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!

In the WHL - Road to the Memorial Cup:

Shawinigan captures the 2012 Memorial Cup!

With Gabriel Girard making many many big time stops throughout the three period of the Championship game and in the minutes before Shawinigan scored the game winning goal. The theory has been spread for the past several years that a goaltender must be over 6 feet... well Girard at 5'10" may not be a ladder but he sure played huge in net!  Stopping 35 of 36 on the night he built a brick wall to help the host team win it!

Shawinigan can be called the ‘Energy City,’ and for good reason as the host team needed all the added energy that they could get.Four games in five nights! They needed the legs as the game went into overtime as they continued to pursue putting pucks on net as they took down the Knights with a quick release on net from a goal line pass. After 43 years of close-but-no-cigars, they finally got their moment of glory! Congrats goes out to both Shawinigan and the London Knights for their performances in the Memorial Cup Championship final. For the full results of the game Click Here. The 2013 Memorial Cup in Saskatoon looks to be just around the corner with the Saskatoon Blades hosting!


College Hockey Report:

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team has added goaltenders for the 2012-13 seaso.. The Beavers signed transfer Abby Ryplanski of Winnipeg from Niagara University and Alexane Rodrigue of Monkland, Ont. Ryplanski joins BSU after Niagara disbanded its women’s hockey program following the 2011-12 campaign. Both players will help aid BSU as they look to replace All-America selection Zuzana Tomcikova and Alana McElhinney. Ryplanski split time as the starter in net as a freshman for the Purple Eagles. She started 19 games for Niagara and posted a 2.36 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Ryplanski had 422 saves for Niagara posted an overall mark of 5-9-3. Ryplanski will be entering Bemidji State as a sophomore. “We are excited to be able to bring a goaltender with Division I experience like Abby has,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “Not only is she a solid goaltender but she is a top notch student-athlete who comes from a great family. Abby will be a great addition for our team and to the Bemidji community.”  

Training for the Future:

After the Memorial Cup and RBC Championship has come to a close... the Telus and Esso National Championships are complete... and the Top 40 camp is over, many of todays top young athletes look to plan and start training for next season. Crucial to ones planning is having a balanced approach of what areas need to be trained. Simplifying this approach and then breaking it down it is important that every goaltender has both ends of the spectrum of Physical Training and Mental Training. Having an equal 50% of each is important! As individuals we must always be looking to learn more. Watching video, reading books, observing others... diving deeper into the position physically and mentally will help each goaltender become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses and ultimately help them become more familiar with themselves. The way we think and act in the present won't change unless we explore our past experiences, what has worked and hasn't worked in competition, and dream of what we want to achieve. In order to get to where we are going we must be able to see ourselves there. Sports Psychologist Gary Mack describes the mind in relation to a VCR. It records sights and sounds, and the tape plays continuously. Moving further in depth he states, "the human body treats every vivid thought and image as if it is real and happening now." With this being said, the importance of writing down goals and reviewing past experiences should be more evident. What YOU can be doing this summer can have a dramatic effect on your future for next season and further into your career. The more you dive into your position as a goaltender physically and mentally the more prepared you will be to face what the future brings. Looking for a clinic that encompasses a wide array of your training needs and is cost efficient? Look no further! Click Here