Pro Crease Goaltending's first-ever all women's camp was held last week and by all accounts was a tremendous success.
Thirty-five female goaltenders, from the high school and prep school level, gathered at the Newington Arena for four days of on and off-ice instruction from coaches representing the country's premier NCAA women's programs including Boston College Women's Goaltending Coach Alison Quandt, Cornell University Assistant Coach Edith Racine and Quinnipiac University Assistant Coach Amanda Mazzotta. In an exciting off-ice session, the campers heard about the excitement of scoring the first goal in a championship Olympic game from Gretchen Silverman who played on the 1998 Gold Medal U.S. Women's Olympic (Nagano) team and, in fact, scored the first goal in the 1998 Gold Medal game vs. Canada.
Parents and campers all seem to agree the camp was a great success. "Thanks for a great week" said Mimi van Wees regarding her 13-year-old daughter Truss who attends Ridgefield High School and plays for the Ridgefield Lions. "Truus really connected with the coaches and learned a lot. This was her first goalie camp and she really loved it and most importantly had fun!! Great job!"
"As the women's high school and collegiate programs get better and better, we really felt it was time to run a camp dedicated to only female goaltenders whether they play on all-girls teams or with boys" said PCG founder Jared Waimon. "It resulted in a great week of not only skill development and premier instruction but also a feeling of great camaraderie. This, our inaugural women's camp, is just the beginning of PCG's commitment to women's hockey."