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.

Read the entire article by clicking here

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. 

O'Brien Shinning with Rangers!

 
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Long time Pro Crease Goaltender, Conor O'Brien is off to an excellent start with the Connecticut Junior Rangers (NCDC). Conor swept a series against the Boston Bandits. So far Conor is 2-1-1 with a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage. 

Conor has demonstrated amazing perseverance this season. The past two season, Conor has had to overcome a number of different injuries. A native of Florida, Conor attended Northfield Mount Hermon Prep School and was a participant in the USA Hockey National Team Development Program tryout camp. 

Be on the look out for Conor as a guest coach at our Mini Camps this season. Our next Mini Camp will take place on Columbus Day, October 9th at the Westminster Prep School in Simsbury, CT. Two spots remain open in the Columbus Day Mini Camp. Click here to register. 

Michalek Shines in Minnesota Wild's 3-2 Shootout Victory!

 
 

This past Monday, long-time Pro Crease client Steve Michalek played the third period in the Minnesota Wild's pre-season game against the Winnipeg Jets. With the game tied 2-2 at the start of the third period, Steve proceeded to make 19 saves in the third period and overtime- above is one of those great saves! After a scoreless overtime, Steve made all three saves in the shootout helping the Wild defeat the Jets who had surrendered a goal in the shootout. 

To see the full video recap of the game a number of awesome saves please click here

Mini - Camps to Engage the Mental Side of the Position

 
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Dr. Jason Emery, Sports & Performance Psychology consultant will speak at each of the Pro Crease Goaltending Mini - Camps. 

Dr. Jason Emery, a Connecticut-based Licensed Clinical Psychologist, consults with local, regional and national athletes and sports organizations in the area of Sports & Performance Psychology. Dr. Emery also brings his lifelong hockey playing and coaching experience to help athletes, parents, and coaches maximize individual and team performance, while simultaneously attending to the well-being of each athlete, family, team and organization.  

Over the course of the mini-camp schedule, Dr. Emery will present on the foundational mental skills and performance enhancement techniques at developmentally appropriate levels.  Topics will include reinforcing the importance of the mental and emotional sides of the game, developing your "reset" button, creating individualized practice and performance goals, discovering "flow" and your optimal level of performance tension, teaching growth mindset strategies, practicing mind & body awareness and mindfulness, and introducing mental rehearsal and visualization skills.  Players will have an introductory understanding of empirically-validated skills and strategies they can practice and apply in order to increase their confidence and play at their best!  s

Dr. Emery is the founder of Northeast Psych. LLC. Follow Dr. Emery on Twitter by clicking below

 
 Dr. Jason Emery

Dr. Jason Emery

 

Michno Joins UConn Coaching Staff!

 
 

Congratulations to Pro Crease Goaltending's Director of Coaching Matthew Michno on being named the Goaltending Coach for the UConn Huskies! Matt's role with Pro Crease Goaltending will remain unchanged as he enters this new role with UConn. Matt will work daily with the New York Rangers 2015 draft pick, Adam Huska. 

As many of you know, Matt has an amazing ability to connect with students in order to help them reach their maximum potential. We are very excited to see the awesome job he will do with the Huskies! Last year Matt worked with the goaltenders at Brown University and previous to that he spent two seasons with Connecticut College. 

Congratulations Matt!

PRO CREASE COACH RECEIVES NHL OPPORTUNITY

Alex Westlund to become Associate Goaltending Coach for Washington Capitals' AHL affiliate Hershey Bears

 
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Alex Westlund, who has been associated with Pro Crease Goaltending since 2013, has accepted an associate coaching position with the Hershey Bears. In that capacity, he will work with the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, including the Capitals. "It's always bittersweet to lose a coach of Alex's caliber but as a personal friend and business associate I couldn't be happier for Alex" said Pro Crease owner Jared Waimon. Waimon went on to say that Westlund is a prime example of the elite level of coaching that Pro Crease students receive.

A graduate of Yale University, Westlund has extensive playing and coaching experience having played in over 750 professional games and coaching both in the U.S. as well as overseas. His resume also includes experience with USA Hockey, serving as the head goalie coach and evaluator for the New England District, being a member of the goalie evaluation group for the USA Hockey's Select 17 Festival, and participating in the prestigious Warren Strelow Camp the past two years. Westlund remains the all-time leader in games played (99) and saves (2,704) for Yale and while there received several prestigious honors NCAA 2nd Team All-American and winner of the Ken Dryden Award as the ECAC's Goaltender of the Year.

Good luck Alex!

Coach Connolly Becomes an Engineer!!!

 
 

Congratulations to our very own Tara Connolly on becoming the Assistant Coach for the Women's Division 1 team at Rensselear (RPI) in Tory, NY. The Engineers play in the highly competitive ECAC against formidable opponents including, Harvard, Clarkson & Quinnipiac. 

For the past three season Tara has been an assistant at Wesleyan College where she was responsible for practice plans and managed the forward lines, power play units and goaltending. Tara was also an intern goaltending coach for the USA Hockey U15 and U18 National Camp in July of 2015 and 2016. 

Engineers first-year coach said "We could not be more excited to welcome Tara to the RPI women's hockey family. She is a tireless recruiter, great teacher and even better person. Her ability to forge lasting relationships with student-athletes and help them develop to their full potential, on and off the ice, will be an asset to our program and we are excited to see the lasting impact she makes."

Tara has been with Pro Crease Goaltending since 2014 working with a variety of skill levels and age groups. "We are extremely excited to see Tara move on to the Division 1 ranks." said PCG's Jared Waimon. "We will miss her excellent coaching work during the season but look forward to having her back each summer for camp, especially our newly formed Women's Camp!

Tara's move to D1 adds to PCG's staff who coach at the D1 level including Matt Michno (Brown University), Ross MacKinnon (UConn) and Jared Waimon (Quinnipiac).

Pro Crease Coaches Continue to Develop

 
 

This past weekend Jared Waimon, along with Pro Crease Goaltending Professional Goaltender and summer camp Coach Steve Michalek, headed to Quebec City, Quebec to work and learn from Minnesota Wild Goaltending Development Coach Fredric Chabot. 

Over three days, Jared and Steve spent time working with goaltenders ranging in ages from 10 - 22 years old. Additionally, they spent time developing their respective crafts through video sessions with Coach Chabot. 

Prior to working for the Minnesota Wild, Coach Chabot was the Goaltending Coach for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. 

"It was a great and beneficial learning experience to see how goaltender's from a different part of the hockey world think about the position and train. Getting outside opinions are essential to continuing to grow as a player or a coach." - Jared Waimon

The Bobcat 16 Had Serious Star Power!

 
 

This past week sixteen Goaltenders participated in our Inaugural Bobcat 16 Camp in Hamden, CT. Each day's curriculum was designed with innovation and development in mind as the goaltenders participated in two video sessions and 90 minutes of on-ice training in a 2:1 player to coach setting. All on ice sessions featured a full staff of shooters comprised of Division I players from Quinnipiac University.

The campers enjoyed several surprise professional attendees/coaches including former Boston College net minder Thatcher Demko (above), who is currently under contract with the Vancouver Canucks and Steve Michalek (below) from Harvard University who is currently under contract with the Minnesota Wild. Both Demko and Michalek also went through their very own training sessions with Pro Crease Goaltender Owner Jared Waimon. 

 
 

Famigletti is a Friar!

 
 

We are exceptionally proud of all our students who pursue both their academic and athletic endeavors into the collegiate ranks. In addition to playing junior hockey, having a 3.8 GPA and being a National Honor's Society Member,  Ben Famigletti also headed up the Best Buddies Program at Rocky Hill High School. All of that effort has landed Ben at Providence College for the Fall of 2017 where he will play on the Friars ACHA Team.

Many of our younger students have had the opportunity to work with Ben throughout the season. He has been with Jared since he was 6 years old and is a phenomenal representative of PCG's culture and the benefit that comes with hard work and giving back to the community.