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!

   

Know That You Can

At the age of 25 a young man named Oscar has accomplished many feats that many people would feel that they could never be reach. Born in South Africa with Fibular Hemimelia, at 11 months old Oscar's legs were amputated halfway between his knees and ankles. Growing up he was driven athletically as he participated in sports such as rugby, water polo, tennis, and wrestling. After an injury in rugby he went on to be introduced to running in 2004. Most recently Oscar Pistorius secured his place in sporting history by becoming the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics. Oscar refused to be put into the category of not being "able". Exemplified by the ink of verse beginning with 1 Corinthians 9:26 tattooed on his back which begins, "I do not run like a man running aimlessly", Oscar thought and felt that he had a purpose. Zig Ziglar, longtime talented author and speaker, states in a past seminar that scientists now estimate that if they were to try to duplicate the mind it would cost them a hundred million dollars. Being able to do similar thinking a human mind could do it would require more electricity to run it than a small city requires.  Yet, this magnificent creation could not do something that any humans mind could do. It could not originate a thought. Furthermore, Ziglar proclaimed that everyone is worth over a hundred million dollars, and with this worth in mind it doesn't make any sense to put yourself down. With this being said I encourage everyone who is competing for a spot on a team to look to themselves. Please, do not look to the other goaltenders that are also fighting for a spot. Please, do not compare yourself, and do not degrade yourself to thinking that you are not "worth" being on the team. The ones that believe they can are the ones that push aside distraction and destructive thinking. Growing up I personally looked to my twin brother, an individual who never succumbed to thinking that he couldn't do what his heart desired. Being born with cerebral palsy my brother pushed aside the thought of not being able to do what others around him were doing. Attending University to further his education and competing as a goaltender in wheelchair hockey are two things that he has done that I deeply admire. Again, there is no reason that you should look to someone else and place a feeling of self doubt on yourself. Use the hundred million dollar mind that you were  born with and think "I can!" As Benjamin Franklin put it, "You can do anything you set your mind to." If you visually see others better than you, then they will be. If you mentally think about yourself as being worthy, strong, athletic, and competitive, then you will be! It is that simple. Reminder: Think You Can. Know That You Can. ___________________________________________________________________________

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! 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. _________________________________________________________________________________________

Spokane Closes Out Pre-Season With 5 Straight:

The Spokane Chiefs won their fifth game in a row to finish the WHL pre-season with a 5-1-0-0 record. In their most recent game Spokane's two 19-year-old goaltenders split time with Eric Williams stopping all 19 shots he faced in 32:38 and Mac Engel going 11 for 13 in 27:22.  Tri-City outshot the Chiefs 32-17 including 10-2 in the third period. Currently left in the Chiefs system for goaltenders is Garret Hughson, Mac Engel, and Eric Williams. The Chiefs and Americans will trade home openers over the next two weekends as Spokane travels back to Kennewick's Toyota Center next Saturday night to begin the 2012-13 regular season.  The Chiefs will begin the home portion of their regular season on Saturday, September 29th on Bud Light Opening Night in the Spokane Arena. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Many Goaltenders Still Remain on Junior Rosters:

With 1-2 weeks remaining on Major Junior, Junior A, and Midget squads final selections GDI goaltenders are looking to solidify their spot on their respectful teams. Remaining on Western Hockey League teams include over 15 GDI goaltenders. Junior A rosters have also started to trim down. Most recently Ty Edmonds signed with the Virden Oil Capitals. After years of dedicated and detailed training Ty continues to rise up the hockey ranks quickly. Being accepted to this past years Under 16 Team Manitoba team, helping the MBAAA Winnipeg Wild reach the Western Regional Telus Cup Qualifier as a first year AAA Midget goaltender, and signing a WHL contract are all small personal victories within his past hockey season. Moving to the remaining training camp dates all the staff at GDI would like to wish all the best to each goaltender that is competing for a spot on their desired team. _____________________________________________________________________________________________

MFMHL Teams Select Goaltenders:

As GDI Prairies is part of the nomination for the MFMHL Goaltender of the Month Award, we would like to congratulate all goaltenders that have been selected to each of the 8 teams within the league. Most recently the Winnipeg Female Midget AAA teams selected their goaltenders. The Avros have second year veterans Justine McIntosh and Shelby Audet. The Winnipeg Ice have Michelle Kerdes and Kathleen Kosior. With all four goaltenders having trained with GDI over the past two to three years we would like to congratulate each goalie on being selected! For more on the MFMHL Click Here. GDI Prairies has helped develop many goaltenders this past season that played in the MFMHL including the following: Brittni Mowat, Shelby Anne Audet, Kristen Campbell, Sam Goodbrandson, Kim Kobar, Rachelle Lougheed, Justine McIntosh, Brenna McNulty, and Jessica Campbell.GDI Female goaltender standouts that have moved on to play at the NCAA or CIS level include: Abby Ryplanski, Sheridan Friesen, Lana Steck, Leiette Klassen, Dee-Ana Marion, Kelsey Fuerst, Tayler VanDenakker, and many others._____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Sacher and Hewitt With Strong Performances Over the Weekend:

Goaltender Teagan Sacher made another strong case for a WHL promotion on Friday night with a standout performance in 1 ½ periods of work against the visiting Saskatoon Blades. Regina lost the game 2-1 at the Brandt Centre but you couldn’t fault Sacher, who stopped all 16 shots he faced and has yet to blink in a tightly contested battle with returning veterans Matt Hewitt and Adam Beukeboom. “I definitely played better this pre-season than last year, so I think it’ll help my cause,” offered Sacher, an 18-year-old rookie hopeful. “I know I played my best. I tried to make a good impression and give the coaches a reason to not send me home. It’s just a waiting game now. There’s still three of us. Who knows how long it’ll take? I just have to wait it out. Patience is one of the biggest things being here. Hopefully it all works out for the best.” “I thought he played very well,” said head coach Pat Conacher, whose team dropped to 1-2-0 in the preseason. “One thing that impressed me, and we’ve talked about it before, he makes it look easy. It’s not flip-flop. He’s very calm. He’s in position to stop the second and third shots.” The next evening the Regina net had a brick wall built up by veteran goaltender Matt Hewitt. Hewy pushed aside 38 of 41 shots to capture the 4-3 contest. With first star honors the Pats goaltender seemed to show no rust in this one as he help the Pats stay in the game while they were peppered with shots. Both Teagan Sacher and Matt Hewitt have trained with GDI Prairies staff for an extensive period of time over the past years. Along with their dedication to their game they have also helped develop the young talents of aspiring goalies at the most recent GDI Summer Camp in Winnipeg. Two great goalies that are both passionate about the game of hockey. ___________________________________________________________________________