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 MJHL - Draft Day:

Sunday morning the MJHL draft took place in Steinbach, Manitoba.

Getting chosen nice and early was longtime GDI goaltender Hayden Dola. In the past six years there has only been one other goaltender (Justin Paulic) chosen in the first round of the draft.

After Hayden there were four other goaltenders that were selected this year in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th rounds.

GDI Prairies would like to notice these goaltenders, along with the countless goaltenders that were also deserving of being selected.

Although this may be an accomplishment for some, and for others a set-back, it is important to understand that the process of playing Junior hockey is over a period of time. The "jump" does not just suddenly happen.

The ones that make it happen, and overcome adversity, are the ones that pursue their goals daily. They understand that the small details lead to large results!

GDI would like to encourage all of the Bantam goaltenders to train hard this summer and to stick to the mindset of continually improving physically and mentally!

For full results of the draft Click Here.

 

THE WEEKLY WORD:

Head over to The Rink Training Centre Blog at www.therink.ca on Wednesday to catch THE WEEKLY WORD for all the news on the players that were selected in this years Bantam Draft.

Not to forget, there were definitely a handful of them trained by The Rink Team that were selected in the first round!

 

MJHL Signings:

The Dauphin Kings have committed to goaltender Brian Archibald. Arch is a competitive netminder that displays a tremendously athletic and competitive nature in net. From his great prescence on the Southwest Cougars for the past 3 seasons he has helped the team to two Championship Finals, and a birth into the 2011/2012 Western Regional Championship Finals. In his rookie season in the MBAAA League he captured the leagues Top Goaltender of the League. GDI would like to wish Brian all the best heading into the upcoming season!  

Team Manitoba U16 Update - Roster Trimmed to 26:

Moving into the final phase of the U-16 Team Manitoba selection process there remains twenty-six players. The final camp will be held in Winnipeg on August 8-11, 2012 for one last in-person assessment before the final roster is announced in late September. The current roster includes several players that train with the staff at GDI Prairies, The RINK, and Elite Performance. GDI Prairies would like to notice both Tyson Verhelst and Mario Petit on both being selected. A dedicated focus combined with passionate hardwork will help get you to the top!    

WHL News - Moodie Steps Onto Familiar Ice as Heads Into Blades Training Camp :

As Alex Moodie prepares to step onto the ice this morning for another spring camp with the Saskatoon Blades, he has his first experience from 2010 in mind. “I remember going into a meeting right off the start and seeing all of the veteran players there,” the 17-yearold goaltender said. “I was a lot smaller than I am now. It was intimidating seeing them, but it really showed me how much I had to work to get up to that level and pace where they were.” Having actually experienced that pace for a month this past season, Moodie is no longer playing the part of the intimidated youngster. With 13 WHL games already under his belt, the 6-foot-1, 161-pound netminder is now the veteran – at least in terms of the 29 prospects attending the orientation camp this weekend. Although a non-competitive environment, Moodie wants to leave a good impression heading into training camp in August when he’ll be vying for the backup position behind Andrey Makarov. “I want to work the hardest that I can to make sure I can get that spot,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard with my goalie coach and trainer to make sure that, once I get to camp, I’m in tip-top shape and playing the best to my ability.” A fifth-round pick in the 2010 WHL bantam draft, Moodie was called up from the Winnipeg Wild midget AAA team last December when starter Makarov left for Calgary to play for Russia’s world junior team. He served as Adam Todd’s backup Dec. 27 against Edmonton only to enter the game in the third period of the 7-2 loss. Two nights later he was given the start in Prince Albert. Although the Blades fell 5-2, Moodie never relinquished the net. When Makarov sustained a concussion in his return from the world juniors on Jan. 7, Moodie played in nine more contests. He finished his WHL audition at 9-3 with a 3.42 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage before being sent back to the Wild. Moodie then completed an 18-1-1 regular season campaign with the Wild – posting a 1.79 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage and three shutouts – guiding them to a semifinal appearance in the Telus Cup Western Regional AAA championship. “Just being able to play those 13 straight games was the biggest confidence booster anyone could ever get,” Moodie said. The highlight for Moodie was his first start after Makarov’s injury when he made 37 saves in a 2-0 victory in Brandon. The Winnipeg native had plenty of family and friends in attendance to witness the historic moment. “We joked about that a few times,” Moodie said. “He was the first one to tell me. He was like, ‘You and I are clicking together.’”The shutout was the first by a Blade during the 201112 season and the first ever by a 16-year-old in club history. He also became the first Saskatoon goalie to blank a Brandon Wheat Kings team on the road since his goalie coach, Ryan Cyr, did so in 2004-05. Backed by the guidance of Cyr, who doubles as the goalie coach for the Spokane Chiefs, Moodie hopes to continue to improve this summer to the point where he’s a full-time Blade in the fall. If that happens, Moodie will likely see more time on the bench than he’s accustomed to with Makarov getting the majority of the workload. With the Blades hosting the Memorial Cup next May, Moodie is eager to help out any way he can. “It’s totally fine because you get to learn from such a prestigious goalie like Andrey is,” he said. “Even when you get your chances – this year was a perfect example – you have to take advantage of it. “You always have to be playing sharp and being ready to go in just like when Andrey got hurt.” Moodie is expected to be challenged for the backup job by Todd and Patrick Johnson. Todd backed up Makarov last season and went 1-4 with a 5.17 goals-against average and a .852 save percentage before a concussion shelved him for the playoffs. Johnson, who played for the SJHL’s Kindersley Klippers, sat on the bench in the playoffs. Blades head coach and general manager Lorne Molleken said Todd is now fully recovered from his head injury. Molleken added that no player evaluations will be made until the August main camp. Instead, he’s more concerned with the prospects’ fitness testing and, in a case like Moodie, how they display leadership for the bantams chosen in the draft earlier this month. “I think that the players that have been here and have been through this in the past, they need to make the younger guys feel part of it,” Molleken said. “That’s what it’s all about.” While a permanent job on the Blades is his long-term goal, Moodie is ready for a leadership role at the orientation camp. Moodie missed last year’s sessions because he was attending Manitoba’s under-17 selection camp, but knows how daunting the weekend can be. “You really want to help them out because they’re in the exact same spot you were in where they’re really nervous,” he said. “They don’t know what to expect, so you just try to calm them down and show them that you just do what you do before you got drafted.” Pictures in this article taken by Steve Hiscock.  

Success Takes Planning :

Time wasted is time lost, and well once time is lost the fact is that it can never be regained. Saying this, you are in charge of your time! You are in charge of organizing and planning what you want to do and where you want to go! Moving into the month of June, July, and August GDI Prairies will be holding several GDI Seminars. Last week we released our "Goal Setting & Organizing Your Off-Season" Seminar. In our last seminar we discussed the crucial points to ones planning, and 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. 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