Bobcats On The Hunt

 
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The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team picked up its third consecutive win to open the season Friday night as the Bobcats shut out the No. 18 Boston College Eagles 1-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,625 in the Frank Perrotti Jr. Arena at the People's United Center in Hamden.

Sophomore goaltender Keith Petruzzelli is off to an impressive start: 3-0-0, 1.34 GAA and a .931 save percentage. Keith is a 3rd round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings. 

Pro Crease Goaltending Owner, Jared Waimon, is entering his 5th year as the Goaltending Coach at Quinnipiac University.

Congratulations Keith!

Welcome Sign Pro!

 
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Pro Crease Goaltending is proud to announce that Sign Pro, located in nearby Plantsville, CT, has become our newest corporate partner. A worldwide provider of signs for over 25 years, we're excited to report that Sign Pro has recently entered the goalie mask decoration business (see sample below). As more and more goalies look to personalize their masks, the high cost and time associated with painting and/or other finishing can often be difficult to overcome. Instead, Sign Pro's graphics department will work with Pro Crease clients to design their exclusive mask and then utilize a 3M graphic wrap to affix to the helmet. The result, as per the photos below, is a beautiful, customized mask with the look and feel of paint minus the cost and time involvement. 

Several benefits of this process include not only time and cost but also the ability to change-out mask designs without having to purchase a new helmet.

Pro Crease Goaltending owner/founder Jared Waimon says "We are very often approached by students seeking how and/or where to get their masks decorated. Sign Pro's customization process is cost-effective and looks fantastic. We're confident their commitment to outstanding customer service and product expertise is on par with that of our own."

"Sign Pro is proud to partner with Pro Crease." Says Pete Rappoccio, Owner/Sign Pro. "Innovation is a major part of Sign Pro's belief system. If you are not cutting edge, you are behind the curve. Pro Crease shares the same values. For this reason, the Sign Pro and Pro Crease brands are a complementary match."

 
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An Exciting New Website & Community

 

EDUCATION | COLLABORATION | CONNECTION | DISCOVERY

 
 
 

Pro Crease Goaltending Owner, Jared Waimon, is proud to be a part of a select group of hockey professionals launching The Hockey Think Tank, a new community of education, collaboration, connection and discovery. Jared joins Topher Scott, a team culture specialist and former Division I Assistant at Cornell University; Brian Keane, the founder of Prodigy Hockey, based in Chicago, IL and Brandon Naurato, Player Development Consultant for the Detroit Red Wings and Director of Player Development at the Total Package Hockey Center of Excellence in Detroit. 

The goal of The Hockey Think Tank is to provide a platform for connecting people that are passionate about the game of hockey.  Through content and events, both expert and member driven, we will provide a unique opportunity for dedicated coaches, players, and parents to gain and share hockey knowledge.

The game of hockey has given all of us involved with The Think Tank so much.  In turn, this site is our way of giving back to the game.  That is why our membership is FREE.  While we will offer our members paid premium content, our main focus is on giving all those in the hockey community the opportunity to better themselves and help to grow the game.

Become a member TODAY and gain access to our expert Teaching Videos, Drill Club, Blogs, and other exciting content.  Welcome to The Hockey Think Tank Community!

To Visit Please, Click Here!

Pro Crease Launches New Video!

 
 
 

Pro Crease Goaltending is excited to announce that our first-ever company video is ready to be seen!

We're confident the video will further establish our credibility and stature in the goaltending instruction marketplace and enhance our coaching and camper recruiting as well as other business partnerships. Thanks to our sponsor, Reel Sports Productions, for a great job in producing this brief but impactful video!

Please watch the video above or click here.

Thanks for making Pro Crease your choice for premier goaltending instruction and development!

 

Pro Crease Goaltending Welcomes Mackenzie Bruch!

 
 

Pro Crease Goaltending is very excited to announce our newest staff member, Mackenzie Bruch. Mackenzie comes to us all the way from Minnesota demonstrating once again that Pro Crease Goaltending is quickly becoming a destination of choice for America's top goaltending coaches.

Prior to joining our staff, Mackenzie was the Graduate Assistant Coach for the Bemidji State University Women's Team, a NCAA Division 1 team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In addition to earning a Master's Degree in Business Administration, her coaching accolades are impressive as well and include having coached the USA Hockey Girl's National 15 Camp as well and the Minnesota High Performance 15 Camp. Mackenzie was a stand-out goaltender at Bemidji State University and at Culver Academy prior to pursuing coaching.

 Mackenzie will work with all of our organizations and host private lessons 

Welcome Mackenzie!

 

Knight & Petruzzelli Represent USA Hockey!

 
 

Congratulations to Pro Crease Goaltending students Spencer Knight and Keith Petruzzelli on their invitation and recent performance at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase ("WJSS") in Kamploops, British Columbia. 

The WJSS provides the opportunity for a country's top U20 players to compete against each other. This year's week-long camp featured 11 international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States. 

Many of these players will be chosen by their respective countries to compete in this year's World Junior Championship which will take place at Christmas time in British Columbia. 

This year's USA Hockey's goaltending coach is Pro Crease Goaltending Elite Week Coach David Lassonde from Dartmouth University. Coach Lassonde won a Gold medal in this event back in 2013. 

Newington Evening Camp Success!

 
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We would like to thank all of our amazing campers from our Newington Evening Camp that concluded this past Thursday. Every day was more fun and exciting then the next. Throughout the camp there was a huge emphasis  on puck handling, lateral release and making great glove and blocker saves!

Dr. Jason Emery gave two talks that greatly resonated with our goalies. He is a tremendous asset to our culture and camps. We look forward to our remaining 2018 summer camps. If you have not yet enrolled, we have 3 spots avaiable in our Avon Old Farms Evening Camp running August 13 - 16th.

 

Laurentino Makes a Statement!

 
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Pro Crease Goaltending goaltender, Quinten Laurentino recently attended tryout camp for the N.A.H.L.'s latest expansion team, the Maryland Black Bears. "Q" was the only 2002 birth year goaltender to be invited to the camp. After competing against 15 other goaltenders as much as 4 years older than himself Q earned an invite to the team's upcoming final tryout camp. 

Quinten is a Pro Crease Goaltending veteran of a number of different camps and clinics. He has played for the L.I. Royals for 4+ years. We are very proud of his recent success. 

CONGRATULATIONS QUINTEN!

Caliguri & Busky Head to Buffalo!

 
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Congratulations to two of our Women's goaltenders, Grace Caliguri and Amanda Busky, on advancing from the New England District tryout to their respective birth year USA Hockey Select Women's Festivals in Buffalo, NY. 

Grace will be competing in the Select 15 Festival this summer. Currently, Grace plays at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Grace has trained with Pro Crease Goaltending for over six years. 

Amanda Busky will have the opportunity to play with her fellow 2002 birth year players at the Select 16 Festival. Amanda an Ellington, CT native currently plays at the Westminster School. Pro Crease Goaltending has worked with the Westminster School for 10 years!

Both Grace and Amanda were participants in the Inaugural Women's Camp. This year's Women's Camp will take place June 25th - 28th at the Newington Arena. Only 5 spots remain for this camp. Each goaltender will enjoy coaching from the best women's staff available including: Tara Connolly (RPI), Mike Mammone (Trinity), Amanda Mazzotta (Quinnipiac), Edith Racine (Cornell) Allison Quandt-Westgate (Lowell) and Mental Performance Coaching by Dr. Jason Emery. 

Gnan Does it All!

 
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Pro Crease Goaltending is very excited to announce that Air Force Academy's John Gnan was named an Americn College Hockey Association (ACHA) 2nd Team All American. John finished the season with an astounding 17-2-2 record!

John commitment to his game is only second to his academic prowess and his commitment to our country. John serves on the Academy's Honor Committee and in that capacity oversees honor cases for 1,000 Air Force cadets. This fall he will ascend to C1C - Group Honor Officer.

Air Force's ACHA team plays a highly competitive schedule against the likes of the University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming and the University of Denver. The ACHA provides a competitive path for hockey players to continue playing through college while not compromising  academic and career goals. Pro Crease Goaltending is proud of all our ACHA goaltenders. They are all playing college hockey with passion and a continued desire to compete, excel and achieve.

We salute you John and feel fortunate to call you one of our own!

RAVENS LAND CARMAN!

 
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In 2009, Pro Crease Goaltending Owner Jared Waimon began working with all the goaltenders in a brand new organization in Wilkes Barre, PA. While coaching, Jared connected with Adam Carman who at that time was a Pee Wee. Adam was being unfairly sat for multiple games at a time so the team manager's son could play over and over again (at the Pee Wee level there is no need for a starter - back up thought process). Adam, at 12, just wanted to compete and be a contributor to his peer group. Devastated with how the season had gone, Adam was on the verge of quitting. However, his amazing parents - Russ, a town public's works employee and Sue, a self - employed nail technician - kept his spirits up and Adam continued to play youth hockey.

As the years progressed so did Adam. Even though he is an undersized goalie at 5'9", Adam earned a spot on his local junior team and even received Goaltender of the Year honors in 2014-15. Since then, Adam has been playing with the Middlesex Bears which is a hockey/prep school in Massachusetts. All the while, Adam and his mother have been helping his father recuperate from a stroke and series of health related aliments. Despite all the adversity, Adam endured and we are very excited to announce he has earned a commitment to Franklin Pierce University. "Pierce" competes in the NE-10 against schools including St. Anselm College and St. Michael's College. Adam, with the support of his parents, never complained nor ever thought about what "other" goalies were doing. He just worked hard, enjoyed being on the ice and overcame setbacks, both on and off the ice, to achieve this extraordinary honor.

CONGRATULATIONS ADAM!

Creel Answers The Bell!

 
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Congratulations to Pro Crease Goaltender Tanner Creel and the University of Connecticut Men's Hockey Team on their recent 3 game winning streak. With victories over top ranked Providence College and a pair of wins over the University of New Hampshire, the Huskies have greatly improved their playoff positioning. 

What makes this story amazing, is senior goaltender Tanner Creel who has won all three games, hadn't played since February of 2016. After starting goaltender Adam Huska injured his arm, Tanner answered the bell with an amazing 26 save performance over Providence. Pro Crease Goaltending Coaching Director Matthew Michno is in his first season with the Huskies as their Goaltending Coach after having spent two season in a similar capacity with Brown University. 

Rossman to Assist with Wesleyan!

 
 

Congratulations to Pro Crease Goaltending Coach Sydney Rossman on joining the Women's Coaching Staff at Wesleyan University. Sydney will be joining a Wesleyan team that is on the rise with top goaltender and Pro Crease Goaltending Women's Camp attendee Allegra Grant (Grant was a NESCAC Player of the Week last season).

Sydney's work with Pro Crease Goaltending will remain unaffected as she will continue to be available for lessons at H3 in Hamden as well as working with a number of youth hockey organizations throughout Connecticut. 

Pro Crease Goaltending is very excited to have yet another coach be sought after and join a prestigious collegiate program.

ACHA Goaltenders Shining Across the Country!

 
 

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) provides an excellent opportunity for high caliber players to continue to play competitively while seeking the best possible education in college. There are DI, II & III levels in the ACHA with a total of 400 different teams playing across the country.  

A number of Pro Crease Goaltending Goalies are having excellent ACHA seasons.  Ben Famigletti, a freshman at Providence College (D2), has a 1-0-1 record having beaten the University of Maine and tied Holy Cross. Eric Parker, a sophomore at Syracuse University (D1), is 3-0-0 and recently knocked off 9th ranked Stony Brook University with a shutout! Zach Hoffman, a sophomore at the University of Tampa (D3), is currently 5-2-0 and has a .908 save percentage.

Finally, John Gnan who is a cadet at the Air Force Academy, is 9-2-0 and ranked 4th in D3.

We are very proud of all our ACHA goaltenders and their commitment to both their education and continued passion for the game!   

RED WINGS PROSPECT PETRUZZELLI ADJUSTING TO NCAA HOCKEY

 
 
 
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Moving up to the next highest level in any sport is a tough adjustment for any athlete. For hockey goaltenders, the task is even more daunting. The speed of the players increases an incredible amount at each step.

Detroit Red Wings draft pick Keith Petruzzelli has been making these adjustments look easy for the last few years, jumping from high school hockey, to a U18 academy, to the USHL, and now to NCAA division I in only four years. "It was a big jump going from U18 hockey to the USHL,"

Petruzzelli told InGoal Magazine in a recent interview. "The depth on each team is a lot stronger. Everyone can shoot and everyone can make plays. Getting used to the pace and speed of things was tough at the beginning, but I thought I adjusted well."

Specifically, Petruzzelli felt that even with his 6-foot-5 frame - managing his depth was the biggest key. "I had to push myself with my depth management. I knew in U18 I could just sit back and rely on my size because most players would just hit me with their shots. In the USHL I always had to have my toes at the top of the crease, which really pushed my skating ability."

The adjustment from U18 to USHL may pale in comparison to his next challenge: NCAA Division I hockey with the Quinnipiac Bobcats.

As the game speeds-up around you at higher levels, most goaltenders have the habit of sliding around their crease more frequently. Mentally, it feels like there isn't enough time to get set for a shot.

The problem with sliding more frequently is that if the puck goes back in the other direction, the goaltender has to load their leg in order to push back. Goalies are now taught to stay on their feet as long as they can, because this allows them to have access to edges on both of their skates.

This can be a real test for goaltenders that do not have excellent skating ability, and that's something Petruzzelli would like to work on. "If you beat the pass on your feet, you're able to get set early," Petruzzelli explained. "It gives you confidence because you aren't moving. If I'm already in position and square, I have a much better chance of making the save than if I was moving into the shot."

"I want to continue working on my skating. Being set makes such a huge difference for me, with my size. If I can continue working on my skating, getting more explosive, and faster, I think that would be a huge thing for me."

The knowledge and understanding of the position is something that bodes well for Petruzzelli's future. His continued work with Quinnipiac goaltending coach Jared Waimon will ensure that he doesn't fall into the trap of being down early on passing plays against some very tough NCAA division I opponents.

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2017 SUMMER CAMP SURVEY RESULTS

 
 

We are very excited to share the results of our annual summer camp survey. To begin, we were thrilled that the response rate for this past summer's survey increased 33% from 2016.

  • 90% felt this summer's camps were superior compared to prior Pro Crease summer camps
  • 99% felt the ratio of coaches to students worked well
  • 98% felt the caliber of coaching was excellent
  • 94% felt the cost of the camp was very fair
  • Most rewarding was that 100% of the respondents said they would recommend PCG summer camps to others and 99% said they planned to return to a PCG summer camp in 2018. 

 

A SAMPLING OF PARENT COMMENTS

"The overall experience was awesome.  Our son said it was the best camp he's ever attended.  As a young high school goalie it was very beneficial for him to see other goalies at the very highest levels, including professional goalies, putting in their work/training and doing the same drills he was doing as well as receiving the same training.  I would have some of the professional goalies that attend the camp come out in pads during the on ice instruction of the younger goalies and demonstrate some of the techniques being taught by the instructors."

- John Lewis - West Hartford, CT

"Would love to see a progression chart from previous camps as well as a report card for strengths and weaknesses as well as be able to have more communication from the instructors at drop off and pick up."

- Brendan McCollam - Newtown, CT

"My son is the goalie he is because of PCG. The caliber of coaching is superior to any other program."

- William McDougall - Wethersfield, CT

"It was a wonderful and cost-efficient camp. It was a wealth of knowledge and gave my daughter a lot of different views to see what works best for her."

- Eric Burlingame - Ithaca, NY

"Hands-down this was the best money I have spent on anything hockey-related for my kids. Loved the format, ratios, attitude, and approach. Will certainly do again."

- Isaac Doty - Newington, CT

"Very happy with overall drills and techniques that are implemented with the young goaltenders. I love that drills are kept simple, but the kids are always engaged."

- Trace Therrien - Meriden, CT

"This camp is the highlight of my son's summer, with two ice sessions daily, he gets to practice skills that are taught to him and further get reinforced by the hands-on coaching staff.  The coaches and staff all seem to know the goalies and have a good rapport with them making it a fun and enjoyable atmosphere." 

- Rachel Rosado - Raleigh, NC

"Excellent camp, great instructors, son walked out with many new skills and greater level of confidence which has carried over into regular season."

- Graeme Fattetdad - Greenwich, CT

"The summer all-girls camp was awesome and Morgan will definitely do it again if it's offered."

- Michelle Dall - Greenwich, CT

Our thanks again to all those who responded. We will review all comments and, where practical, integrate suggestions and those comments into our teaching and training protocols. 

Iles Reaching Riding High With Flyers

 
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Pro Crease Goaltender and Summer Camp Coach Andy Iles is off to a superb start with his new team the Fife Flyers of the E.I.H.L. (formerly the English Super League). Fife is in Scotland and plays against the likes of the Belfast Giants, Cardiff Devils and Nottingham Panthers. Retired Pro Crease Goaltender Kevin Regan also spent 2 seasons playing in Fife prior to moving his family back to Connecticut.

Through five games Andy has a 1.61 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. Prior to making the move to Europe, Andy played in the E.C.H.L. and A.H.L. he has also represented USA Hockey at a number of international events including the World Junior Championship where he won a Bronze Medal in 2011. 

ELECTION DAY MINI CAMP VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CANDIDATE...YOU!

 
 

The 2017 Election Day Mini-Camp on November 7th at Avon Old Farms School will be the first camp where students will elect the on-ice drills and video sessions they want to work on. From breakaways to penalty kill, lateral rushes to plays around the net, each student will have the opportunity to focus on their own choices. 
 
The camp will include nearly two and half hours of on-ice time in an amazing 2:1 goaltender to coach ratio and two unique video sessions. There will also be a special talk by Sports & Performance Psychologist & Coach Dr. Jason Emery who is one of the top sports psychologists in Connecticut and has now fully turned his practice to working with athletes, specifically hockey players, to reach their optimal performance zone.

Proudly Serving Connecticut's Premier Collegiate Programs

 
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The upcoming season marks another season of firsts for Pro Crease Goaltending as Founder Jared Waimon continues in his role as Assistant Coach at Quinnipiac while Head Instructor Matt Michno joins UCONN as their goaltending coach as the Huskies enter their third season in Hockey East. Michno will keep busy with sophomore Adam Huska who was selected by the New York Rangers in the 2015 draft while Waimon will lead the effort on behalf of sophomore Andrew Shortridge and freshman Keith Petruzelli who was a 2017 draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings. Also joining the collegiate coaching ranks is senior instructor Scott Munroe who was named assistant coach at Trinity College (Trinity is the premier team in Division III having been NESCAC champions the past twoconsecutive seasons and playing in the DIII National Championship in 2015 and 2017). Scott has either coached or played at every top professional level including the NHL, AHL and KHL.

Pro Crease's elite staff enable Waimon, Michno and Munroe to continue in their roles at Pro Crease while also taking on these prestigious DI and DIII positions. "With the exception of occasionally joining the team on the road, the collegiate practice schedule does not conflict with our coaching and leadership roles at Pro Crease," says Waimon. Coaching and the exposure that comes from being at these elite schools also enables Pro Crease to implement the latest techniques and strategies into their student-directed programs.