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!
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 open from 3:30pm-9:30pm during the week and 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!
Total GDI In-Season Academy
The In-Season Total GDI Goaltending Academy is designed to support the competitive athlete. With hectic team practice and game schedules in mind, the Academy gives goaltenders the opportunity to train before school hours to help their time management and create a positive environment to succeed at both education and hockey development.
15 Tactical Sessions During Season (50 Minute duration each)
8 Power Hour Sessions During Season (60 Minutes duration each)
Pre-Ice Online Instruction included on GDI Tracker – Student Login
Jersey and Water Bottle Included
Quarterly Video Analysis Reports on GDI Tracker
Low Athlete: Coach Ratio (3:1)
Time and Cost Effective
Unparalleled Goaltender Support
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Hughson Joins The Windsor Spitfires
GDI Goalie Garret Hughson has found a new home not only with a new team but also in a new league.
General Manager Warren Rychel announced today the club has acquired goaltender Garret Hughson in a deal with the Niagara IceDogs.
The 20-year-old native of Foremost, Alberta was placed on CHL waivers earlier this week and was claimed by the IceDogs. In return for his rights, the Spits have sent their 15th Round pick in 2017 to Niagara.
“We are pleased to add a goalie of Garret's caliber,” Rychel said. “He gives us a ton of junior hockey experience and another solid goaltender. We felt it was important to add another veteran piece, since (Michael) DiPietro will be away at the end of the month for a few weeks (at the World Under-17 championship).”
Hughson played parts of four seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, appearing in 105 regular season and six playoff games.
In 53 appearances last season, he posted 23 wins and a 2.80 goals against average, along with a .902 save percentage and two shutouts.
"I've heard nothing but good things about Windsor," Hughson said over the phone from the Calgary airport. "It sounds like a great place to play and it's a fresh start for me. And I'm joining a team that's going to make a run, which is important to me."
Hughson says he's the type of goalie that looks to challenge shooters.
"In terms of style, I'm a big, athletic guy. I like to play at the top of the paint. Otherwise, nothing too out of the ordinary."
Hughson will arrive in North Bay later today and will wear No.30.
To read the article Click HereHughson has been training with GDI for over 3 years by travelling to Winnipeg to participate in 1v1 lessons. GDI President Ryan Cyr is also the goaltending coach of the Spokane Chiefs.
Hard Work Pays Off For Mario Petit
Mario Petit always knew he wanted to be a goalie. He always knew it would take hard work and lots of practice. He did not know where it would take him and it's a dream come true as Petit is now suiting up for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.
It wasn't always the easiest road for the Manitoba native Petit, he's faced adversity and has risen to the challenge. Petit details his hockey journey starting with suiting up for his home town team. "I started at the age of 12 playing for the good, old Ile Des Chenes Elks. I played two years there then jumped up to bantam for the Seine River Snipers for another two years. My first year in bantam wasn't my best year, I was a backup but the second year was when I started to get better as a goalie. I got noticed by a few teams in the WHL like Everett, Brandon, Lethbridge, Kamloops and Calgary."
It was after that year in bantam where Petit would get an opportunity to shine and he sure did not disappoint. "When I got to midget, I was getting pretty good. I played Eastman Selects Midget AAA and I got to play for Team Manitoba which is huge because it helped me get more exposure and that's when I got listed with Everett, which is where it all got started with Everett. I was also drafted by the (Steinbach) Pistons. It was big, I didn't expect it. I was never sure where I'd end up but I just made sure I worked hard, would stay on my game. My goal with the Eastman Selects was to win the league and we came close, we finished second. I got to be the starter and it was great with those guys."
This year all the hard work, all the time spent learning paid off in a big was as he walked through the Everett Silvertips door and pulled that jersey over his head. Petit walks us through his thoughts heading into day one in the WHL. "First day at camp I was just so focused and I had a good feeling just knowing I'd do well at camp I could make the team. I was just really positive and I knew deep down I'd do really good. The nerves were gone before even showing up for camp because I was just so prepared. It didn't psyche me out that guys I'd be playing against were NHL prospects, I just focused at what I needed to do and I did it."
Being a goalie can be thankless at times and there will always be road blocks, whether it be a more established starter or a young kid trying to catch up and take your role. Petit gives some advice to younger players wanting to patrol the blue paint. "You have to have the right attitude because you can go in at any point. You have to be ready at all times and if not, it doesn't mean you're a failure; it's just not your time. It's like if you get a higher end job, you won't start at the top, you just have to wait your turn. You can control what you can control and that's all."
Even though he's reached the next level, Petit is far from satisfied and has his sights set high for a special year in Everett. "I'm not satisfied yet. I want to take the starters position and help my team with success. I want to win a Memorial Cup this year. I want this to be a big year for me and my team."
For the complete article Click HerePetit has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.______________________________________________________________________________________
Claeys Heads West
Another GDI Goalie has found himself a new team. This time it was Brody Claeys.
Claeys was recently shipped out west to join the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League.
So far Claeys has appeared in one game for the Bulldogs. He turned aside 32 saves in a losing effort as the Chilliwack Chiefs defeated the Bulldogs 3-2.
Claeys has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.
GDI Power Hours
The GDI Pre-Season Power Hours continued this week at The Rink Training Centre.
The goalies have been coming to GDI every Wednesday to stay sharp for the current hockey season.
GDI would like to wish all of the goalies that attended the best of luck in their new seasons.
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VAUGHN EQUIPMENT DEMOS
Are you looking at getting new equipment? Ask us about our Vaughn demo equipment. We have many different sets of Vaughn equipment that are available for you to demo during your 1v1 lesson at GDI Goaltending.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions
TESTify Performance is a new addition to GDI and The Rink. Check out Adam Jones of the Midget AAA Winnipeg Wild running through the tests of a TESTify Performance session.
For more information on TESTify Performance Click Here
Make sure to check back at gdigoaltending.com on Tuesdays to read the Tuesday Mental Training tip.
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.
Did we miss something? If you know something we don't or have news regarding a friend, your son or daughter, or even about your own accomplishments please let us know! We love to hear about success stories! Email us at email@example.com
Brett is the Development Coordinator at GDI and is the current Goaltending Coach of the MBAAA Winnipeg Thrashers.
Brett provides 1v1 instruction at GDI, along with being apart of GDI Regional Development Camps and Clinics throughout the season. He provides a strong technical and psychological perspective on the position, helping each goaltender he instructs reach new heights.