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!

Total GDI Academy (Off-Season Edition): Final Report

  Each Monday this section is dedicated to the goaltender of the Academy. Features include updates on group progress, pictures, and videos.     We Must Remember Our Long Term Goals! You have seen it from many people. Someone that gets discouraged from one moment of failure and decides to pack it in. The many hours that you have put in preparing over the summer should provide you with. With proper preparation confidence within your personal ability should be gained, and in return success is expected to follow. The fact of teams only able to hold 2-3 goaltenders for the year compared to 12+ forwards and 6+ defensemen leads to many goaltenders failing to be selected to their desired team. I have seen countless goalies devastated after training camps end. Coming home to tryout for their Midget team with little to no passion and excitement. In another instance, during training camp one may let in a number of bad goals or have a below average game. Again, the failure is most evident in this goaltenders expressions and body language. What one must understand and live by is their future,... their long term goals! The talented author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar explains in one speech that we must have long range goals! Furthermore he goes on to say, "Losses can be pebbles on the beach. If you have long range goals a temporary dissapointment can become pebbles on the beach. If you don't have long range goals than those temporary dissapointments literary become the whole ocean front. You must have those long range goals!" In the coming months when you find yourself in a position of failure it is crucial to remember that you must tough it out and remember your long term goals! Picking yourself back up may mean re-positioning yourself on a lower level team than desired. It may mean having a much stronger outing the next day in training camp.  It may mean taking a new direction compared to where you were heading before. This new direction does not mean that you are required to quite. A new direction is set to take you on a meandering path that is still connected to your long term goal, but, may be a different route then you had expected. Again. this does not mean you will quitting! This does not insinuate being discouraged or dissapointed! Goaltender Dustin Tokarski was overlooked by many WHL teams. The Saskatchewan born netminder played for the Prince Albert Mintos AAA team after going unselected in the WHL draft (and getting cut by no fewer than six midget teams); head coach Tim Leonardrecalled that Tokarski had phoned them up as a 15-year old looking for a place to play. That first year he made 42 saves in a loss to Sweden which kept his team from winning Mac’s Midget Tournament, later he was even better en route to the Telus Cup, awarded to the best midget team in Canada, making 61 saves in the triple-overtime finale. Tokarski’s performance in Prince Albert caught the attention of the Spokane Chiefs, who added him to their protected list. Leading the charge of undrafted WHL netminders at a 5'11" stature he helped the Chiefs win the Memorial Cup in 2008. As our company has sported the word dedicated on our shirts around the training centre, we most recently had a staff meeting with The Rink Training Centre and Elite Performance and discussed the notion of being dedicated and also the lead up to being resilient. This transition from being dedicated to being resilient goes hand in hand with ones long term goals. In order to take the necessary steps to achieve success you must overcome many, many, many losses and defeats. You must relate to where you want to be in 1-3 years, rather than where you want to be today, as if you put all the weight on todays small loss you will feel a much much stronger dissapointment. Strive for the future and build on the details of achievement and failure that you face daily!   In closing, GDI PRAIRIES would like to thank all 30 goaltender who attended the 2012 Off-Season Total GDI Academy! We wish each and every one of you the best as you approach training camp with the feeling of being prepared and feeling confident! GDI would also like to thank all of the shooters that had helped out with the Academy and Prospect Clinics over the past 2-3 months! The list of shooters that made the ice times so successful included some of Western Canada's best! Thanks goes out to Cole Hamblin, Justin Hamonic, Travis Brown, Kurt Johnas, Jordan Boyd, Geordie Macguire, Mitch Doell, Brett Chartier, Adam Brooks, Ian Humphreys, Riley Lindgren, Chris Stockl, and more. ___________________________________________________________________________


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!   ___________________________________________________________________________

WHL Camps In Full Stride:

With the WHL Season Opener just under a month away many teams are in full stride to start the hockey season. Many teams have already started their rookie camps as more than a handful of GDI Goaltenders have left to attend training camps across Western Canada. GDI Prairies would like to wish all the best to each goaltender and would like to remind them to enjoy the process and take it in one day at a time! For the WHL season schedule Click Here. ______________________________________________________

Cyr in Spokane to Get the Chiefs Rolling:

As the Spokane Chiefs began their annual fall camp with their first ice sessions on August 23rd Goalie Coach Ryan Cyr has been hard at work making sure each goaltender is receiving dedicated attention throughout the camp. The Red-White scrimmage was yesterday at 1:00pm. Team Red earned a 5-1 victory in the scrimmage as White's Trevor Martin, a ninth round selection in 2011, stopped all 25 shots he faced in 29:58.  He was replaced by Garret Hughson who stopped 14 of 15 shots.  Tyson Verhelst, the Chiefs' third round pick in 2012, started for Red and was 14-18 in save opportunities.  Nineteen-year-old veteran Eric Williams was 11-12 in relief. Spokane has six pre-season games over a three week span, including a pair of games next weekend in Everett. Spokane will open the 2012-13 regular season campaign in Kennewick versus the Tri-City Americans on September 22nd. Bud Light Opening night in the Spokane arena is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th versus Tri-City. ______________________________________________________

GDI Summer Camps Come to Close for 2012:

As the summer months dwindle down and the hockey season now approaches GDI Prairies has wrapped up their last summer camp here in Winnipeg for the 2012 year. This past week we conducted the Winnipeg High Performance and Advanced Summer Camp. With over 30 goaltenders in attendance GDI had great 5 days helping each goaltender prosper and develop their skills. The theme of the week revolved around setting personal standards and expectations that can be demonstarted in camp and carried on throughout the season. With a great week, GDI Prairies would like to thank each goaltender and parent for attending! As being a GDI GOALIE we wish you all the best in this upcoming season! We would also like to thank the staff that helped make the great atmosphere that we had for the week. Thanks to: Brian Archibald, Adam Iwan, Teagan Sacher, Travis Pelletier, Stephanie Douglas, Abby Ryplanski, Sheridan Friesen, Darris Hardern, Alex Moodie, Tyler Oswald, Matt Hewitt, and Brandon Bizovey! We invite everyone to check out the pictures taken from our Summer Camps in Winnipeg and Brandon. CLICK HERE to take a look! ______________________________________________________

Edmonds Looking to Solidify Future in Prince George With Strong Training Camp:

The future has never been brighter as far goaltending is concerned for the Prince George Cougars. The Prince George Cougars feel they have a keeper in the 16-year-old Ty Edmonds. Edmonds signed a standard WHL contract with the Cougars in January of 2012, and put together an extremely impressive Midget campaign with the Winnipeg Wild. A 1.78 GAA and a save percentage of .916 on a very talented Winnipeg Wild squad.  His playoff numbers were even better with a save percentage at .955 over five starts. Could Edmonds crack the Cougars as a 16-year-old? With a strong training camp the possibility may become a reality for the young netminder. The Cougars have their first exhibition game on September 1st against the Red Deer Rebels. For their full schedule Click Here. ______________________________________________________

Gutenberg Picks Up Shutout In Oil Kings Camp:

Returning for his 2nd year at the Edmonton Oil Kings Training Camp goaltender Tyler Gutenberg helped Team Black make strides on moving day as they posted a pair of wins following a 7-0 loss on Friday night. They tallied a lop sided 6-1 win to start the day, then followed this up with an impressive 2-0 win over Team Blue. Gutenberg and Tanner Loucks shared the game for the shutout. Guty trained with GDI Prairies throughout the months of July and August through numerous 1v1 training sessions where he traveled in from Brandon, and also training in this years Prospect Clinics. Added to his time on the ice Gutenberg also helped instruct several young netminders at this years Brandon Summer Camp. The 2012 WHL Opening Weekend will launch on Thursday, September 20 in Edmonton. As is tradition the WHL Season Opener will be hosted by the defending WHL Champions. It will be a banner night as the 2012 WHL Champion Oil Kings take on the 2011 WHL Champion Kootenay Ice in the Oil Kings home opener at Rexall Place. ___________________________________________________________________________


Take a look below to see how Austin Lotz (Lotzy) has been training at the centre for the upcoming 2012/2013 season with the WHL Everett Silvertips.