Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Website


The most interactive goaltending website online is now here!

Join the Revolution online as GDI Prairies provides access to all of your goaltending needs.


Visit www.gdiprairies.com

- GDI Student Login
- GDI Goalie News/ Blog (Updates Daily)
- GDI 3 Stars (Updated Montly)
- The Inside Edge Newsletter (Cutting Edge Tactical and Technical Instruction)
- Online Registration (Camps and 1v1 Instruction)
- Direct Social Network Access (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube)
- Flashy Look With a Quick and Easy to Access Presentation for Clients

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Friday, July 15, 2011

"If they want to give me the opportunity, I won't hesitate to take it."


NEWARK, N.J. -- Like it or not, there will come a time when future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur decides to call it a career.

It even could be at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, when the NHL's all-time leader in regular-season wins, shutouts, games played and numerous other marks has played the final season of the six-year deal he signed prior to the start of the 2006-07 season. Whenever the inevitable does occur, who takes over between the pipes?

Will the Devils consider someone from outside the organization? Or do they begin a new era from within?

Perhaps one of the four goaltenders in attendance, including Jeff Frazee (second round, 2005), Scott Wedgewood (third round, 2010), Maxime Clermont (sixth round, 2010) or Keith Kinkaid (free agent, 2011), one day will fill that huge void along the goal line.

"Goalies are funny … you never know when they're going to come forward," Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello said. "But we've been extremely pleased with Clermont and Wedgewood. They both had very good years with the teams they played for. I know (goalie coaches) Chris (Terreri) and Jacques (Caron) have been very impressed by them."

"Goalies take a lot longer (to develop) than players … I've come to realize that," Wedgewood told NHL.com. "I'm not going to be in there in a year or two; it's just a waiting game for goalies. It takes longer for us to evolve. But with Brodeur and Hedberg here, there is time. Brodeur has set the records for everything. People have said their contracts are coming to an end next year, but what does that mean? What will happen? It's up to Lou (Lamoriello) and the coaching staff. All I can do is show them my game, show them what I can do. If they want to give me the opportunity, I won't hesitate to take it."

"I want to play in the NHL; that's why I'm here and that's why I wake up every day," Clermont told NHL.com. "It's the job I want to have, but I have to go step by step. Now I feel I'm ready to turn pro. I've played four years of junior and I think it's enough for me. I have to show them what I can do."

Clermont, born in Brodeur's hometown of Montreal, went 30-10-5 with a 2.55 GAA and .896 save percentage in 2010-11.

For more on this article by Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com Click Here.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Greatest Glovers!

Everyone's favorite... the one's that feel the best! We all know that your missing turning on the highlights to catch last nights games, so here they are, the NHL's top glove saves. Including some of the games best - Eddie the Eagle, Patty Roy, the Dominator, and Felix that Cat!


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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Past GDI Champions!


Well, it's that time again! GDI Prairies one on one lessons are jam packed with instruction and excitement. Over the course of July and August the center is open from 10:30-9:30. Looking to the weeks ahead the schedule is already more than half full. Tip of advice, organize and register your time slots in advance to secure your training!

Of course, with every GDI session there is that compete factor included! Over the past months the one on one battles have been intense. The GDI one on one war zone of one on one games has had its fair share of battle scares and bone fractures, broken sticks, and has left teammates physically and mentally exhausted after the final series.

On another note, the fact of competing may be considered one of the most crucial and looked upon aspects of the position. Goaltenders that give their all, no matter what, if it is a fun "pick up game" or if it during actual in game performance, will always be considered and known as a "competitor". These "competitors" define the character that everyone admires!

...who knows, maybe YOU could be the next "competitor" for that team your are training for.

In the end, whether the end result has ended in a championship victory or an epic loss, the competition is always one to remember!

Until your next game, here are a couple pictures of past victories...



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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Booster Juice 3v3 Champions


Congrats to the Walkers Rejects for being crowned the Booster Juice 3v3 Champions.

The Championship team includes the following players: Nolan Waker, Chris Benias, Calin Wild, Kip Workman, Dustin Degagne, Riley Dudar, Joe Caligiuri
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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Importance of Hydration


Without water, your body would virtually stop working properly! With water making up more than half of your body weight it becomes evident that a person will not be able to survive for more than a few days without it... at most.

Now, bringing you back to the hockey world, water plays a large importance when training and performing.

If the instructors at GDI started to charge goaltenders for each time they forgot their water bottle for a session we would probably be rich by now. The act of drinking water almost seems routine. But, at the same time the it should be considered essential for all of your athletic needs.

Jeff Fisher - EL1TE Performance - recently posted a great article related to the importance of hydration.

{...the key to your next EL1TE Performance whether it is on the fied, RINK, or in the gym is HYDRATION....

...as most of you already know...blood is the VEHICLE that transports the "good stuff" to working muscles (fuel, oxygen) and the "bad stuff" (acid and waste products)...

...when we loose water from the body...through sweat and other means...if we aren't replacing the fluid we actually loose blood volume...

...meaning...the vehicle that gets the good stuff to our working muscles...can't move as much...and the bad stuff (i.e. Lactic Acid...the "burn" you get from training hard) is harder to remove from our muscles...

...so, as we approach the "dog days of summer"...let's make sure we are taking in enough fluids...

Here are a couple of tips to make sure you are properly hydrated:

1- Don't rely on thirst to get you to drink...funny thing is thirst is a poor indicator of hydration level, if you are thirsty, chances are you are already dehydrated!!!

2- It takes time to hydrate properly...our athletes receive their own personalized hydration plans 1 week out of a major race...or game. Start increasing your fluids 3 days out of a game or race for a good start!

3- Electrolytes...the salts that balance off hydration levels...if you are racing/ playing, make sure you speak with an expert before supplementing either Salt or Potassium...try to consume them through natural sources...BANANAS for Potassium is a great place to start.

4- Lastly...start with 3 litres of WATER per day...not including your juices or milk...Use 3 litres of water per day as your FLUID FOUNDATION. With all of the other fluids you consume, soon you will be body will be ready for most of your physical endeavors.

Success is not a coincidence...it is a choice...make it yours.

Until next time EL1TE Nation,
Onward and upward,
your pal,
fISH}
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

It's Back! ... Introducing the "In-Season" Total GDI Academy




JOIN THE REVOLUTION



The Total GDI Academy is not designed for the individuals who want a casual program. This is for aspiring professional athletes looking to take their game to the next level. GDI Prairies, being the regional leader in goaltender development, has designed a unique program that offers goaltenders something you can’t get anywhere else in the country.



With a goaltenders performance on the ice being the main area critiqued and evaluated across Western Canada, GDI Prairies has created a goaltending academy that incorporates all on-ice aspects that will take the aspiring athlete to new heights. Off-ice training is also taken to a new high with Elite Performance guiding each athlete to improve physically. Through this academy goaltenders will be able to advance their potential and exceed previous standards, year by year, throughout the progression of the academy.



IN-SEASON TOTAL GDI ACADEMY



OVERVIEW



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 maximize their time management ability and create a positive environment to succeed at both education and hockey development. Our goal is to provide world-class goaltending instruction which is lacking in other school programs. In addition to on-ice development sessions goalies will receive performance mentorship with their club teams. This includes a visit to a game, along with video review in order to support and enhance game play throughout the season.



ON ICE SESSIONS



Goaltenders will follow a progressive teaching curriculum designed with elite athletes in mind. Technical improvements as well as tactical approaches will highlight this development. All on-ice sessions are one hour in duration and include 10-15 minutes of confined-space movement. Only 6 goaltenders are accepted into each group. This provides goaltenders a low athlete:coach ratio to maximize on ice development.



GAME ANALYSIS



A GDI Instructor will attend one game to provide a detailed game report with an action plan to be followed up during on-ice sessions. Using GDI’s underlying benchmarks we can ascertain which of these variables represent weaknesses in YOUR game and then provide you with an array of development information. This information is then used by GDI Instructors to design YOUR monthly on-ice sessions to develop those areas of your game. In addition, GDI goaltenders are able to purchase numerous video analysis sessions following their first video breakdown.



EVALUATIONS



Goaltenders in the Academy will receive quarterly reports on both their on-ice sessions as well as their game play analysis. This feedback is essential in the process of developing elite level netminders. They will be able to understand both their strengths and weaknesses as a goalie, enabling them to take their game to levels they have never achieved.

OFF-ICE SESSIONS



ELITE uses a comprehensive evaluation to design a customized program, specific to the athlete, his or her sport, and often their position. From this approach, ELITE guarantee’s superior performance and results. To arrange a supplementary off-ice training component please contact ELITE by calling (204) 831-6758 in order to schedule a consultation.



PROGRAM DETAILS



Dates: October 3rd to December 16th – Break – January 9th to March 30th
Location: GDI Winnipeg Satellite Training Center
Time: 7:00-8:00am (Mornings)

Group 1: Tuesdays – Goalies born in 2001,2000
Group 2: Thursdays – Goalies born in 1999, 1997
Group 3: Fridays – Goalies born in 1996 and Up



FEATURES AND BENEFITS



23 Tactical Sessions (1 hour duration each)



12 1v1 Sessions Bi-Weekly



1 Game Analysis and Feedback



Quarterly Evaluation Reports



Low Athlete: Coach Ratio (3:1)



Supplementary Off-Ice Component



Time and cost Effective



Unparalleled Goaltender Support



ACADEMY COST



$1930.00 + GST



*Deposit of $250 is due upon registration
*Payment Instalments are made monthly thereafter ($296.08 for 6 months)
*To start the application process please fill out an application form to the front office
*Goaltenders must apply for acceptance into the program before September 20th, 2011 in order to schedule a meeting to dictate



TO REGISTER



Fill out the GDI Prairies application form and request your Program Group. Please submit to our office no later than September 20th.

Registrations are on a first come, first serve basis if accepted.



1. Email to info@gdiprairies.com
2. Fax to (204) 487-3966
3. In Person at GDI Training Center (91 Lowson Cres.)


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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Booster Juice 3v3 Hockey Tourny @ The Rink


July 6th - On opening night of the Booster Juice - 3v3 Hockey Tournament all teams faced off and felt the skilled experience of competing within The Rink's confined ice surface.

Goaltenders were peppered with rubber throughout each 50 minute game and the players dug up the ice skating the length of the ice countless times before a change.

Looking to see some of todays stars compete in a fast paced game? NHL, AHL, ECHL, and College players have all gathered to compete.

Facing off in the second game was GDI Head On-Ice Instructor Joe Calijuri and the young Junior Prospect Spencer Tremblay.

All teams are entering for a chance to sharpen up on their skills before heading into training camp... oh and of course to win some great prizes!!



Day 1 Results

Boyder's Boys W vs Falcons L

Walker's Rejects W vs ELITE L



Remaining Schedule


Thursday July 7th

6:00-6:30 ELITE vs Falcons

6:40-7:10 Falcons vs Walkers Rejects

7:20-7:50 ELITE vs Boyder's Boys

8:00-8:30 Boyder's Boys vs Walkers Rejects



Friday July 8th


7:00-7:30 1st Place vs 4th Place

7:40-8:10 2nd Place vs 3rd Place

8:20-8:50 FINALS
















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Booster Juice 3v3 Hockey Tourny @ The Rink


July 6th - On opening night of the Booster Juice - 3v3 Hockey Tournament all teams faced off and felt the skilled experience of competing within The Rink's confined ice surface.

Goaltenders were peppered with rubber throughout each 50 minute game and the players dug up the ice skating the length of the ice countless times before a change.

Looking to see some of todays stars compete in a fast paced game? NHL, AHL, ECHL, and College players have all gathered to compete.

Facing off in the second game was GDI Head On-Ice Instructor Joe Calijuri and the young Junior Prospect Spencer Tremblay.

All teams are entering for a chance to sharpen up on their skills before heading into training camp... oh and of course some to win some great prizes!!

Day 1 Results


Boyder's Boys W vs Falcons L

Walker's Rejects W vs ELITE L



Remaining Schedule


Thursday July 7th

6:00-6:30 ELITE vs Falcons

6:40-7:10 Falcons vs Walkers Rejects

7:20-7:50 ELITE vs Boyder's Boys

8:00-8:30 Boyder's Boys vs Walkers Rejects



Friday July 8th


7:00-7:30 1st Place vs 4th Place

7:40-8:10 2nd Place vs 3rd Place

8:20-8:50 FINALS
















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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ian Clark - Helping the Pro's Work on Every Part of Their Game


Less than a month after being the Blue Jackets' new goaltender coach, Ian Clark is trying to instill his philosophies into Columbus' younger netminders.

"Goaltenders play the most important role on the team and they have the biggest impact on team success," Clark said. "Their preparation has to be impeccable. My objective is to implant those seeds in the young guys."

While Clark is making his first appearance at development camp, Mathieu Corbeil, Allen York, and Martin Ouellette are all returning participants.

Clark said he spent Tuesday just watching the players and getting to know them while Wednesday he began to get more technical with the trio. (For the full news article Click Here)

In addition to a previous eight years with the Canucks organization, Clark was also a member of Team Canada's coaching staff at the World Junior Championships from 2003-06, winning silver medals in 2003 and 2004 and capturing gold in 2005 and 2006. He also served as the Florida Panthers goaltending consultant in 2001-02. Highlighting the list of goaltenders he has worked with includes Roberto Luongo, Cam Ward, Marc-Andre Fleury, Cory Schneider, Andrew Raycroft, Johan Hedberg and Mathieu Garon.

Clark, 45, is recognized as the leading educator of the goaltending position as his knowledge and innovative approach has attracted high-performance goaltenders at the NHL, minor pro, major junior and NCAA levels. He was the founder of GDI (the Goaltender Development Institute) and served as technical author of From the Crease – The Self Development Guide to Hockey Goaltending from 1998-2003 and The Goalie News from 2003-08.



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