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Great Saves Goaltending is owned and operated by Chris Carter.

Chris has been coaching goaltenders of all ages and skill levels since 2007. With a decade of coaching experience, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and commitment to Great Saves Goaltending.

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Chris and his family relocated to Nanaimo, British Columbia in 2016. Chris is eager to further his opportunities and ability to coach goaltenders as a resident of B.C.

Here are some highlights of Chris’ experiences coaching goaltenders:

  • Goaltending Coach Cowichan Capitals and Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL)
  • Goaltending Coach for the Kerry Park Islanders and the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)
  • Goaltending Coach VIU Mariners of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL)
  • Goaltending Development Coach – Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (CSSHL)
  • Goaltending Development Head Coach for Kerry Park Minor Hockey and Nanaimo Minor Hockey
  • Goaltending Coach of the CBR Renegades & Avalon Capitals (St. John’s Junior Hockey League)
  • Goaltending Coach of the TriPen Osprey (Newfoundland Major Midget AAA League)
  • Goaltending Technical Director for Mount Pearl Minor Hockey
  • Goaltending coach and evaluator for the Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador High Performance Program (HPP)
  • Goaltending Coach Don Johnson Hockey League (DJHL)
  • Goaltending Coach Pee Wee ‘A’ Mount Pearl Blades
  • Head Coach & Goaltending Coach in the Doug Marshall Hockey League (Minor Midget). As a head coach for four seasons in this league, Chris won two championships and finished second place in his other two seasons

Chris has been mentoring for several years under the tutelage of Mitch Korn, who is the current goaltending coach for the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals of the NHL. A 27 year veteran of the NHL (and having coached some of the best goalies in the world such as Dominic Hasek, , Grant Fuhr, Pekka Rinne, Tomas Vokun, Mark Dekanich and currently Philipp Grubauer and Braden Holtby), Mitch Korn is widely considered to be THE PREMIER goaltending coach in the world. Chris has developed a professional and personal relationship with Mitch Korn and has grown as a coach and a person under his tutelage. Chris is mentioned by name on Korn’s website main page (

The largest benefit of this relationship and learning has been the development of the programs offered by Great Saves Goaltending. Through his relationships in the goaltending community and also through his own effort and thoughts, Great Saves Goaltending offers the most innovative, current and proven goaltending programs possible. Great Saves utilizes the most modern methods available in order to help our goaltenders achieve their highest potential.

Chris obviously aims to teach the very intricate and complicated position of goaltending but equally as important are the life lessons that Chris tries to impart on his students. At the end of the day, we try and develop better goaltenders and better people. The coaching methods used by Great Saves staff are designed intentionally to help goalies deal with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of being a goalie and to help students use these tools in the world outside of hockey.

Chris’ Current Coaching Commitments (2018-19 Hockey Season):

  • Goaltending Coach Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners (BCIHL)
  • Goaltending Coach for the Kerry Park Islanders of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL)
  • Goaltending Coach Pacific Coast Hockey Academy
  • Goaltending Development Director of Kerry Park Minor Hockey