USA Hockey Introduces New Goaltending Program
June 14, 2019

Just a few weeks ago in mid-May, USA Hockey revealed its plans to restructure its approach for goaltending education and development among local hockey players. The program has been designed to help American goaltenders – collegiate, professional and otherwise – to reach their highest potential, while also achieving success on international rink stages.

USAH’s new approach is a four-tiered one that includes a combined national junior and women’s national hockey team goaltending camp. This camp will be hosted each May at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, and will focus on upskilling and training the best of the best in American teams. On the other hand, boys will be able to attend the Warren Strelow boys’ goaltending camp for 15 year old players every summer, and separate sessions will also be hosted specifically for goaltenders at National Select Festivals for both genders around the same time of year.

Valuable Skills for Talented Players

Commenting on the fresh new approach to pro hockey, Thomas Speer, USA Hockey national goalie coach has noted that his organization is excited to be rolling out the new scheme. He and USAH feel that the program offers a more targeted and streamlined approach to goaltending development, particularly during the off-season when it is much needed.

Speer also added that with USAH’s primary goal of maintaining high performance on the global stage (and bringing American teams to the forefront thereof), the organization has identified a variety of areas for growth in its planning. These areas will soon be incorporated into new, cutting-edge programming that will prove to be more effective at identifying, nurturing, and identifying talent in all genders and age groups, while also giving athletes the top-class resources they need to boost their game.

The scheme also has a particular focus on female hockey players, who were for many decades largely left out of international contests and elite training programs. However, times have certainly changed for women in sports, and now, such initiatives are being made widely available to them even at a governmental level to help them to compete to the very best of their abilities. There is a definite focus now on providing skills and training for every age group, ensuring that young teen players will one day become highly capable collegiate players, and eventually, international competitors as well.

First Goaltending Camp Proves Successful

The world-class program kicked off on Thursday, May 16 at the USA Hockey Arena in Michigan, where dozens of top collegiate and postgraduate women goaltenders were brought together to enjoy four days of action-packed specialized mentoring and training. As for whether or not the program will indeed support their long-term elite athletic development, hockey enthusiasts will have to keep a close eye on future games (and place plenty of hockey bets or indulge in some bet apuestas Argentina) to see just how much America’s best have improved!

Among this year’s 12 female camp attendees were 2018 Olympic medallists Nicole Hensley, Alex Rigsby and Maddie Rooney, alongside Emma Polusny, a cornerstone member of the IIHF Women's World Championship gold medal-winning 2019 U.S. Women's National Team.

The women’s camp was led by dedicated coaches like US Women’s National Team Head Coach Bob Corkum, US Women’s National Team Goaltending Coach Steve Thompson and US Under-18 Women’s National Team Goaltending Coach Alli Altman. This trio worked with Larry Clemens, Laura Bellamy, and two-time Olympic silver medallist Bri McLaughlin herself to bring new skills to the next generation of pro athletes.


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