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!


Change in the Atmosphere, No Change in Self

If you have participated in a GDI Prairies camp in the past you will know that being pushed outside of your "comfort zone" is a big influential factor in reaching a new level of play. When starting anything new the issue of beginning to take action tends to be most difficult. Most people prefer to stay within their routine ways. They enjoy their comfort zone. For example, when first starting training in May or June it is a definite struggle to begin and start the vigorous schedule, the pain after deathly gym workouts, and the confusion of learning new skills or regaining on ice strengths. Gradually by July and August the training and switch of one's day begins to become more self driven. The change is accepted and welcomed. Now, moving through training camp the progression of being selected to a team is a whole new experience. A new team, a new year. The cycle begins again. The struggle for many here is now feeling like yourself and playing your game in this new environment. Surrounded by many highly skilled goaltenders and players outside distractions may creep into ones mental focus of succeeding in their approach to being selected for the team. An atmosphere change like this can be scary and threatening for many. Recently one of our instructors was asked from a goaltender during a one-on-one lesson "Will I be better than the other goalies there?" This mindset of  self doubt can surround someone and consume their thinking. Sharing a net with over three other goaltenders can be a difficult situation. Goalie A may look to others and view all that they can do. Goalie B may view themselves for all that they can do. Robin Sharma, expert author and speaker on leadership, says it best, "truly enlightened never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don't race against ofthers race against yourself." When moving through the trenches to get to the top continue to remind yourself that you have the skill set. Say to yourself: I have the power. I can do this. With months of preparation your confidence should be built up from countless training sessions. Gradually as you seek success you should be confident upon the success that you already have gained developing  and refining your position. Master your thoughts in the remaining weeks of training camp. Discard all week and discouraging thoughts and replace them with a powerful visual of you at your best! Lastly, the answer that followed the goaltenders question, "Will I be better than the other goalies there?"... The instructor replied, "You can only control what you can control, and that is being at YOUR best!" Remind yourself each day: Change in atmosphere = No change in self   ___________________________________________________________________________


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! Wednesday reports on players are written by The Rink's Jon Cara and Monday reports on skill development are written by The Rink's Dave Cameron. _________________________________________________________________________________________

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. _______________________________________________________________________________

Regina Pats Camp Review:

The Pats appear to be set between the pipes with the return of Matt Hewitt and Adam Beukeboom, but looks can be deceiving. Despite a stellar first season as Regina’s go-to guy, Hewitt isn’t necessarily safe due to the fact that he’s one of six players vying for three 20-year-old spots. That could create an opening for Beukeboom, 18, who showed flashes of starter’s potential in limited action last season. The Pats believe they have two more goaltenders who are capable of stepping into the lineup: Teagan Sacher, 18, and Tanner Burgardt, 17. Sacher was in the thick of the backup race last year before Beukeboom won the job in a photo finish. Sacher is back for more after a solid campaign in the Manitoba junior A ranks, posting a 14-6-0 record, with a 2.91 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. Burgardt, meanwhile, is regarded as a potential starter of the future. He showed why in his first season at the midget AAA level, going 20-2-1 with a 2.10 GAA, .907 SP and three shutouts. “We’re probably in a better situation than we were even last year,” noted Lang. “All four guys have a legit opportunity.” The Pats are also high on 16-year-old prospects Nathan Churchill (who isn’t in camp) and Patrick Gora. With that kind of depth between the pipes, the Pats could find themselves in a position of strength if they chose to make a deal to shore up another area of need. For more on this article by the Regina Leader Post Click Here. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

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 would also like to thank our instructors that helped in our camp in Brandon, making our first camp there a big success. A big thanks goes out to: Corbin Boes, Travis Pelletier, Darris Hardern, Brian Archibald, Tyler Gutenberg, Justin Holder, and Tyson Velherst. We invite everyone to check out the pictures taken from our Summer Camps in Winnipeg and Brandon. CLICK HERE to take a look! _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Otters Goalie Dansk Spends Time With Columbus Goalie Coach:

Oscar Dansk found more than a rebuilding team when he arrived at training camp Thursday. "I've had a lot of fun with the guys and (I'm) getting really close with everyone," the Erie Otters' newly signed No. 1 goaltender said by phone Friday from Morgan Firestone Arena in Ancaster, Ontario -- site of the OHL club's training camp this week. Now Dansk, the third overall pick in the CHL Import Draft, is ready to work alongside his new teammates. He needs to wait a little while before joining the team on the ice. Dansk continues to rehabilitate from a twisted knee suffered with Sweden's national junior team at USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., a few weeks ago. He hopes to skate for the first time next week. He expects to be ready for the season opener Sept. 20 against Niagara. Dansk  will play three hours from Columbus, Ohio, home of the NHL's Blue Jackets, which selected him with the first pick of the second round in the NHL Entry Draft earlier this summer. The Otters have invited Blue Jackets goaltending coach Ian Clark to work with Dansk in Erie. With that extra help, he can work toward being a No. 1 goaltender at the NHL level. Oscar Dansk was selected in the second round (31st overall) out of Sweden, and Joonas Korpisalo, a native of Finland, joined him as a Jacket the following round with the 62nd selection. Goaltending coach Ian Clark said he was impressed with the mental skill set of the Europeans. “There is some tremendous talent here,” he said. “There are certain things in goaltending that you can teach, and there are certain things that you can develop. I really believe we have some great intangibles with this young group.” Dansk also could help his cause by helping the Otters develop into a winning team again. "We're going to do everything we can. (We're going to) work hard," he said. "That's what it's all about." For more on this article by goerie.com Click Here. ________________________________________________________________________________________

Young Martyniuk Shuts the Door:

Troy Martyniuk was ecstatic when asked to attend the Regina Pats Training Camp. Now in action he is able to get noticed with his well known big stops that he has put on display in countless games in Winnipeg. As a 1997 born goaltender Martyniuk will look to be a hopeful for the Manitoba Midget AAA Provincial League's Winnipeg Thrashers this upcoming year. The Pats first home game is on September 6th vs the Brandon Wheat Kings. ___________________________________________________________________________