Club goalie development is terrible. They all advertise it. It doesn't exist. If it does, it doesn't compare to player skill dollars. Makes sense if running a business for the masses. My advice, forget goalie skills put on by clubs. Hook up with an outside shop. Highly recommend mass crease in Norwell. Good luck. Not cheap developing goalies.
My son loves GDS in North Andover. We do not participate in club goalie skills. He goes on his own one on one and has progressed nicely. Be prepared, not cheap having a goalie. Lots of time and money spent supporting them. But if they love it, it's worth it
My kid is in the fed so I can only speak for the fed teams but I think they all offer some sort of goalie development. It's getting a little better than when my son first started when very few teams offered it. Organizations are starting to understand that goalies need to be developed as well and are at least providing skills for them. That being said, the reality is is that if you want your goalie to improve you have to do skills outside the organization because some organizations only offer skills twice a month. We have been lucky enough over the years to find coaches who have been working with my son on a one on one basis and it has improved his game over the years. My son has also done stop it and Masscrease, both pretty good. Club hockey in general is expensive and if your kid is really passionate about hockey and wants to improve his game it can be really expensive. Good luck out there.
The best direction to go , is to get your own outside goalie coach and private lessons . Most teams will now offer some skills but usually it is in a group setting and there is nothing personalized for your child . It is not nearly as good as getting your own lessons privately .
SSK include goalie skills. Our goalie and his parents seem to like it
Thanks everyone for all your input. Its an eye opener. Didn't realize clubs don't really offer much guidance/training for goalies, it's such a disappointment. I have an 05 goalie, any clubs/ teams at that age level you would advise that are better for goalies? Don't really care if it's fed, e9, or any of the other acronyms, I don't really understand the system yet. Just looking for a step up from town. Any clubs to avoid? Thanks again.
Look at Shamrocks out of Wilmington....Good Program...decent group goalie skills with Geragoshian (BU Goalie Coach)...good organization and good coaches...don't always play at the highest levels but better then town....good first step into the club world of hockey
Where are you looking ? As in location ?
We are in central south east mass. I don't mind travel, so anywhere from Boston and south to RI, inside of 95 would be ideal.
RI hockey Academy is up and coming for Goalie Skills. Guy there runs a max 4 group at a time in Warwick and also runs the Blue Chip Goalie clinic in the spring /summer. He does a good job teaching the kids and making it fun as well.
Lovell offers independent goalie coaching during regular team practice. They use:http://www.gdsgoalies.com.
Elite skills out of hockey town offers the best goalie development, hands down.
Measured by how the sieve kid covers the puck in the crease....hands down.