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!___________________________________________________________________________
USE THE OPPORTUNITY:As opportunities throughout the season can come and go, in tryouts there are only so many of them to prove yourself. Taking a look at making a Midget team. As you progress through to week number two other goaltenders start to come back from Junior A and Major Junior. In order to not be overlooked by these guys you must have already had a consistant camp and have made a strong first impression (which we discussed in previous weeks). Now it comes the time where there may only be one or two more games to make your point to be on the team, and take up one of two spots. Goaltenders that make their first year of Bantam AAA, that end up playing Junior at a young age, all have one thing in common. They enjoy the pressure. "Oh there is a lot of pressure on this game!" .... That is a good thing! Put pressure on yourself to perform. If you don't then you are not taking the game serious. PGA Champion Nancy Lopez states that,"The pressure makes me more intent on each shot. Pressure on the last few holes makes me play better." What this pressure boils down to is to the ones that can USE pressure as a motivator are that ones that can take advantage of it to enhance their performance. Others that get caught up and let pressure USE them and discourage them that they are not worthy and not able to compete then the escalating effect of failing start to happen. Remind yourself each day: You must USE pressure and not let it use you!___________________________________________________________________________
Robidoux Makes The Jump To The WHL:Robidoux played last season for the Manitoba based Pembina Valley Hawks as a veteran on the team When asked what it would come down to midway through the camp he stated, “I think it will just depend on how we react to our games and how they go and how we respond during practices. Whoever has been the better athlete and the better person will probably make it.” For more on the interview Click Here. Well with all of his dedicated work to his craft over the course of June, July, and August we would like to wish all the best to Robidoux who takes that next step in his career at the Major Junior level. Robidoux has been with GDI over the past three years training through countless hours of 1v1 sessions and Game Video Analysis. Over this summer he trained at the centre six times a week going through 3-4 sessions off the ice with Elite Performance and 3-4 sessions on the ice (Movement Conditioning, Tactical Game Situations, and Personal 1v1 Sessions). ___________________________________________________________________________
Home Stretch To The Start Of The Season :The Season is right around the corner. The Regina Pats kick off the start to the WHL Season against the Swift Current Broncos. The MJHL has 4 games scheduled for the 20th to start up Junior A hockey in Manitoba. In the SJHL Estevan goes head-to-head against Melville on the 19th. The BCHL home-openers already started on the 13th of September. To note Surrey took down Langley by a score of 5 to 4 in Overtime. The AJHL started up on September 6th. Last seasons RBC Champion the Brooks Bandits climbed over Camrose by a score of 5-2.
Recent Junior A News:In the BCHL on Saturday Andy Desautels stopped 22 of 25 for the W with the West Kelowna Warriors as they beat the Merritt Centennials by a score of 4-3. To start the year the Warriors sit at .500 with a record of 2-2. In the MJHL on Sundya rookie netminder for the Neepawa Natives Tyson Verhelst picked up a 4-3 victory over the Virden Oil Capitals as he pushed aside 33 of 36 on the night. 20-year old Zach Rakochy stopped 25 of 27 and went 3 for 3 in the shootout as helped the Steinbach Pistons drive over the Winnipeg Blues in a 3-2 shootout win.
Recent Major Junior News:In the WHL on Saturday Alex Moodie stopped 25 of 27 for the Saskatoon Blades to pick up a 7-2 triumphant win over the Prince Albert Raiders. Garret Hughson stopped 37 of 38 in net for the Spokane Chiefs as they grabbed a 4-1 win over the rival Tri-City Americans. Hughy killed off 10 of 11 Penaltys on the night. ___________________________________________________________________________
Julianna Awarded The Player Of The Game Award :Player of the Game was Julianna Thomson from Team Winwell, she made 56 saves and really helped keep her team in the game long enough until they tied it late in the third. Thomson took part in the 2013 Caribou Cup at the end of August and was awarded the Player of the Game on Day 2 of the Tournament. For more info on the tournament and Julianna’s performance in net Click Here. ___________________________________________________________________________
From Amanda Schubert (@aschubert94): "Don't know where I would be without all the help from @GDIGoaltending this summer #thebest #mustmakeatripbackasap"
From Les Lazaruk (@Bladesvoice): "Skatesave by TeaganSacher off @ryangraham39 on @bladeshockey PP...12-and-a-half minutes into 3rd period, 1st Blades' shot!"_________________________________________________________________________________________
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._________________________________________________________________________________________