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! 

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Make sure you stay sharp this season by attending 1v1 lessons. The month of February is starting to fill up for 1v1 sessions at the centre. We are open from 3:30pm-9:30pm during the week and 10:00am-2:00pm / 3:00pm-7:00pm Saturdays and 10:00am-3:00pm Sundays. To make sure you secure your spots throughout February, we suggest signing up for your 1v1 sessions well in advance! Sign-Up-Button-GDI-Website-grey-background  

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STEINBACH AM POWER HOUR CLINICS

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GDI SPRING ACADEMIES

GATEWAY (April 25th-June 13th)

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PROSPECT CLINICS

SPRING POE/JR PREP (April 24th-27th)

Ages: 14-17  -  4 Tactical Sessions  -  Gateway Arena For more information CLICK HERE

SUMMER PROSPECT CLINIC (August 22nd-26th)

Ages: 15 & Up  -  5 Tactical Sessions  -  1 Educational Lecture  -  River Heights Arena Group 1: 5:45pm-6:45pm  -  For more information CLICK HERE Group 2: 7:00pm-8:00pm  -  For more information CLICK HERE

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Major Junior News

Kubic Makes 28 Saves For Shutout Victory

GDI Goalie Ryan Kubic has continued to be a force between the pipes for the WHL's Vancouver Giants. From: Steve Ewen, The Province "The Vancouver Giants’ immediate future is hard to gauge. Their long-range outlook has more promise, thanks in part to goaltender Ryan Kubic." "Kubic is a WHL rookie who turned 18 in January, but he continues to look like a seasoned veteran of the league. He made 28 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings in a Family Day matinee Monday at the Pacific Coliseum." "That included a pad stop on a penalty shot effort by Edmonton’s Tyler Robertson at 7:06 of the first period." "Kubic also stood his ground on Kole Gable with 3:52 left after a mix-up between Giants defencemen Dmitry Osipov and Tyler Brown at the Vancouver bench on a line change gift-wrapped Gable a wide-open chance." To read more CLICK HERE Kubic has been training with GDI for over 6 years through GDI Summer Camps, 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.

Logan FlodellFlodell Posts Second Shutout Against First Place Rockets

Flodell may have the Kelowna Rockets' number as he posted his second shutout against the first place Rockets. "Mathew Barzal had a hat trick and Logan Flodell made 31 saves to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 6-0 shutout victory over the Kelowna Rockets Tuesday night at ShoWare Center." "The shutout was Flodell’s second of the season. He made eight saves in the first period, 10 in the second period and 13 in the third period. Flodell’s record is now 15-12-3-0. Flodell shut out the Rockets in a 2-0 victory on January 31 at ShoWare Center. He made 23 saves in that game." To read more CLICK HERE Flodell has been training with GDI for over 6 years through GDI Summer Camps in Regina, SK as well as traveling to Winnipeg to train through 1v1 lessons.

Tyler Brown Pats WheatBrown Harvests Wheat Kings

Tyler Brown and the Regina Pats came up big in a win before a sold out Brandt Centre Saturday night. Brown and the Pats were able to defeat the Eastern Division leading Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2 in front of 6,327 fans. Brown was solid between the pipes stopping 30 of the 32 shots fired his direction. Brown and the Pats were also stingy on the penalty kill as they killed off all 5 of the Wheat Kings power plays. Brown was also named the 2nd star of the game for the Pats. To read more CLICK HERE Brown has been training with GDI for over 6 years through 1v1 lessons, GDI Summer Camps and the Total GDI Academy.
  ncaa hockey news

KasdorfKasdorf Keeping RPI In Games

By Ed Weaver Jason Kasdorf may be about to play his final six regular-season games for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The senior goaltender hasn’t thought much about that possibility yet, though. “I try not to think about it,” the Winnipeg native said Tuesday. “Just because I know I have to do well here to move on and thinking about the future usually doesn’t help.” The NCAA granted Kasdorf a medical red-shirt full season, if he chooses to use it, since he missed all but two games of his sophomore season of 2013-14. Kasdorf, who’s National Hockey League rights were traded by his hometown Winnipeg Jets to the Buffalo Sabres, hasn’t yet given any thought about coming back to RPI for a red-shirt fifth season, or signing with the Sabres. “From now until the end of (the season); you really don’t know how long that is,” Kasdorf siad. “It could be month, it could be two months. It’s a long time and I don’t want to consume myself with things that might not happen or might happen. At the end of the day, if Buffalo wants to do something, that’s their choice but I won’t know until the end of the season.” “I try to look at the process more than the result,” Kasdorf said. “I think that’s something that’s really helped me out a lot. When you look at the standings, I think you get too caught up in that and you don’t think about the game enough.” But without at least three wins among those six games — and some help from other teams — such as rival Union on Friday night at Dartmouth, RPI won’t get that final spot. 920x920“I understand the standings and I know they’re there,” Kasdorf said. “I try to put them in the back of my head because, at the end of day, I’ll I can do is my best to stop pucks and all my forwards can do is try to score and play defense. “Everybody’s got his own part and if we all work together, then the results will take care of themselves, but if we focus too much on the results instead of what we’re trying to do — that’s never a good recipe for success.” Rensselaer coach Seth Appert said several times, and a couple players have echoed him, that there are time the Engineers sit back with a lead and let teams come at them, assuming/expecting that Kasdorf will make all of the big saves necessary. “I just think about stopping the next shot and I think my team’s done a good job of clearing rebounds and backchecking and I think that’s been a real key to our success,” Kasdorf said. “If we can continue to clear rebounds and make sure we’re backchecking hard and take care of our (defensive) zone, then the (RPI) goals will come and the wins will come with that as well.” Wins have been tough for the 18th-ranked Engineers (6-4-6 in the ECACH, 14-10-6 overall) since they overcame a 3-0 deficit at Brown and rallied for a 4-3 victory on Jan 29 and they dropped all three games since. The were shut out by both Yale and St. Lawrence and managed just two goals in a 4-2 home loss to Clarkson Both scores came on tap-in rebounds by Milos Bubela. Kasdorf still has “great faith” in his teammates and Appert believes firmly in Kasdorf. “He’s been great,” Appert said. “Does he need to be better — no. He just needs to give us what Jason Kasdorf gives us. He gives us a chance to win pretty much every game he’s played in this year and throughout his career. I thought he looked great this (past) weekend. He had a shutout going for 55 minutes one night, 50 minutes the next night. I thought the goals against Clarkson ... Clarkson earned the win but at the same time, I thought Kas didn’t have a lot of puck luck in that game. They were pretty bouncy type goals. One was going two feet wide and it hit a guy’s chest and went in; one was going a foot wide and hit (RPI center Mark) Miller’s stick and went in and the other they were throwing to the back post and (Kasdorf) had that read and then it ricocheted off a skate and went to a guy in the slot for a one-timer. “So, I think Kas has been real, real good for us and we feel great with him in net.” Kasdorf does not have a winning record (8-8-4) but his numbers (2.15 goals against average, 93.4 saves percentage) are as good as most of the goalies with big winning records. Jason KasdorfAppert has always said that Kasdorf’s outstanding work ethic is his best asset. “He’s the son of a plumber and he plays like it and trains like it,” Appert said. “His dad’s a Brazilian immigrant, immigrated to Canada. Came from nothing and he’s worked his tail off as a plumber to build a great life for his family through his work ethic and he’s embedded that work ethic in his son. (Jason’s) work ethic and commitment and his willingness to prepare properly is as good as anybody I’ve ever been around and he takes confidence through that preparation and puts it into how he practices and plays.” When it comes to the puck — rebound control, angles, movement through the crease, communicating with defensemen and backcheckers — “he’s good at all of that,” Appert said. “(He) doesn’t have a glaring weakness. He’s 6-foot-4, he’s athletic, he’s competitive. He’s learned through time how to get better at reading plays, when to be aggressive, when to be more passive. His will to want to learn to keep getting better is real high.” Kasdorf will be around RPI for six more regular-season games and at least one playoff series. “Right now, I just try to focus on trying to win here. That’s all I can do right now,” he said. For the full article CLICK HERE Kasdorf has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.
Junior A News

Brenden Newton Flin Flon BombersBombers' Newton Named SJHL Rookie Of The Month

GDI Goalie Brenden Newton was recently named the SJHL's Rookie of the Month for January. The Flin Flon Bombers had an excellent month of January and for their efforts in the success, 1995 born forward Alex Smith (Edmonton, AB) and rookie goalie Brenden Newton (Medicine Hat, AB) each walked away with a monthly SJHL award. Newton took over the reins from an injured Zac Robidoux and found his groove going 8-1 in 8 starts with is lone loss coming against the Weyburn Red Wings on the road on January 23rd. He had a goals against average of 1.89 and save percentage of 0.936 to go along with two shutouts.  On the season Newton is 12-5-0-1 with a 2.37 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.926. To close out the month, the club split their weekend games, which included a 4-3 loss against the Weyburn Red Wings on Friday in the Hockey Night In The North tilt infront of 1,749 fans.  They rounded out the weekend with a 3-2 overtime win against the La Ronge Ice Wolves. For the full article CLICK HERE Newton has trained with GDI through 1v1 team consulting sessions and game video analysis sessions.
Midget AAA News

Aaron BrunnBrunn Named MBAAA Player Of The Week

GDI Goalie Aaron Brunn was just named the Manitoba Provincial Midget AAA Player of the Week. The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League would like to announce that Aaron Brunn of the Pembina Valley Hawks is this week’s Chicken Chef / DEKALB Player of the Week! Pembina Valley collected three of a possible four points over the weekend with Brunn in net. The second year goaltender stopped 60 of 64 shots for a stellar .938 Save Percentage in the two games. On Friday, against the Norman Norrhstars Brunn turned aside 28 of 30 shots in a 6-2 win for his club. Brunn then forced the 6th-seeded Kenora Thistles to a shootout with a 32 save performance in a 3-2 loss. While the Hawks as a whole have struggled this year, Brunn has had individual success. He’s backstopped the team in six of their eight wins this season. Brunn has two wins and two shootout losses in his last five starts. Congratulations Aaron! To read more CLICK HERE Brunn has trained with GDI through 1v1 lessons at The Rink Training Centre.
In The Crease

Ferguson And Pistons Keep Pedal To The Metal

After winning the MJHL Championship in 2013, Dan Ferguson and the Steinbach Pistons have remained a force to be reckoned with. GDI Director Dan Ferguson joined the MJHL's Steinbach Pistons in 2012 and since then, they have remained one of the top teams in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. That statement is further backed up by the Pistons taking home the Turnbull Cup in 2013. Dan FergusonThe Pistons were able to defeat the Dauphin Kings in 6 games to claim their first Turnbull Cup in franchise history. Goaltenders Corey Koop and Zach Rakochy both played integral parts in that championship Pistons team. Dan is no stranger to championship teams as he has also been the goaltending coach of the Manitoba Provincial Midget AAA Winnipeg Thrashers. The Thrashers took home the most coveted prize in all of AAA hockey in 2011, The Telus Cup. Dan has also helped Pistons goalies reach the next level in their hockey careers. Last years Pistons goaltenders Nick Deery and Mario Petit have both graduated onto different levels and teams. After a breakthrough 2014/2015 season, Nick Deery now finds his name on the roster of the NCAA Div. 1 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Last season Nick was a workhorse for the Pistons. His 2,798 minutes played was a league high. He also led all MJHL goaltenders in shutouts with a total of five. Twice named the MJHL’s Recycle Everywhere Player of the Week, Nick capped his season by capturing the league’s top goaltender award, in addition to a first-team all-star selection. Deery was also nominated for the CJHL Goaltender of the Year Award. Mario Petit has also graduated from last year's Pistons squad, as he is now a member of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips. Petit has been a long time student of Dan's spending countless hours on the ice with Dan. 9d377a05-4194-4518-84b6-1463c45aecd2With two new faces between the pipes there may have been some uncertainty heading into this season, but that quickly changed from the combination of Dan's instruction and strong play by goaltenders Roman Bengert and Jeremy Wik. Bengert has appeared in 28 games so far this season with an impressive record of 21-7 to go along with 2 shutouts. Bengert's Gaa of 2.22 and Sv% of .923 have consistently remained near the top for goaltender statistics this season. Wik is also enjoying a strong first year in the MJHL with an equally as impressive record of 17-5. Wik's numbers are also some of the best in the league with a 2.35 Gaa and .913 Sv%. Wik has also blanked the opposition with 1 shutout so far. This year's Pistons squad currently sits comfortably in second place only behind the defending national champions, the Portage Terriers. Dan regularly attends Pistons practices and conducts 1 on 1 team consulting sessions throughout the season with the Pistons goaltenders.
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