Shortridge and Huska Shine!

 
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Pro Crease alumni and NHL prospects Andrew Shortridge and Adam Huska recently wrapped up their first NHL Rookie Tournaments.

Shortridge signed with the San Jose Sharks after an All American season at Quinnipiac University while Adam Huska joined the New York Rangers after being drafted by them in 2015 and then spending three years at the University of Connecticut.

Shortridge's tournament was highlighted by a 45 save win over the Arizona Coyotes. Adam Huska and the New York Rangers won 5-3 over the St. Louis Blues in their last game of the Traverse City NHL Rookie Tournament.

Waimon Hired by Tampa Bay Lightning

 
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Pro Crease Goaltending is excited to announce that Owner and Founder Jared Waimon has been hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning as their Goaltending Scout. Jared is extremely excited about the opportunity to work in the NHL and continue to help move Pro Crease Goaltending forward by expanding his knowledge of the position to a global level.

"I am very humbled and honored to have been hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is an exciting time for myself and the entire Pro Crease Goaltending family."

Pro Crease Director of Coaching Matthew Michno and Head Coach / Director of Women's Goaltending Mackenzie Bruch and Mike Mammone, Director of Pro Crease Goaltending Fairfield County will continue their amazing work this season.

Steel Selects Shane!

 
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A special congratulations to Pro Crease Goaltender Ian Shane on being drafted by the Chicago Steel of the USHL in the USHL's Phase II draft.

Ian just completed his junior season at the Westminster School where he was an All Conference Selection. In 26 games played, Ian posted a .937 save percentage and a 1.86 goals against average.

The Chicago Steel are coming off a banner season having made it all the way to the league finals before falling to the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Steel are lead by their General Manager Ryan Hardy. Ryan is a Connecticut native who has spoken and coached at a number of Pro Crease Goaltending events over the years.


To visit the Chicago Steel website click here.

Garteig's Growlers are Rolling!

 
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Michael Garteig and the Newfoundland Growlers are currently in the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and hold a 3 game to 2 advantage over the Manchester Monarchs. 

Garteig and the Growlers defeated the Brampton Beast in the first round over 6 games. Through 10 playoff games, Garteig boasts a 7-4-0 record with a 2.54 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. 

The Newfoundland Growlers are the ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to playing in the Toronto Maple Leaf organization, Garteig was signed by the Vancouver Canucks after a banner career at Quinnipiac University where he worked with Pro Crease Goaltending Owner, Jared Waimon. 

To get all current the Growler news, visit their homepage by clicking here. 

Shortridge Makes His First Professional Start!

 
 

After signing his first professional contract after a record breaking junior season at Quinnipiac University, Andrew Shortridge made his debut on April 13th for the San Jose Barracuda, the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate. 

Andrew made a series of fantastic saves and kept the routine saves routine. In all, he made 33 saves on 36 shots. Although the Barracuda fell to the Colorado Eagles 3-2, Andrew demonstrated that both his poise and style of play will translate well to one of the highest levels of hockey in the world. 

Additional news from Andrew's past season at Quinnipiac include his having led the country in save percentage (.940%) and goals against average (1.51). That goals against average is good for top 10 all-time in the NCAA! Both of those statistics are new Quinnipiac University records.   

To View the Full Press Release Click Here.

Another Pro Crease Client Begins His Professional Career

 
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Congratulations to Adam Huska on signing his first professional contract with the New York Rangers. Huska, a 2015 Rangers draft pick, signed a two year deal after a three year collegiate career at the University of Connecticut where he was coached by Pro Crease Goaltending Director of Coaching, Matthew Michno.  

On March 15th, Adam posted his first professional victory playing with the Rangers' AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack by defeating the Utica Comets 5-3; Adam made 25 saves in the win. 

For the full press release please click here.

Shortridge Wins the Ken Dryden Award!

 
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Congratulations to Pro Crease Goaltender Andrew Shortridge on winning the Ken Dryden Award as the ECAC's Top Goaltender! Andrew is currently a junior at Quinnipiac University where he is coached by Pro Crease Goaltending's Owner and Founder Jared Waimon. 

Shortridge paced not only the ECAC, but the nation in both goals-against average (1.51) and save percentage (.941) in 2018-'19. He also ranked in the Top10 in winning percentage, going 17-6-2 for the Bobcats (.720) during the regular season. 

Andrew is also a semi-finalist for the Mike Richter Award. The Richter award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate goaltender as voted by various members of the media, NCAA coaches and administrators. 

 
 

Prep School Prowess

 
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2019 was an amazing season for Pro Crease Goaltenders playing at the prep school level. Ian Shane (Westminster School), Thomas Gale (Deerfield Academy) and Henry Wilder (Hotchkiss School) were named to the All NEPSAC - West Team as the top goaltenders. 

This is a tremendous feat for those goaltenders and each worked individually with a different Pro Crease Goaltending Coach. Ian worked each week with Jared Waimon, Thomas was seen by Shenae Lundberg (a Deerfield alumni) and Mackenzie Bruch worked with Henry all season at Hotchkiss. 

Alex Aslanidis (Avon Old Farms), Ian Shane and Evan Ruschil (Trinity Pawling School) were named to the All Founder's League Team. Evan is a regular particpant in our Frozen 72 and Elite Week summer camps. Next season, Evan will enroll at Williams College, a top academic and athletics school in the ultra competitive NESCAC. 

Congratulations to all of our prep school goaltenders!

GIRL'S FIGURE SKATING LOSES ITS EDGE TO HOCKEY

 
 
 

The Wall Street Journal reports that girl's hockey is on a significant growth curve with participation up 25% from five years ago and doubled since 2000. "The popularity of girls hockey has taken off and I think a lot of that has to do with role modeling that emanates from girl's Olympic success and even the recent participation of Kendall Coyne at this year's NHL All Star game who competed in the fastest skater event" (the first woman to do so) says Scott Hamilton, 1984 Olympic figure skating champion.

At Pro Crease Goaltending, we've noticed the same growth curve which is the reason we created a women's only camp three years ago and this year, in addition to the women's day camp, we're offering a three-day women's overnight camp. "Women are looking for the same level of coaching as men and we've been able to bring in elite women's coaches from top collegiate programs" says Jared Waimon, Owner/Founder Pro Crease Goaltending.

Check out our 2019 women's camp schedule below or on our website. For the complete Wall Street Journal article, press here.

 

Vomacka Hitting his Stride!

 
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Pro Crease Goaltender Tomas Vomacka, a freshman at the University of Connecticut, has been heating up over the past month highlighted by a 29 save 5-0 shutout by the Huskies over Merrimack College on February 9th. The following Friday in a thriller that went to overtime UCONN defeated offensive juggernaut Boston University 3-2. 

Pro Crease Goaltending Director of Coaching, Matthew Michno, has been the Goaltending Coach for the University of Connecticut for the past two seasons. Matthew works daily with both Tomas, a Nashville Predators draft pick in 2017, and Adam Huska a 2015 New York Rangers draft pick. 

Keep up the good work Tomas and Matt!

 

Stone to Represent Team USA!

 
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A huge congratulations to long time Pro Crease Women's Goaltender, Hannah Stone on being named to USA Hockey's 2019 U.S. Women's National University Team! Hannah along with 21 other players will compete in the 2019 Winter World University Games from March 1-9th in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Hannah both grew up and played her youth hockey in Connecticut prior to attending the Westminster School where she continued to train with Pro Crease Goaltending. Hannah is an original attendee of the Pro Crease Women's Summer Camp and a tremendous influence on her fellow teammates and women goaltenders.

Pro Crease Goaltending is running two Women's Camp this summer! For more details click here.

To see the full press release, click here

"Goaltending, weaponized: How the next generation of goalies is ready to dominate"

 
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Pro Crease Goaltending was recently featured in The Athletic, a subscription-based sports news website that provides national and local coverage of professional and college sports. The author, Boston Bruins' beat writer Fluto Shinzawa, provided a unique perspective to the article: he attended a Pro Crease training session on skates!

With an emphasis on how today's emerging goaltenders are being trained, the article features Pro Crease owner/founder Jared Waimon, director of instruction Matt Michno, AHL veteran Scott Munroe and sports psychologist Jason Emery. See the following excerpts; the entire article is available via the link below.

  • "A warning to shooters: You are in trouble: The next wave of goalies is approaching. They are equipped with tools granted to no other generation"

  • Meanwhile, NHL teams are learning that sky-scraping size is no longer a priority. Shorter goalies once bypassed without a second thought are now given proper consideration. The result: a deeper pool of smart, technical, athletic and confident goalies.

  • It's why goalie coaches like Waimon have turned their teaching manuals upside down. Stay up, they say. Shuffle, don't slide. Think through the game instead of executing pre-programmed technique.

  • The psychologist's talk is about fortifying the muscle that is regularly under attack from bad goals, surging crowd noise, teammates' misplays and equipment malfunctions. The trick for every goalie is to maintain performance when things go sideways."It's not a trait you're born with. It's just not," Emery tells the students. "Anybody can develop this. It is a process.

For the full article please, click here

Three Pro Crease Goaltenders Make NHL Scouting Rankings' Top 20!

 
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The N.H.L.'s Mid Term Central Scouting rankings were released last week and three Pro Crease Goaltenders found themselves on the North American Top 20 list.

Spencer Knight, who currently plays with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, is ranked #1. Spencer is a Darien, CT native who previously played for Avon Old Farms Prep School, Mid Fairfield Youth Hockey and Darien Youth Hockey. Spencer has trained exclusively with Pro Crease Goaltending since he began playing the position. 

Henry Wilder, who is having a remarkable season at the Hotchkiss School, is ranked #14. Henry has been working exclusively with Pro Crease Goaltending Coach Mackenzie Bruch while at Hotchkiss. Henry has shown tremendous dedication to his game and trust in Mackenzie!

Alex Aslanidis, current Avon Old Farms goaltender, is ranked #20. Hailing from Moorestown, NJ, Alex began working with Pro Crease Goaltending Owner Jared Waimon after Jared saw Alex at a USA Hockey tryout as a first year Bantam. 

For the full rankings, click here

Congratulations Spencer, Henry and Alex!

 

Demko Joins Canucks!

 
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Congratulations to Thatcher Demko on his recent call-up to the NHL! Thatcher is currently rostered with the Vancouver Canucks, the team that originally drafted him 36th overall in 2014. 

Thatcher is a graduate of Boston College and also an alumnus of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.. Thatcher began training each summer with Pro Crease Goaltending Owner Jared Waimon three years ago. He is a regular attendee of the Pro Crease Goaltending Elite Week Summer Camp held at Quinnipiac University each July. 

Congratulations Thatcher! 

Good Luck to All Our Prep School Goalies!

 
 

Being located in New England, Pro Crease Goaltending has a number of goalies playing at numerous prep schools. The prep school level provides an amazing opportunity to pursue both academic and athletic excellence! A special congratulations to a few Pro Crease Goaltenders who made Varsity in their first year at prep school showing that the Pro Crease Goaltending practice works!

  • Lucas Brown - Phillips Andover

  • Nick Haas - Salisbury School

  • Conner Halsey - Northfield Mount Hermon

  • Jake Inzirillo - Brooks School

  • Bennett Ostern - Westminster School

Pro Crease Goaltending is proud to a have special relationship with these schools by providing in-season instruction for their goaltenders. 

 
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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!