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!



Clark Works With McElhinney:

Columbus' goaltending coach, Ian Clark, said several factors are contributing to McElhinney's strong start. "One thing that jumps out at me right out of the gate is just how professional his preparation is," Clark said. Sometimes when you have a serious injury as a netminder "it can tend to sharpen your preparation habits because you don't want to fall back into [the injury]," Clark explained. Having worked extensively with Roberto Luongo in Vancouver, Clark likened McElhinney's "almost religious" dedication to preparing for games and practices to that of Luongo. And when Clark suggested a few tweaks to McElhinney's positional game, the netminder adapted. "He absorbed them incredibly quickly," Clark said. "The template of his game is a very consistent template." The changes, subtle though they might have been, have made a world of difference to the netminder. "I've never felt so good in my net," said McElhinney, who was named goaltender of the month in the AHL for October. "I feel 10 times different than before the injury." "This is one of the most enjoyable starts to a season I've ever had, obviously," added McElhinney, who was a sixth-round pick by the Calgary Flames in 2002 and whose NHL career has included stops in Anaheim, Ottawa and Phoenix. At one point, he was acquired by Tampa but never played for the Lightning. For more on this article Click Here. 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. In addition to his eight years with the Canucks organization, Clark was also a member of Team Canada’s coaching staff at the World Junior Championships from 2003-06, winning silver medals in 2003 and 2004 and capturing gold in 2005 and 2006. He also served as the Florida Panthers goaltending consultant in 2001-02. The list of goaltenders he has worked with includes Roberto Luongo, Cam Ward, Marc-Andre Fleury, Cory Schneider, Andrew Raycroft, Johan Hedberg and Mathieu Garon.___________________________________________________________________________


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.

Lotz Ranked 4th Within NHL Central Scouting North American Goalies:

The 2012/2013 NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List Rankings are out! Placed 4th on the depth chart for North American goaltenders was GDI trained Austin Lotz. For the full list Click Here. {Be sure to check the WEEKLY WORD from THE RINK to see news on trained players that are scouted} Adding to his success, the Manitoba born goaltender also grabbed his first career WHL shutout recently against the Tri-City Americans. Pushing out 35 shots this wasn't an easy "perfect game" by the normal standard. Over the past four years Lotz has trained at GDI. Going through hours of goaltender specific training with 1v1 consulting and the Total GDI Academy in the off-season he has been one student that has stayed dedicated and goal focused as he has moved through his hockey career. In addition to training at GDI, Lotz also had a large part of his time taken up by training off the ice at Elite Performance. For two summers he trained 5+ days for approximately 3-4 months of the off-season to stay in shape. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Kazzy Records 1st College Victory With 30 Stops :

Freshman netminder Jason Kasdorf made 30 saves in his colegiate debut to lead RPI to a 4-1 non-conference victory over Mercyhurst on Saturday night at Houston Field House. “He’s had a great mentality,” Appert said. “He’s a kid who’s an NHL draft pick (Winnipeg, 6th-round in 2011) who had not seen a lick of time basically who just shows up (to practice) every day to work and to get better. Credit to him on that.” With his scoreless 20 minutes in the blowout loss at Union tacked onto Saturday’s stats, Kasdorf has a goals-against average of 0.75 and a 97.4 saves percentage (38-of-39). For more on this article Click Here. Jason Kasdorf has trained at GDI Prairies for over the past three years while starting with the Portage Terriers and then moving through the USHL and College ranks. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Ryan Brown Famous For Shootout Victories:

The Winnipeg Thrashers netminder has found his knack for shutting out the opposition in shootouts. Over the weekend he captured his 7th win of the season within season games. In addition he also picked up 3 wins in tournament play in Grand Forks when the Thrashers played in the The Hockey Academy Showcase. Of these 10 W's three of them have been in a shootout. Taking down the SMAAAHL Moose Jaw Generals, the MBAAA Brandon Wheat Kings and Central Plains Capitals were not easy task! In his last game against the Wheat Kings Brown made 24 of 26 saves on the night to take the win. In the opposing end GDI trained Tyler Gutenberg played outstanding for his team as he made a valiant effort to get one of possible two points for his team. Guty stopped 43 of 45 on the night. Both goaltenders have trained with GDI for an extensive period of time over the past three years. _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Iwan vs Edmonds on Grey Cup Night:

On a night where many would be watching the Grey Cup with friends, having a family dinner or appetizers, two GDI goaltenders were squaring off in a cross division match up. GDI trained Adam Iwan was going up against Ty Edmonds. This victory was awarded to Adam Iwan as he stole the show and was awarded the games 1st Star. Iwan stopped 30 of 31 on the night to help the Portage Terriers grab a 2-1 win moving them to 25 points as they look to inch closer to taking 2nd place away from the Selkirk Steelers in the Addison Division of the MJHL. Virden goaltender Ty Edmonds stopped 18 of 20 on the night as his team suffered the loss. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________  

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