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WHO WE ARE

MISSION STATEMENT

“The Goalie Guild is a nonprofit (501-c3) foundation that educates, inspires, and supports hockey goalies and goalie coaches across the seven seas. Through our annual scholarships, books, symposiums, and other creative projects, we advance and enhance the goaltending position by advocating holistic and proper development of the body, mind, and spirit (the Three Pillars of Elite Goaltending).”

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Goalie Guild supports the hockey community by offering educational scholarships to underprivileged goalies and goalie coaches. These scholarships are funded by our 501-c3 nonprofit foundation, sponsors, partners, and patrons just like you. Click here to apply for our annual training scholarships.

GOALTENDERS

Since 2009, we have been dedicated to supporting young goalies and top prospects worldwide. From NHL.com to USA Hockey to NetWork Goaltending, our founder has been a trusted resource in all levels and realms of goaltending. Our extensive network includes current pro players, coaches, scouts, trainers, and experts, allowing us to provide you with a plethora of resources to assist you on your goaltending journey.

GOALIE COACHES

We are equally passionate about educating and developing goalie coaches. Not only do we assist with the creation and implementation of new coaching education programs, but we also create coaching symposiums and scholarships in order to open doors for current and future goalie trainers and mentors.

GOALIE PARENTS

The only thing tougher than being a goalie is being the parent of one. We understand the frustrations and obstacles you face on a daily basis, so we are committed to supporting you in any way possible. A child’s development relies heavily on their upbringing and surroundings, and since there may be no greater influence than goalie Moms and Dads, we are here to help lead you in the right direction and push the right buttons with your child.

GOALIE ENTHUSIASTS

We strive to create opportunities for volunteers and fans to get involved in the world of goaltending. Through our social media outreach on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, we remain committed to sharing ideas, networking, and bringing people together for the greater good of the hockey community.

WHAT WE DO

CONSULTING

With nearly 10 years of consulting experience at various levels of pro and amateur hockey, The Goalie Guild is a great starting point for anyone seeking information on the position. We not only take the time to get to know you on a personal level, but we do so openly and freely. Instead of being charged a traditional hourly fee, you’re merely encouraged to make a donation to our foundation. We look forward to working with you and helping you accomplish your goalie development goals.

PAST AND CURRENT PARTNERS: USA Hockey GoaltendingColorado Amateur Hockey Association | NetWork Goaltending | GoaliePost | GoaliePro | Korn Camps | Elite Goalies | USNTDP | NHL.com | McKeen’s | DobberHockey | Colorado Avalanche

EDUCATING

The Goalie Guild is dedicated to educating the public through the research and study of proper age-specific goalie training, functional movement disciplines, and elite mental performance. As a nonprofit foundation, we work together with our partners and clients in order to develop athletes and successful individuals. We are constantly learning new information on the goaltending position and working hard to share that information with anyone and everyone.

DIRECTING

Since 2009, we have created and directed numerous events and programs aimed at connecting and strengthening the goalie community. From the NetWork Goaltending symposium to the Colorado Goalie Development Program to our original “Quest for the Crown” charity adult hockey tournament, we take great pride in the construction and participation of so many heart-warming and enriching events. While we are always open to new projects and ideas, we do believe in quality over quantity. That being said, please feel free to contact us at any time with your ideas, questions, or feedback!

OUR BOOKS

EMBRACING THE GRIND

A goaltender is an athlete on an island. Left alone with nothing but your thoughts in the blue crease, you must learn how to handle the pressure of being the last line of defense. You live in a world where you’re only as good as your last game, so if you don’t win, you don’t play. It’s that simple. In today’s NHL, there’s zero margin for error. Players are faster, shots are more accurate, and the game is more physical than ever before. In order to be successful at this level, no matter your size or style, you better be able to handle The Grind. Co-authored by Justin Goldman and Mike Valley, Embracing The Grind features candid, motivational discussions with 11 NHL goaltenders and goalie coaches. A continuation of The Power Within, this book aims to help you embrace the mental, emotional, and physical challenges that come with playing one of the toughest positions in sports.

THE POWER WITHIN

Goldman’s first book, which was co-authored with Dallas Stars director of goalie development Mike Valley, was a two-year collaboration project. Thanks to some incredibly candid interviews with pro goalies like Tomas Vokoun, Marty Turco, Brian Elliott, Niklas Backstrom, Richard Bachman, and many more, the book has helped thousands of goalies all over the world have a much better understanding of the path one must take to truly become an elite goalie. Using a simple visual representation of elite goaltending performance through the “Three Pillars” diagram, the book gives readers a chance to discover their own path to greatness. This book makes a great purchase to enhance your goalie camp or clinic, as well as a great tool for coaches that want to incorporate mental training into their programming.

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

Goldman’s second release is a lengthy reflection of a life-changing four month international goaltending development research expedition. Fascinated by the cultural and environmental differences between goalies in Europe and North America, Goldman brings you inside his learning experiences through exclusive interviews with some of the brightest and longest-tenured goalie coaches in the world. From Mitch Korn’s camp in Minnesota to Jukka Ropponen’s GoaliePro mentoring program in Helsinki to USA Hockey’s prestigious annual Warren Strelow camp, Goldman saw a little bit of everything in the summer of 2014. This book not only shares everything he learned, but also includes some unique research into key aspects of goalie development. Whether you’re a goalie parent, coach, or a student of the position, this book is a hefty tome for goalie enthusiasts everywhere!

CORE PRINCIPLES

THE “FIO” METHOD

Originally coined by Goldman in 2014, the “FIO” method stands for Figure It Out. Simply put, it is the study, application, and usage of observational coaching in the world of goalie training and development. Instead of always telling or commanding a student what to do and how to do it, you create an open-ended learning environment where the athlete is free to help mold lesson plans, try new things, make mistakes, and on their own accord, use problem-solving techniques to learn from those mistakes. By doing a little less teaching and a little more observing, you not only see what they do, but you better understand how they learn. This helps you to avoid over-coaching while also improving student-coach relationships, an athlete’s overall body awareness, maturity, and confidence.

CREATIVITY

At the root of goaltending lies a necessity for progress, change, and innovation. But far too often, players, coaches, teams, and organizations lack in the realm of Creativity. Due to the nature of the game, the importance of creativity in hockey stretches from a goalie’s training methods, decision-making skills, practice planning, and coaching philosophies, all the way up to an organization’s structure, core strategies, and more. Goaltenders live in a world where they must be able to constantly improve and evolve. As a result, we are committed to educating the goalie community on how to improve creativity skills for the sole purpose of idea fluency, overall development, and pure imagination!

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

The Goalie Guild, Inc. is a 501-c3 nonprofit foundation headquartered in Castle Rock, Colorado. It is owned and operated by Justin Goldman. To learn more about him and his missions, please click on the links below.

+ Ice Insights Podcast Interview
+ Swedish Hockey Institute Interview
+ NWHL Scholarship Opens Doors
+ “Between Two Worlds” Intro Video
+ “The Power Within” with Maria Mountain
+ LinkedIn Profile