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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Make sure you stay sharp this season by attending 1v1 lessons. The month of February 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-7:00pm Saturdays and 10:00am-3:00pm Sundays. To make sure you secure your spots throughout February, we suggest signing up for your 1v1 sessions well in advance! Sign-Up-Button-GDI-Website-grey-background  



February 1st-29th  -  Birth Years: 2001-2006  -  For more information CLICK HERE


GATEWAY (April 25th-June 13th)

Ages: 8-13  -  8 Tactical Sessions  -  For more information CLICK HERE

THE RINK Training Centre (May 4th-June 1st)

Ages: 8-13  -  5 Tactical Sessions  -  For more information CLICK HERE


SPRING POE/JR PREP (April 24th-27th)

Ages: 14-17  -  4 Tactical Sessions  -  Gateway Arena For more information CLICK HERE


Ages: 15 & Up  -  5 Tactical Sessions  -  1 Educational Lecture  -  River Heights Arena Group 1: 5:45pm-6:45pm  -  For more information CLICK HEREGroup 2: 7:00pm-8:00pm  -  For more information CLICK HERE


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 For more information CLICK HERE To register CLICK HERE If you have any other questions contact us at info@gdigoaltending.com or by phone at (204) 489-7465
pro hockey news

image5_7_.0.0Driedger Sinks IceCaps

Goaltender Chris Driedger was solid for the Senators for the second game in a row, as he withstood a hectic, yet frantic St. John's team in the third with all kinds of pressure and preserved the 2-1 win. Driedger, (13-12-1-0, 3.03 GAA, 0.902 SV%) fresh off a 2-0 shutout over the Syracuse Crunch last Saturday in Ottawa, was particularly spectacular when he needed to be, including making a double-stack save on St. John's forward Max Friberg near the crease with time dwindling down. To read more CLICK HEREDreidger has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons at The Rink Training Centre.
Major Junior News

crop_27610356_27_1451807748Silvertips' 'Super Mario' Works Tirelessly

Even though he's seen limited icetime, GDI Goalie Mario Petit has made the most of his starts and turned heads during practice. By. Jesse Geleynse Everett Silvertips goaltender Mario Petit loves his new goalie mask. CbOc-lHUMAAnhxgSet on a background of Silvertips green, it says “Super Mario” and features a caricature of Petit wearing a hat that reads “MP” in the vein of the eponymous Nintendo video game character. The only downside? Kids keep asking him if he has a girlfriend named “Peach.” No (his sister's name is Gabrielle), and he doesn't have a brother named “Luigi” either (his brother's name is Robert). It is Petit, the 18-year-old from Ile-Des-Chenes, Manitoba, with the ready-made nickname and accompanying goalie mask who has the unenviable task of backing up NHL goaltending prospect Carter Hart. As such, Petit's chances to play have been few and far between. Petit has appeared in eight games this season — four times he has started and four times he has replaced Hart in the middle of the game. It's by far the most time Petit has spent on the bench in his career. “It's been a big mental year (for me),” Petit said. “(I keep) finding ways to get better without playing. Carter has been doing a great job for us. He's making huge saves and stealing games for us. I have lots of respect for that kid.” To get a sense of Petit's work ethic you'll have to stop by Xfinity Arena on a weekday afternoon to watch as he remains on the ice after practice, working on his technique and positioning while blocking endless shots from other rink-rat teammates. Or, if you can elude arena staffers asking you to leave after a home game, you can watch as he dons oversize headphones and runs the stairs of the second deck. Petit's playing time was hampered by the Silvertips' light schedule in the first half of the season. That changed as the season entered its second portion and the coaching staff addressed that with their soft-spoken backup netminder. “We talked to Mario at the Christmas break and looked at our schedule and saw lots of four games in five nights and lots of three games in three nights,” head coach Kevin Constantine said. “(We) told him his opportunity to play would be based on that schedule and his own performance.” Petit also suffered a poorly timed illness that kept him out of a scheduled start at Tri-City on Jan. 29, and he also missed Everett's games the next two days at home. “It's frustrating, but you have to do what's best for your team,” Petit said. “I thought I have to be respectful to my guys and I had to sit that one out.” He's been healthy since his return and he's coming off his best performance of the season in Sunday's 3-2 win at Spokane. Petit finished with 22 saves on 24 shots for his second victory of the season as he improved to 2-1-1-0. dw_mario_petit_everett“The schedule got him that start and his performance was good. I thought he was really solid,” Constantine said. “Mentally you have to hang in there and that's what he did. He stayed in there and competed and put us in position to win. So I thought he was really good.” Petit was sharpest when it was most needed. He stopped 10 of 11 in the final period as he helped the Tips hold on in the final two minutes when the Chiefs pulled their goalie for an extra skater. “The boys, I think, basically did all the work for me,” Petit said. “They blocked lots of shots and made it easy for me back there.” Constantine says he doesn't make goalie decisions until the day of a game, so it remains to be seen how many more starts Petit will get. But with another three games in three nights this weekend, and four games in five nights next week, it's possible fans could see “Super Mario” back in the crease a few more times before the playoffs begin. To read the article CLICK HEREPetit has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.

Ty Edmonds Prince George Cougars GDI GoaltendingSteady 'Eddy'

The Prince George Cougars are back in the win column following some goaltending heroics and some timely scoring Friday night. Ty Edmonds stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced, Jesse Gabrielle struck twice and Tate Olson broke open a 1-1 tie late in the third period to lift the Cougars to their 32nd victory of the season, a 3-1 ‘W’ over the Red Deer Rebels in front of 3415 strong at CN Centre.   At the other end of the ice, Ty Edmonds was superb for the Cougars. Through the first two periods of the game, Edmonds turned aside all 22 shots he faced. His best saves to that point came in the first period when he robbed both Luke Philp and Adam Helewka on a Red Deer power play. Later in the third, Edmonds would make a spectacular lunging glove save off Adam Helewka off a three-on-two rush. The shots were 22-22 through two, but the Cougars held the 1-0 lead. Ty Edmonds picked up his 18th victory of the season and the 66th victory of his career in goal. For the full article CLICK HEREEdmonds has been training with GDI for over 6 years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy.

VerhelstVerhelst Stars Against Americans

Tyson Verhelst brought his 'A' Game when the Spokane Chiefs visited their arch rivals, the Tri-City Americans. Verhelst turned aside 25 shots en route to a 4-2 Chiefs victory. Verhelst and the Chiefs also killed off all 3 of the Americans' power plays. Verhelst was named the game's second star. Verhelst has been training with GDI for many years through 1v1 lessons and the Total GDI Academy. GDI President Ryan Cyr is also the goaltending coach of the Spokane Chiefs.
In The Crease

slide_9Rink Hockey Academy Joins The CSSHL

Major news as the Rink Hockey Academy has been approved to join the Canadian Sport School Hockey League!By CSSHL MediaCSSHL_Logo_LG_Banner"The Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) announced today that two new programs have been approved to begin league play in the 2016-17 season." "The Pilot Mound Hockey Academy and the Rink Hockey Academy were each voted in by the Board of Directors at league meetings on Wednesday." “We are very pleased to be expanding the league in to the province of Manitoba. Both the Rink Academy and Pilot Mound Academy will bring new competition to the league in multiple divisions,” said CSSHL chair-person, Andy Oakes. “This is another step forward in the league becoming the national leader in education based hockey. We look forward to having both groups in the league for the 2016-2017 season.” "The Rink Hockey Academy is headquartered in Winnipeg, MB and will offer two teams, Midget Prep and Bantam Prep, for the 2016-17 season. Student-athletes will attend Shaftesbury High School." For the full article CLICK HERE For more information on the Rink Hockey Academy CLICK HEREGDI Goaltending will be the official goaltending coaches for the Rink Hockey Academy providing team practice attendance as well as practice and game video analysis.
GDI Goaltending Tweet of the Week From @RPI_Hockey "Bigtime ovation for #33 Jason Kasdorf, who is in the top 10 in school history in almost every goaltending category." Follow us on Twitter @GDIGoaltending  
Question of the Week

What has been your favourite mask from any outdoor NHL game?

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