focus naturally drifts as the intense training of the summer time gets farther in the rear view mirror. This is the perfect time for a GDI Midseason Tune-up. This camp refreshes the goaltenders mind and muscle memory. Timed with the Christmas layoff, this provides goalies with an outstanding refresher course just before the stretch run to the playoffs.
GDI will be offering 3 separate locations over the Christmas break for these camps.
Dec. 27: Brandon, MB - Brandon Sportsplex
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Dec. 27: Russell, MB - Russell Multiplex
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Dec. 28,29,30: Winnipeg, MB - The Rink Training Centre
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Book your spots as soon as possible as the camps will fill up quickly.
BOOK YOUR 1v1 SPOTS FOR GDI NOVEMBER 1v1's:
Make sure you stay sharp this season by attending 1v1 lessons. The month of November is starting to fill up for 1v1 sessions at the centre.
We are now open from 3:30PM-9:30PM during the week, 10:00AM-3:00PM Saturday and Sunday.
To make sure you secure your spots throughout November we suggest signing up for your 1v1 sessions well in advance!
Lotz Plays Through The Pain Of Losing Best Friend
If Austin Lotz seemed a little subdued during postgame celebrations following the Everett Silvertips' 6-3 victory over the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday night at Xfinity Arena, it wasn't because the Tips goaltender was any less emotionally invested.
The difference? Lotz played Wednesday's game with a heavy heart in the wake of losing his best friend, Cole Hamblin, to cancer that morning.
That victory wasn't for his teammates, the fans or even himself. That one was for Cole. “He was one of those guys who always lit up the room,” Lotz said Thursday when remembering Hamblin. “He always had a smile on his face and definitely had a goofy side to him. Even though he drove me crazy sometimes, he always found a way to make me smile and lighten everything up.”
Hamblin, who spent parts of three seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Spokane Chiefs and Regina Pats, was diagnosed in September with advanced mucoephidermoid carcinoma after experiencing lower-back pain. He was confined to the hospital until his passing Wednesday. He was 21.
Lotz and Hamblin grew up together in St. Adolphe, a small Manitoba town of approximately 1,000 residents located 20 miles south of Winnipeg. They first met as young children and became instant friends, with their mutual passion for hockey helping build the bond. Hamblin even played a crucial role in Lotz becoming a goaltender.Lotz played Wednesday's game with a heavy heart in the wake of losing his best friend, Cole Hamblin, to cancer that morning.
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For the past 4 years Cole Hamblin has been a huge part in the helping goalies train in the off-season. He has been a shooter at our GDI Off-Season Academy, and in large part a favorite by many goalies as he brought a heavy shot on the ice and a great sense of humor and enjoyment to each goalies training.
In addition to helping at GDI Hamblin also trained with our partners The Rink Training Centre and Elite Performance for over 5 years.
From all of the staff, we will remember Hamblin for his skill on the ice with his heavy shot, his great sense of humor, and his tremendous leadership that he brought. Cole, we will miss you greatly around GDI.
Martyniuk halts the Stampeders & Pistons
Troy Martyniuk earned first star honours in back to back starts this past week.
On Wednesday Martyniuk and the Dauphin Kings visited the Swan Valley Stampeders in Swan River, MB.
The Kings were able to hold off the Stampeders by a score of 2-1. Martyniuk was busy making 31 saves in the win including killing off all 7 the the Stampeder's power plays.
Martyniuk was back between the pipes Friday night as the Kings were visited by the Steinbach Pistons.
Martyniuk was solid again as he made 27 saves in a 3-1 King's victory. The Kings were perfect again on the penalty kill as they killed all 5 Piston's power plays.
Troy Martyniuk has been training with GDI since it opened in Winnipeg, participating in countless 1v1 lessons, GDI Summer Camps and being a regular student in the Total GDI Academy.
Dola named MBLL Impact Player of the Month
Hayden Dola was rewarded for his performance during the month of October by being named the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Impact player of the month for the Selkirk Steelers.
Dola has had an impressive start to his rookie season in the MJHL. So far he has posted a record of 7-7-0 with the Selkirk Steelers. Dola also has a Gaa of 2.86 to go along with his Sv% of .910. Dola has also posted 1 shutout so far this season.
Dola has been training with GDI for years taking part in many 1v1 lessons as well as being a regular in the GDI Total Academy.
World Under 17 Hockey Challenge
The world Under 17 Hockey Challenge wrapped up this weekend.
Taking part in the tournament was GDI Goalie Ryan Kubic.
Kubic appeared in 2 games for Team Canada White posting wins in both of his starts.
Kubic posted numbers of 2.85 for his GAA and a Sv% of .882.
Kubic trains regularly at GDI with 1v1 lessons. Kubic is also a student in the Total GDI Academy and has taken part in GDI Summer Camps.
Whitesell Blanks The Chiefs
Nicole Whitesell didn't allow a single shot past her on Sunday.
Nicole Whitesell and the Winnipeg Avros beat the Yellowhead Chiefs 4-0 Sunday at the Keith Bodley Arena.
Whitesell made 22 saves for her 2nd shutout of the season.
So far this season Whitesell has posted a record of 5-1 in her second year with the Winnipeg Avros. She has also posted sparkling numbers with a GAA of 1.81 and a Sv% of .921.
Whitesell has been with GDI for many years attending regular 1v1 lessons as well as attending many GDI Prospect Camps and being a student in the Total GDI Academy.
In-Season Total GDI Academy Kicks Off
The first week of the Total GDI Academy started up this past week.
3 separate groups of GDI Goalies are on the ice before school at 7:00am every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the season.
These goalies will go through a 14 week personal curriculum with graded and charted lesson results as well as video analysis each lesson.
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