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 January 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-2:00pm / 3:00pm-7:00pmSaturdays and 10:00am-3:00pm Sundays.
To make sure you secure your spots throughout January, we suggest signing up for your 1v1 sessions well in advance!
GDI Summer Camps
These are the anchor to the goaltender’s off-season development needs. These 4 or 5 day camps provide the biggest impact on goaltender performance in a short period of time. Our camps are very intense and goaltenders will conduct on-ice sessions, fitness testing, flexibility and hand eye training, classroom sessions, daily journals, off-ice dryland, comprehensive evaluation reports and much more.
Brandon - August 8th-12th - Brandon Sportsplex
Winnipeg - August 15th-19th - East End Arena
Winnipeg - August 22nd-26th - River Heights Arena
Winnipeg - August 29th - September 2nd - East End Arena
Ty Edmonds was on fire Friday night when the Prince George Cougars hosted the Victoria Royals.
Edmonds turned aside 41 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Cougars slipped by the Royals 1-0.
It's no surprise Edmonds was named the first star of the game.
Edmonds has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.
Kubic Continues Strong Play
Ryan Kubic was solid once again as the Vancouver Giants disposed of the Calgary Hitmen.
Kubic turned aside 34 of the 36 shots sent his way by the Hitmen including 15 saves in the final frame
Kubic and the Giants went on to defeat the Hitmen 5-2.
Kubic has been training with GDI for over 6 years through GDI Summer Camps, 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.______________________________________________________________________________________
Hughson Lassos Chance With Brooks To Play Close To Home
For 6’3”, 196-lb goaltender Garret Hughson, a native of Foremost and the latest addition to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s South Division leading Brooks Bandits (29-6-2), that couldn’t be more true.
After having a bad start to the year with the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs — a team he had been with since the 2012-13 season (0-2-1, .833 save percentage) — he was released and picked up on the waiver wire by the Niagara Ice Dogs in late October.Then he was immediately traded to the Windsor Spitfires for a draft pick.
For those keeping score, that’s 3,337 km from Spokane Wash. to Windsor, Ont. Now he’s back in Alberta in Brooks near his hometown (150 km from Foremost) and couldn’t be happier.
“It feels really good to come home and be part of a great team (and) great organization ... (the players) have been good since I got here,” explains a tired, yet relieved-sounding Hughson Jan. 5, who had only arrived in Brooks that morning. “It’ll be fun with family being able to come watch me.”
A big goalie, Hughson is different physically than current starter Josh Davies (5’11, 165 lbs) or even current backup Jonathon Reinhart (6’0”, 175 lbs). Hughson says he likes to play out and doesn’t like being jammed in the crease too much.
Bandits’ Coach and General Manager Ryan Papaioannou is excited to have Hughson.
“He’s a guy who we’ve been keeping tabs on since his days in midget (in Medicine Hat). He took the path with the Western Hockey League and when the opportunity came up, we wanted to get him here,” explains Papaioannou. We like his size at 6’3” and he is considerably bigger than anyone we have now and he has big time experience and he has been on the big stage with Spokane.”
In rodeo circles, travelling is all part of the sport. Going from town to town, it’s not uncommon for a competitor to drive amongst three provinces to get to three different events in one weekend.
This is a probably a good thing for Hughson who participated in a rodeo or two in his time as a roper and has a slew of family who have also participated. His brother Kale is in novice riding and his dad Vane Hughson was a saddle bronc champion in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association in the mid-eighties. Garret understands travelling long distances to compete in sports that one loves.
As Spokane’s starter in 2014-15, he played in 53 games and went 23-23-4 with a 2.80 goals against average and .902 save percentage. Before that, he was in 48 combined games in the prior two seasons and went 18-13-2 with a combined .892 save percentage. In March 2015, he was the Western Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Week. In total, he had four shutouts with Spokane.
Hughson noted one of the reasons he quickly blended with his new teammates is they are of the same mindset as they are all championship-focused as many of them won’t be around next season. A whopping 15 Bandits are committed to play in the United States with NCAA Division I institutions next season anywhere from the University of Vermont, Colgate, Cornell, University of Massachusetts and even Arizona State to name a few.
“We have the same mindset,” explains Hughson about winning now. “It’s great to have a good team in front of you and just worry about playing your game.”
To read the full article CLICK HEREGDI President Ryan Cyr is the goaltending coach of the Spokane Chiefs. Hughson also traveled to Winnipeg to work with GDI during 1v1 lessons at The Rink Training Centre.
Martyniuk Named Impact Player Of The Month For Wolverines
GDI Goalie Troy Martyniuk was recently named the Manitoba Liqour and Lotteries Impact Player of the Month for the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
Since joining Waywayseecappo, Martyniuk appeared in 6 games for the Wolverines going with a record of 2-3 in December. Martyniuk posted a respectable Gaa of 2.66 and a solid Sv% of .936 during the month.
Martyniuk has been training with GDI for over 7 years with 1v1 lessons, GDI Summer Camps and the Total GDI Academy.
Bengert Named MJHL Pork Peak Performer Of The Month
When he’s not stopping pucks for the Steinbach Pistons, Roman Bengert is busy helping out in the community ─ earning him the Manitoba Pork-MJHL Peak Performer of the Month of December.
Bengert, 19, is involved in a number of community activities including spending time each week assisting and tutoring students at Steinbach Christian School. Recently, he was active with the Southeast Helping Hands organization packing community Christmas food hampers.
“In addition to his school visits, Roman works with young goalies from various levels of amateur hockey on skill development while being a positive role-model,” said MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis. “Roman personifies the type of community involvement we encourage within our league.”
Off the ice, Bengert is having an excellent season, reflected in 17 wins in 23 games. The native of Cole Harbour, N.S., also has two shutouts this season.
Steinbach Pistons goaltender Roman Bengert spent time in Mrs Smith's grade 3 class at the Steinbach Christian School this past week.
Benjamin was one of the lucky students who got to spend one-on-one time with Roman. "We admire how much the Pistons give back to their community," said the SCS.
The Steinbach Pistons strongly believe in giving back and being involved in the community. The Pistons set an annual goal to volunteer a total of 1500 hours as a team throughout southeastern Manitoba.
To read the article CLICK HEREBengert has been training with GDI during this season with GDI Director Dan Ferguson through team consulting with the Steinbach Pistons. ______________________________________________________________________________________
Brady Gordon Named Chicken Chef /DEKALB Manitoba AAA Midget Player Of The Week
Brady Gordon of the Southwest Cougars is this week’s Chicken Chef / DEKALB Manitoba AAA Midget Player of the Week! In two starts this weekend, Gordon came up with two crucial wins for the Cougars. On Saturday, Gordon made 37 saves on 38 shots against the Central Plains Capitals, giving the Cougars a much needed two points. Gordon followed that up with an identical performance on Sunday against the Interlake Lightning, stopping 22 of 23 shots. The Cougars currently sit 8th in league standings and Gordon’s efforts over the weekend helped the Cougars keep pace in the increasingly tight playoff race. The first-year Killarney native has accumulated a 9-5 record this season and has now won his last three starts.
To read the article CLICK HERE
GDI Goalie Dylan Myskiw of the Winnipeg Thrashers was a runner up for the award.
Gordon has trained with GDI through 1v1 lessons at The Rink Training Centre. Myskiw has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.
In-Season Academy Back Underway
The Total GDI In-Season Academy got back underway this week.
GDI Goalies were all on the ice for 7:00am all week getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break.
GDI is looking forward to continuing to work with all of these goalies during the second half of the season and into the home stretch for playoffs.
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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.