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!


Silently Command Respect

It was created in March of 2006. Since its launch it has rapidly gained worldwide popularity, generating over 340 million posts daily. The creation of Twitter and many other social media networks has created a popular handheld friend that anyone can carry around and "tweet" or "post" their feelings. What has risen on occasion from this easy to access message output device is personal self-sabotage. Moving in the wrong direction athletes are now using Facebook and Twitter and releasing personal and embarrassing facts about themselves. The most recent example to point out is the light up of "tweets" about tryouts for an athlete making the team or being sent down. The rise in athletes posting their emotional reactions for the world to see has been atrocious. Without consciously thinking of who will see these statements many blindly lay their personal thoughts on the line for players, coaches, management, and others to see. Coaches find ways to access each player's social media profiles, whether you believe it or not, and with this said, coaches do go to this extent for a reason. The truth is that a strong team environment depend upon an athletes reputation. Harrison Monarth wrote in "Executive Presence" that the number one "most common mistakes that sabotage people's reputations online" is careless social networking. He proclaims that websites such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube tend to inflict harm on people's reputations when they least expect it. The gravitational force that has pulled people into posting outrageous personal thoughts, pictures, and videos is simply to get attention. Again, as stated on last Monday's post, one thing that any man or woman searches for constantly throughout their life is to be accepted. With this in mind, athletes must look in a different direction. Rather than vicariously self-sabotaging your reputation, look to silently command respect. Manage yourself in a manner that demands nothing but respect. All coaches look for players that represent their team well and provide a strong influential presence. With an athlete drawing attention to him or herself and the organization through social media it can only go in a negative direction. Just as it is preached think before you speak, the same should be said for social media. Young athletes look up to you, fans admire you, and coaches and your teammates depend on you. As in large part with it being considered a daily distraction I suggest refraining from going on and updating your social media pages hourly. Sure there can be time set aside to go on and look up news or communicate with someone, but don't take the path of impulse posting and letting everyone hear about all of your actions and daily activities. Again, take into consideration that the info you provide the public can harm you when you least expect it!   Reminder: Managing Yourself Includes Managing Your Reputation ___________________________________________________________________________


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.

Reimer Gets Put Through the Paces This Past Week:

For several sessions this past week the Maple Leafs James Reimer was training with the GDI Prairies staff. Reimer was born in Arborg Manitoba and played with the AAA Provincial Interlake Lightning as he matured through his years in Midget hockey. Now he has worked his way up to the professional level with the Toronto Maple Leafs and has been credited as the teams starting netminder. GDI had helped Reimer maintain his solid foundation over this past week as he worked on maintaining proper habits within his movement and positioning. For more photos of his sessions at GDI Prairies Click Here.   _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

MJHL Report:

Friday night had four games on hand. First off to report is Virden vs Dauphin. The Kings came to play in this one as they peppered young 1996 born netminder Ty Edmonds as they tallied 10+ shots per period. To Eddies rescue the Oil Kings Myles Nykoluk score at the 6:09 mark to send the game into overtime and then into a shootout. Behind the 8-Ball for most of the game Edmonds and his team suffered with the loss and now stand at 2-1-2. For his efforts Edmonds grabbed the games 2nd Star. For more info Click Here. Previously on last Sunday night Dauphin Kings rookie netminder Brian Archibald got his first start and was able to capture his 1st victory with a 4-1 knocking against the Steinbach Pistons. Just over six days after this another league rookie, Davy Fisher, also grabbed his first MJHL win with a 4-1 score over the OCN Blizzard. That evening Fisher stopped 35 of 36 and was awarded the games 2nd star. In the opposing end goaltender Alex Henry was clobbered with 52 shots against. On a competitive team Henry looks to have a strong sophomore year in OCN. Approaching this upcoming weekend on October 4th the MJHL Showcase starts up. Being featured are a number of GDI Goaltenders! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tip's Earn First Win As Lotz Pushes Aside 34:

Everett earned its first victory of the 2012-13 Western Hockey League season Friday night when the Tips defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-3 at Pacific Coliseum. Reid Petryk scored his first two goals of the season and Austin Lotz played a strong game in net for Everett, which won at Pacific Coliseum for the first time in more than three years. The last time the Tips won at Vancouver was a 4-3 victory on Sept. 19, 2009. Lotz held the team in the 1st frame as Vancouver had control outshooting Everett 12-4 , and allowing only one goal on several scoring chances. Coming up the Silvertips return to action Wednesday night at home against Tri-City. For the full results of the game Click Here.   _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Williams Doesn't Forget the Past:

Williams doesn't forget. As the hunger started to rise within the team after getting deeper and deerp into the season after game one, he rose to the occasion on Saturday night as he helped the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-3 victory over the Tri-City Americans. Williams stopped 23 of 26 on the night and shutout the Americans powerplay as they went 0-5, which in turn helped capture the win against last years playoff nemesis. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Movember Approaching Quickly:

Team Project Echo has set up to raise money for the one and only man mustache growing month of Mo-Vember!Along with GDI Prairies, The Rink-Training Centre, and Elite Performance, we invite YOU to join “Team Project Echo” that is captained by Mike Keane. Please visit our page and SIGN UP!During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.Additionally, we are also having a contest of who has the funniest Mo for the month!We need all of our athletes photos! We are looking to post updates throughout November after each week to show some of our athletes best and have the hockey community vote! Please send them to dan@gdiprairies.comA team is not carried by one person. It takes a buy in by everyone! This past year we had a total of $12,971.00 raised in 29 days with 50 team members and countless fundraisers! This year we look forward to having you be a part of Team Project Echo and helping the community of GDI, The Rink, and Elite spread the word to help support mens health!___________________________________________________________________________  

Did we miss something? If you know something we don't or have news regarding a friend, your son or daughter, or even about your own accomplishments please let us know! We love to hear about success stories! Email us at info@gdiprairies.com