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!
Inaugural Pinnacle Cup - 3v3 Tournament:
The Walka Walka Wild Boyz brought home the inaugural Pinnacle Cup, with a thrilling 8-5 win over the D.Mittens on Sunday night.
Helping lead the team was GDI Goaltender Joe Caligiuri. The team went up against a wide variety of players that currently are playing in the Semi-Professional, College, and Junior ranks. This includes 2012 NHL Drafted Brendan Leipsic 89th Overall, and Travis Brown 149th Overall. In total 32 players were selected from the Western Hockey League in this years draft.
Over the weekend 20+ current and former WHL'ers were playing 3v3 at The RINK!
For the full list of NHL Drafted Players 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 training at the centre!
Brossoit Cracks Team Canada Roster:
Calgary Flames goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit, 19, was named to the team Canada roster.
Laurent was the Flames’ sixth-round selection, 164th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Team Canada’s roster is comprised of three goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 15 forwards, and was selected by Kevin Prendergast, head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence for Hockey Canada. In a twist, Brossoit is sharing goaltending duties on Team Canada with his WHL Edmonton Oil Kings teammate Tristan Jarry. Brossoit and his team are headed to Russia in August to play back-to-back games against Russia Yaroslavl. They return to Canada for a two-game stint starting Aug. 13 when they play ET Russia in Halifax. All this before an NHL camp and then there’s even more.
Coaches are watching prospects to determine which of them will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December.In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013 in Ufa, Russia.
Brossoit notched a 42-13-2-3 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in his second full season in Edmonton. He helped the Oil Kings to a Western Hockey League championship and the team’s first trip to the Memorial Cup, and earned the nod for tourney Most Valuable Player honours.
Winnipeg Monarch Driedger Selected 76th Overall:
In the middle of the 3rd Round Manitoba born goaltender Chris Driedger
was selected 76th Overall to the Ottawa Senators.
Driedger was the 12th-ranked North American goalie, but ended up as the eighth of 24 netminders chosen after going 24-12-3 with a 2.80 goals against average and .898 save percentage in 44 games with the Hitmen last season.
The year the Driedger was drafted into the WHL by the Tri-City Americans he had helped the Bantam 1 AAA Winnipeg Monarchs capture the league championship. The following year he went on to help the City Midget Monarchs reach the Championship Finals once again. This playoff run included a the Winnipeg Monster putting on a show in the Semi-Finals.
Now, after playing two years in the Western Hockey League he received the word that every hockey players dreams of getting.
When asked how he felt by a reporter of the Winnipeg Sun Driedger proclaimed, “I was full of excitement and couldn’t believe it that I went in the third round. Ever since I’ve been talking to family and friends. The phone is going crazy. The whole day has been amazing.”
For more on Chris Driedger and the full article from the Winnipeg Sun Click Here
NHL Jets Get Flying With Creating Goaltending Depth:
The Winnipeg Jets acquired the rights to Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson on Saturday in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2013. The 27-year-old Swede, nicknamed "Monster," has compiled a 39-45-15 record, 2.98 GAA and five shutouts in 107 games over three NHL campaigns for Toronto.
Continuing in the direction of pursuing the teams strength within the position between the pipes The Jets also drafted a pair of tall goalies who are bound for the NCAA this fall in Connor Hellebuyck and Jamie Phillips.
Hellebuyck played for the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League and will join the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, while Phillips played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and is going to play at Michigan Tech.
“They gave us some depth within the organization from a goaLtending perspective,” said Cheveldayoff, who also drafted NCAA-bound goalie Jason Kasdorf last season.
For more on the Winnipeg Jets NHL Draft Choices Click Here
Bobrovsky Heads to Blue Jackets to Work With Ian Clark:
The Columbus Blue Jackets got the ball rolling at the NHL draft by acquiring goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bobrovsky had a promising start to his NHL career two years ago, when he posted a 28-13-8 record as the Flyers starter with a .915 save percentage and 2.59 GAA.
Now the Blue Jackets will let Mason and Bobrovsky battle it out.
"(Bobrovsky) has won in the league. He had a great first season, he's won over 40 games in the league. I think he has the potential to be a very good NHL goalie. He's still a young goalie," Columbus general manager Scott Howson told reporters Friday morning
. "We now have two NHL goalies who have a chance to be No. 1 goaltenders and we're going to see how it plays out."
“We did a lot of work on the goaltender market,” Howson said. “(Goaltending coach Ian Clark)
is convinced that this guy has a chance to be a No. 1 goalie. We checked out his character, how hard he works and how competitive he is.”
Bobrovsky now will settle in Columbus under the mentorship of Goaltending Consultant Ian Clark.
Clark was the founder of GDI (the Goaltender Development Institute) and served as technical author of From the Crease – The Self Development Guide to Hockey Goaltending from 1998-2003 and The Goalie News from 2003-08. As an author he has also released "The 10 Series Handbooks". Ian Clark joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as goaltending coach on June 6, 2011. He joined the organization after serving as the Vancouver Canucks goaltending coach and consultant from 2002-10.
Who Is On The Ice:
During the summer a large focus for our staff is to make sure that each student is learning and detailing their game with new aspects that they may be unaware of. The summer months are important to develop in areas that may not be strong and to add new areas and habits if needed.
Upcoming programs that we offer for goaltenders in the next two months include: The Off-Season Total GDI Academy, Prospect Clinics, Summers Camps, Conditioning Sessions, One-on-One Sessions, and Elite Performance Off-Ice training.
We cannot stress it enough, the ones that find success are the ones that prepare in detail and have a plan for how they will achieve their goals!
This weeks UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL - GOALTENDER PROFILE: MARK FRIESEN
Take a look below to see how Mark has been training at the centre for the upcoming 2012/2013 season.