The Goalie Guild and FinnGoalie Training in Nova Scotia have joined forces in order to provide one underprivileged goaltender in the United States with an opportunity to attend FinnGoalie’s annual Pro Week Goalie Camp at the BMO Centre in Halifax.
NAME: The FinnGoalie Training Scholarship
SUPPORTING: Underprivileged goaltenders currently living in the United States.
PROGRAM DATES: July 3-7, 2017 at the BMO Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
DONATION: Camp entry fee (a $750 value) and up to a $1,000 USD voucher for travel expenses.
APPLICATION: This scholarship is now closed. Please check back in January, 2018.
2016 RECIPIENT: Colin Seeley
2017 RECIPIENT: Beth Larcom
2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECAP
Traveling to the FinnGoalie “Pro Week” Goalie Camp was actually the very first time I had crossed the Canadian-American border. I had heard much about the country from my teammates at St. George’s, but mainly about Quebec. Right off the bat, I was so surprised to see how total strangers would go out of their way to welcome you and make small talk. Once I got to The Atlantica Hotel in Halifax, it was very late and I had an early morning the next day. The next morning, I got picked up by the one and only Andy Snair, who would be the local shuttle for myself, Robby, Ollie, and his sister for the next week…lucky guy.
I was wondering if everyone at this camp would be as hilarious as that group of people, and it turns out I was right. Locker room #2 held a fantastic bunch of guys that I would be excited to get dressed with for two ice sessions a day. I was one of four Americans, I believe. One of the other goalies from Colorado, Aidsy, was one of the most interesting and outgoing people I have ever met, and one of the most eccentric guys in the locker room. It was a blessing that I went on the ice with this group every day and got to work hard and learn from some of the greatest goalie minds in the world with such an enthusiastic group.
Now, about the on ice coaching that we got: I believe that my understanding and knowledge about the position had expanded tenfold by the end of the week. Every coach brought something different to the table, whether it was Al’s workhorse mentality to stop every single puck, or Yuna’s glass-shattering yell of excitement after perfecting a drill or a movement. What was most beneficial to us goaltenders was not just the knowledge that these coaches brought, but rather the breadth and vast range of experience that they brought from all corners of the world.
My goal in coming to this camp was to learn tools that would help me find my own game. That is the goal of goaltending, right? Finding your own way to stop that puck. I picked up so many different tools at this camp that helped me continue on my path towards developing my own game. I cannot thank Justin and The Goalie Guild, Jack from FinnGoalie, and all of the coaches enough. It is truly a week that I will remember for the rest of my hopefully long hockey career.
– Colin Seeley
This “Pro Week” Goalie Camp is styled off of training camps FinnGoalie has attended while training professionally overseas and in the United States and Canada. It has been a big passion of Finngoalie Training to bring a camp of this caliber to Atlantic Canada. This camp has limited spots and can be attended by those who fill out applications only. This camp is for high-level goaltenders only.
FINNGOALIE PRO CAMP DETAILS
Details below are taken directly from the FinnGoalie Training website. During the week you are placed in a PRO CAMP ENVIRONMENT which includes:
I. Professional Goalie Instructors: Includes head instructor Jack Hartigan and his team of FinnGoalie pro instructors + special guest coaches & instructors.
II. World Renowned Goalie Coaches: Jukka Ropponen (from GoaliePro in Finland). Jukka has been a professional goalie coach for 20+ years, coaching in the SM-Liiga, AHL, and Swiss NL leagues. He has been integral in the development of Finland’s original goaltending program. He currently runs GoaliePro in Finland and has trained numerous goaltenders all the way to the NHL. For more info on Jukka’s coaching background please visit www.goaliepro.com at any time.
III. Off-Ice Dryland Training with Certified Trainers & Off-Ice Demonstrations: Throughout the week goaltenders will be introduced to high-level goalie-specific dryland training. This includes TRX training, hand-eye coordination development, hip injury prevention seminars, flexibility and stability training.
IV: More Perks Include the Following:
- An on-ice video coach providing instant feedback to students during ice sessions
- Off-ice video analysis
- Goalie-specific off-ice training
- Power skating sessions
- Special guest coaches and presentations throughout the week
- No5Hole training hat and t-shirt
- Custom practice jersey and shorts
- BioSteel Sports Hydration Package
- FinnGoalie drawstring backpack