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!
GDI PROGRAM NEWS:
GDI Power Hour Clinics are starting up January 12th!
As the stress on a goaltender builds throughout the season to perform and compete to the best of their ability on a day to day bases, it is important for a goaltender to keep their game focus on the areas of their position that they CAN control. GDI Power Hour Clinics
are just what a goaltender needs to refresh their approach to the position before playoffs. For more info Click Here
Rakochy The MJHL Peak Performer of the Month of December:
GDI trained goaltender Zach Rakochy
of the Steinbach Pistons has been named the Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month for December.
Through the month of December the Saskatchewan born netminder had three big games against Dauphin and Selkirk where he stole the show making 40+ stops.
In addition to helping the Pistons continue their march towards making the playoffs for the first time in team history Rakochy was involved significantly in local fund raising. In November and December he helped present a strong sense of leadership with a focus on helping charities that support men’s mental health. After a recent home game, Zach and teammate Kyle Rous shaved their heads publicly in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association and Prostate Cancer Awareness, respectively.
Between the two players, they raised about $2,000 for the local charities. The hair-cutting project started growing after Rakochy was deeply impacted when a former hockey teammate took his own life.
“We had played junior together. He was a good buddy of mine,” said the Pistons’ goaltender, who hails from Canora, Sk. “He suffered from depression. When he took his life it really hit me hard. I wanted to make a difference after that.
Rakochy, 19, has also been actively involved in minor hockey and has worked one on one with several minor hockey goalies to develop their skills. In December he also packed food hampers that were distributed to needy families. In addition to all these activities he also made four school appearances and spoke to students at local schools.
For more on this article by the MJHL Click Here
Ryan Cyr Featured on the 4th Line Hockey Show:
GDI President Ryan Cyr was recently featured on ShawTVWinnipeg
The 4th Line Hockey Show discussing goalie equipment... http://ow.ly/gKyuS
THE WEEKLY WORD:
Head over to The Rink Training Centre Blog at www.therink.ca
on Wednesday to catch THE WEEKLY WORD for all the news on the players training at the centre! Wednesday reports on players are written by The Rink's Jon Cara and Monday reports on skill development are written by The Rink's Dave Cameron.
Rakochy and Koop Help Pistons to 5 Wins in 6 Games:
Pistons have taken 5 of their last 6 with help from goalies Zach Rakochy and Corey Koop.
After a big victory against the Portage Terriers earlier in the week the Pistons came up against OCN, Wayway, and Swan Valley on the road. Up to the task the team was able to grab 4 out of 6 points which in turn is worthy of pushing the team four points back of the Selkirk Steelers.
After the weekend the Pistons now go up against the Portage Terriers back at home this Wednesday.
Fiebelkorn With Two Big Victory's For Wayway :
The MJHL rookie tender helped his Junior A team to back to back wins as he helped the team take down the league leaders the OCN Blizzard and then the Steinbach Pistons.
In both games Fiebelkorn was awarded the games 3rd Star Award for his performance.
Through the two tests he allowed one goal against which frustrated the opposition as they had 41 shots (OCN) and 38 shots (Steinbach) thrown against him.
now sits with a 2-2 record since he came back from the WHL Tri-City Americans.
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