GDI Alumni Update
Flodell Aiming For #1 Role With Thunderbirds
The biggest question for the T-Birds entering this season has been in net, where they’ll be losing WHL graduate Taran Kozun, who established himself as one of the league’s best goalies over the past season and a half. In line to replace him is another prospect from the 2012 Bantam Draft, Logan Flodell.
Flodell appeared in nine games last season, posting a 3-2-0-1 record, a 2.75 goals-against average, and a .907 save percentage. The nine contests are a small sample size, but his numbers were impressive nonetheless.
The biggest question is whether or not he’s ready to take on the No. 1 role full time in a year where expectations for the team will be high.
At this point, Flodell stands as the No. 1, but he knows that his current status is all but assured.
“(Seattle acquiring a veteran goalie) has definitely crossed my mind,” said the Regina, Saskatchewan native. “It’s up to them, but even if they do bring in an older and more experienced goalie, it’s still going to be my job to fight for that No. 1 spot. Even if someone else is there, if I keep fighting tooth and nail I’ll get my opportunity.”
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Flodell has travelled to Winnipeg from Regina, SK to work with GDI through 1v1 lessons and 7am PSM Conditioning Circuits for many years. Floodell has also attended GDI Summer Camps.
This past week GDI was visited by all of the goaltenders in the Spokane Chiefs organization to work with GDI President and Spokane Chiefs goaltending coach Ryan Cyr. They spent the week working through multiple 1v1 lessons each day and took part in the 7am PSM Conditioning sessions.
The goalies also worked hard off of the ice by training with El1te Performance
Hughson appeared in 53 games for the Chiefs last season with a record of 23-23-4. Hughson also posted a Gaa of 2.80, Sv% of .902 and blanked the opposition twice with two shutouts on the year.
Verhelst has been a main fixture at GDI the past few off-seasons training through the Total GDI Academy program every week. Last season Verhelst appeared in 26 games for Spokane with a record of 11-11. He posted a Gaa of 3.65, Sv% of .883 and 1 shutout.
Berlin was selected by the Chiefs in the 7th round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Berlin spent last season with the SSAC Athletics Midget AAA team in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League. He appeared in 19 games with a Gaa of 3.49 and Sv% of .888.
Armitage was a 4th round selection by the Chiefs in the 2014 WHl Bantam Draft.
He appeared in 23 games for the Edge School Elite 15s posting a Gaa of 3.35 and Sv% of .911.
Buskey is the newest member of the Chiefs goaltending group after being taken in the 3rd round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
Buskey posted sparkling numbers for the North Shore Winter Club appearing in 37 games with a 1.43 Gaa and .930 Sv%.