Goalies know all too well what it feels to like to be the odd man out, abnormal, or even a little isolated from their teammates during the year. We are separated with clearly defined crease markings on the ice telling us where to stay and where we can go. Coaches often struggle with how to make the best athlete out of their goalies and all to often this happens…
“Assistant Coach Tony, what happened to that shot?” Head Coach Dan puts his head in his hand and calls his goalie to the bench. “Fleury, great try but next time just stop the puck.” As soon as the coach turns away Fleury skates back to the net and slams his stick onto the ice. “Really? Stop the puck? Oh my gosh, why didn’t I think of that? Glad I now know the secret to goaltending” Fleury grumbles to himself and decides he needs a break. He switches with his goalie partner for the next drill.
At MGS, we believe in creating the best environment, education and encouragement for goalies of all ages and skill levels. This is a place where they can feel comfortable, normal, appreciated, and admired for their bravery in choosing the most difficult position on the planet.
As owner, I feel it is my sole objective to encourage and nurture the mind of every goalie who puts on an MGS jersey. As a young kid who attended Midwest Goalie School, I remember the coaches at each station taking time to work with me. They gave me support and encouraged me to try new things. They became my role models and mentors. I have played at nearly every level of hockey imaginable, including NCAA Division 1 and the NHL. The one thing I have found in common with every successful goalie is their complete love of the game. If you love being a goalie, the relentless hard work to become great is no longer work, it’s a journey. At MGS, we want every goalie to fall in love with the position because at the end of the day, that’s what burns the brightest. Keep your dreams big and remember “forwards are stupid!”