Instructional Hockey Programs for Goalies
Goaltending is one of the most difficult and important positions on the ice. StinkySocks Hockey provides goaltenders with weekly skill sessions and goalie camps to work on improving your game, adding new skills, and sharpening the skills that you already have. Movement, positioning, puck handling, rebound control, angles, various save types and the mental side of the game are all addressed within the context of your dominant style (stand-up, butterfly or hybrid).
Individual Goalie Instructional Sessions
StinkySocks Hockey Goalie Instructional Sessions allow goalies to choose individual sessions. These are small group goalie sessions (no more than 4 goalies) with an instructor designed to work specifically on goalie skills.
Our main focus is to develop any age and range of talent into a better, more accomplished goaltender. Through results driven training and years of proven techniques and coaching methods, we focus on making sure every goaltender leaves the ice better then when they came on. Sessions will focus on: skills, stamina, reaction time, quickness, mental toughness, and game situations. Teaching the technical side of goaltending is not enough, we make it our priority to educate goalies on how to compete and win under pressure situations.
Before our goaltending sessions, we start by encouraging you to discuss your background, specific style, recent play, and goals to help us assess your strengths/weaknesses and identify the parts of your game that need the most work. You will learn and incorporate these skills right away by facing shooters in drills developed from game situations. Towards the end of each session, we will finish by working on small game/tight area situations to practice the individual skills worked on at that day’s session.
Finally, after each session, we will review the day’s session to provide the coaching and feedback you need on your particular game. We also encourage you to let us how you perform during the week in your games/practices so we can structure future sessions around areas that you may want to work on a bit more.
StinkySocks Hockey Goalie Camps and Clinics are a series of sessions that allow goalies to improve their game in a structured course environment.
Brion O’Connor, “The Goalie Guru,” has been a goaltending coach for the past 12 years, and is currently a staff member of Brian Daccord’s Stop It Goaltending. He is also a senior staff member of Bertagna Goaltending, where he has taught for the past eight years. He has worked with NHL, minor pro, D-I and D-III collegiate players, as well as goaltenders throughout the elite, prep school and public school ranks, and in youth hockey. His column, The Goalie Guru, can be found every month in the New England Hockey Journal and the New York Hockey Journal. Brion has played the position for 40 years, and continues to play in several senior leagues throughout the Greater Boston area. He served as an assistant coach with Endicott College in Beverly for two years, and with the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Generals for two years. He is currently a coach and board member with the Agawam Youth Hockey organization, and helps coach a number of local programs on Boston’s North Shore. A writer by trade, Brion has also authored numerous articles on the topic of goaltending, many of which can be found on his web site, www.thegoalieguru.com.
Bob Houston has over 25 years experience coaching all ages and skill levels, including NHL Players Ricky Dipietro and Freddy Meyer. He has coached many successful teams, including North Andover High, Central Catholic, Pingree, Matignon, Metro and MASS Select Teams, and the 1994 USA Hockey National PeeWee Hockey Championship Team. He is a member of MASS/USA Hockey Coaching, Satellite & National Development Staff and was on the Board of Directors and Director of Coaches for North Andover Youth Hockey. He has worked with coaches and players such as Doug Keans (Former Boston Bruins Goaltender) Mike Geragosian (UMASS Lowell All American / Boston University Goalie Coach), Joe Bertagna (Former Boston Bruins Goaltending Coach and Olympic Coach / Hockey East Commissioner / Bertagna Goaltending), Ed Kesell (MA/USA Hockey), Bill O.Neil (Salem State University Head Coach), Mike McShane (Norwich University) and Mike Morrison (University Of Maine / Edmunton).