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Goalie Development

In order to ensure that Alberta’s goaltenders, and their coaches, are properly equipped for the best performance possible in this specialized position, Hockey Alberta has worked with Hockey Canada to develop the Canadian Goaltender Pathway, and a Provincial Goaltender Development Plan.

The Pathway and Development Plan feature a multi-pronged approach to ensuring that goaltenders receive direct and consistent coaching and guided skill development so that their experience in the crease is a positive one. A focal point of the Pathway and the Provincial Plan is to develop the knowledge and expertise of coaches, both regionally and within individual associations. The other prong involves providing goaltenders with specialized training opportunities, where they can work with other goalies as well as some of the most experienced goaltender coaches in the province.

The Canadian Goaltender Pathway document includes the Hockey Alberta Provincial Goaltender Development Plan, and can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.

Hockey Alberta is welcoming each Minor Hockey Association to send their local Goalie Leaders to the inaugural Goalie Coach Seminar, hosted in Red Deer on May 25, 2019. This opportunity is designed to help educate and support our multitude of goalie coaches as well as associations.

Those in attendance will learn technical and tactical strategies for both on-ice training as well as off-ice support based on Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta philosophies.  Associations will be given the tools to carry out best practices from Hockey Alberta that relate to supporting your goaltenders from the grassroots level all the way until the graduate from the Minor Hockey system.     

The Inaugural Goalie Coach Seminar is a great way for goalie coaches to network and learn the creative coaching and association philosophies that can help goaltending in Alberta.  Those in attendance will leave with new knowledge on various programs Hockey Alberta offers across the Province to MHA’s (small & large), and connections to keep the passion and development growing into future seasons.

Hockey Alberta is encouraging each association to identify their goalie coach(es) and provide the resources for them to join this opportunity.  It’s a great way to grow your MHA, and say thank you to the hardworking volunteers and inspire those who contribute to local hockey.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Those who work directly on-ice or oversee goaltending in your association ie. Development Directors, Goalie Instructors, Goalie Parents

FEE: Covered by Hockey Alberta


Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce its six Regional Goaltending Leads, as part of the Provincial Goaltender Development Plan.

The Goaltending Leads are strategically located around the province, and will work as part of Hockey Alberta’s Regional Centre network. Each Regional Goalie Lead will provide leadership and support to minor hockey associations and Regional Centre Consultants in implementing Hockey Alberta’s Goaltending Development Plan throughout their region.

These goaltending consultants are available to be used by Minor Hockey Associations and teams to aid in the development of their goaltender from grassroots to Elite level. Our regional Goaltender Consultants can help provide you with:

  • Instructional Stream: Goaltending Training for Coaches
  • Try Goalie Events
  • MHA Goalie Nights
  • Training to MHA/Team Goaltender Coaches
  • Practice Integration Skills; Good Habits to including goalies in practices
  • Support for Teams, Coaches, Goalies and Parents

For more information, please contact the appropriate Regional Centre.

Mitch Paradis

Northwest (Grande Prairie)

Goaltender Coach, Grande Prairie Jr. A Storm

Dwayne Keichenger

Northeast (Lloydminster)

Goaltending Consultant, Eli Wilson Goaltending

Ian Gordon


Goaltender Consultant & Owner of Ian Gordan Goaltending

Kraymer Barnstable

Central (Red Deer)

Goaltender Consultant & Owner of Stable in the Net

Derek Purfield


Senior Goaltender Consultant, World Pro Goaltending

Tyson Verhelst

South (Lethbridge)

Goaltending Consultant, Pro Goal Development

For more information, please contact Matt Weninger, Manager, Regional Centre South.

The focus of all Hockey Alberta Goaltender Skills Camps is the development of goaltender specific skills, and each goalie will attend on-ice and off-ice sessions that focus on the mental and physical aspects of goaltending. On-ice sessions will be led by some of Alberta’s top goaltender instructors and will have a low instructor to goalie ratio.

Age eligibility may vary by camp, so please check the detailed information that is included with the camp registration information. Every attempt is made to group players based on age and ability.

Goaltender Skills Camps, as well as a number of other specialized player development camps, are held at various locations throughout Alberta.

See below to view available Goaltender Skills Camps.

2019 Goalie Skills Camp - SouthApr 27$375

2019 Goaltender Skills Camp South

April 27-28, 2019 / Vivo Arena - Calgary

A weekend long development camp open for ALL goaltenders (male & female) born between the years of 2004-2011. Athlete to Instructor ratio is 3:1.

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2019 Hockey Alberta Male Elite Goalie Camp (Application)Jun 15

2019 Hockey Alberta Male Elite Goalie Camp (Application)

June 15-16, 2019 / Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre

This two-day camp is geared towards elite level Bantam AAA and first-year Midget goaltenders. Hockey Alberta Elite Goaltender camp will boost a 3:1 goaltender to instructor ratio to provide each goalie with maximum development.

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2019 Female Elite Goalie Camp (Application)Jun 22

2019 Female Elite Goalie Camp (Application)

June 22-23, 2019 / Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre

This two-day camp will feature four on ice session and four off ice session geared toward elite goaltenders and focus on techniques, tactics and how to excel at the next level.

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