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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ON DAY ONE BE AN OBSERVER:

  As a coach I progressively learn from year to year. One thing that I have heard over and over again from head coaches that I have worked with is "we do not carry passengers!" Remember that quote, because we will touch on it more later! Many players start the year off with their new team excited to put on the jersey, possibly starting their first year of Midget or Junior or maybe their first year of Bantam AAA. Well quickly they find out that their comes a demand when playing on a high performance team. The demand to compete every single time that a player is on the ice is expected by the head coach and every individual on a team. Every team has different standards that are set in place at the start of the year. At a Junior, College, or Pro level their is also rich history and tradition that is also there. In mentioning this, what I would like to suggest to every player that starts this season is to simply take some time to observe at the start of the season. No, don't do nothing, stay in action. Observe and learn! In the opening first two weeks look into what the coaching staff and management is expecting of the team and of you as an individual. Look into your role. Search for how the culture is within the team and the traditions that have molded the team over many years. In the book "Mastery" author Robert Greene stats that in an apprenticeship their are three essential steps. Before skills acquisition and experimentation their is deep observation. Greene discusses the observation phase of entering a new field by stating "Every workplace has its own conventions, rules of behavior, and work standards." Furthermore he discusses first impressions by saying, "If you impress people in these first months, it should be because of the seriousness of your desire to learn. Your job is to understand the power relationships that exist and to get a complete lay of the land." With this info from Greene we can translate the message of understanding"Work Standards" to your team and how you must act around the rink. Passengers that sit around aimlessly have no direction and conscious view of the team standards. A goaltender that is a leader is one who understands the messages that a coach is trying to get across when they speak to the team... they understand their role as a goaltender (Starting netminder or back-up, rookie or veteran) and they know how they must act to be a well-respected individual on the team and within the league that they are playing in. So, what I suggest to YOU is that when you get onto your team to start the year you must OBSERVE. Learn what is expected from you. Take every day seriously. Use the phenomenal acronym and message from Lou Holtz, "I've always been able to focus myself by thinking of the acronym WIN, which stands for What's Important Now." If you do this I guarantee you will not waste anytime on the trivial questions as you will focus on what is important... what is expected!   Remind yourself each day: What is the team culture... What is expected of me? ___________________________________________________________________________

      Coming back from the training camp with the NHL Carolina Hurricanes Austin Lotz was ready to go on Saturday night against the Prince George Cougars. Lotzy pushed aside 29 of 32 as he faced old training partner from the summer Ty Edmonds in the opposing end. Everett goes up against the Vancouver Giants next on September 27th. Edmonds has seen action now three nights in a row. On Friday and Saturday he backed up Brett Zarowny and on Sunday he got his first start of the season against the Tri-City Americans. Well as a rookie he hasn't done too bad. He has gotten his feet wet in his first two appearances where he was called upon later in the game and then in his first start he picked up the win by a score of 2-1 as he made 21 stops on the night, almost closing in on a shutout until one snuck by him midway through the 3rd period. The Spokane Chiefs start the year off on the right foot with a win over Tri-City on Saturday. 20-year old netminder Eric Williams grabbed the victory as he stopped 22 of 24 on the night as he had a fairly calm game in net against their division rival. The Chiefs go back to work in a couple days against the Victoria Royals with back-to-back games on the 24th and 25th. ___________________________________________________________________________

      Well the weekend was busy for the CJHL! Many games on the schedule to look at. 19-Year-old Andy Desautels started a new chapter this year moving to the BCHL to play on the West Kelowna Warriors. While he sure didn't get mezmerized by the great atmosphere of living out in Kelowna. Dezzy has gone 5-1 to start the year off. Most recently on the weekend he backstopped the team to two victories over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks with 29 and 28 stops. For more on the games and video highlights Click Here. In the MJHL Portage, Steinbach, and Selkirk all went 2-0 through Friday to Sunday. For Portage Mitch Wiebe stopped 26 of 29 vs. the Neepawa Natives on Sunday and Talor Joseph 31 of 34 on Friday. 1997 born league rookie Tyson Verhelst was put to the fire Sunday as he was in-between the pipes for the Natives stopping 25 of 32. Besides the loss Verhelst was in for 60 minutes and killed of 6 of 7 powerplay attempts by the Terriers. Steinbach Pistons goaltenders faced a flurry of rubber over Friday and Saturday night as they saw 70 shots fired on net. Five year Junior A veteran Zach Rakochy started the Pistons home-opener and jump started the team to a win in a double header against the Winkler Flyers as he stopped all 8 attempts the Flyers had on the Powerplay and 35 of 38 total shots on net. The following evening Wisconsin born newcomer Nick Deery kept out 30 of 32 to bring the team to a 2-0 start to the year. Sunday evening was capped off with the Western Canada Cup hosts the Dauphin Kings being victorious in Overtime against the OCN Blizzard by a score of 4-3. Looked upon as the teams new starter to take over for McDonald is 1994 born Alex Henry. Between the pipes in this one he held his own to pick up a point in the first game of the season as he stopped 41 of 45 in a busy night. In the first period alone he saw 20 shots on net, just allowing one to get past him in the opening frame. In the opposing end picking up the win is 20 year old goaltender Jeremy Pominville who stopped 16 of 19 on the road. Coming up this week in the MJHL notable games are: Portage Terriers vs. the Winnipeg Blues - We will see if the Blues can manage to pick up their first win against a strong divisional opponent. Selkirk will also play Dauphin on Friday night which I am sure will be a great game to watch. ___________________________________________________________________________

      The season awaits still for 15-17 year old hopeful's that are still deep into tryouts. For many teams they are close to being down to their final numbers as only 3 or 4 goalies remain on the training camp roster for Midget teams across Canada. The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League starts up on October 2nd with the reigning 2012-2013 MBAAA League Champions the Winnipeg Wild going up against the Kenora Thistles on October 2nd. Next up after that the Brandon Wheat Kings face the Central Plains Capitals on October 4th. To follow along for exhibition scores Click Here. The Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League starts on September 27th as the Notre Dame Argos go against school rival the Notre Dame Hounds. For the league schedule and results of the exhibition games to date Click Here. The BC Major Midget League started on the 21st with 10 games over the weekend and the Alberta Midget Hockey League starts up on September 27th. The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs look to continue their winning ways for the 2013-2014 season as they have been crowned the Telus Cup - National Midget Championship title over the past two years winning over Quebec in 2012 and then Ontario this past year. ___________________________________________________________________________

      The final cuts for Winnipeg AAA Bantam 1 and 2 players were made this past Friday and coming up for Midget City and Provincial rosters the teams will be made shortly as the final selections are set for the 24th (Provincial) and 26th of September (City Midget). For rosters of the teams Click Here.   ___________________________________________________________________________        
From Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller3039): "Well... that escalated quickly. #oldtimehockey #eddieshore"
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From Am Game Entertainment (@AmsGameEnt): "Americans kill the penalty and return to full strength. Rankin couldn't quite beat Ty Edmonds on a fast break as he stepped out of the box."
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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.
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