RED DEER - Goaltenders of all ages and abilities can improve their skills and learn from some of the province’s top goaltending instructors by attending one of Hockey Alberta’s 2018 Goaltender Development Camps.
As part of its Provincial Goaltender Development Plan unveiled last year, Hockey Alberta is hosting three sets of goaltender development camps this spring. The schedule features two goalie Skill Development camps, two camps for Elite level goalies, and two U14 camps offered in partnership with Hockey Canada.
“Being a goaltender is a unique and challenging position on any hockey team. We want to ensure that goalies of all abilities and experience levels have the opportunity to learn the skills of the position from knowledgeable instructors, and to have fun at the same time,” said Matt Weninger, Hockey Alberta’s Goaltending Lead and Regional Centre Consultant in Lethbridge.
SKILL DEVELOPMENT CAMP: Hockey Alberta has offered goaltender skill development camps for several years, providing goalies across the province with training and techniques to develop a solid base of skills. This camp is open to all goaltenders born in 2003-09. The 2018 camps will feature Hockey Alberta’s new group of Regional Goaltending Leads who work with minor hockey associations across the province on goaltender development plans.
- North Camp: May 5-6 in Edmonton
- South Camp: May 26-27 in Calgary
ELITE CAMP: Hockey Alberta is offering the Elite Camp for the second year. Enrolment in the Elite Camp is by application, and the goal of the camp is to work with the province’s top male and female goaltenders to help them with the transition to the next stage of their development. The instructional staff includes an impressive list of WHL goalie coaches, and Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta staff.
- Elite Female Camp: June 16-17 in Cochrane, open to the top 36 Bantam and Midget goaltenders.
- Elite Male Camp: June 23-24 in Camrose, open to the top 36 Bantam and top 18 Minor Midget goaltenders in Alberta.
HOCKEY CANADA U14 CAMP: Working in partnership with Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta is offering this new camp for 2018 focused on Peewee and Bantam AA goaltenders, and includes four hours of on-ice time, and five off-ice sessions.
- South Camp: April 6-7 in Calgary
- North Camp: April 14-15 in Edmonton
For more information, or to register/apply for any of these camps, check the Hockey Alberta website.