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GSG partners with Blizzard Hockey for St. John’s, NL

September 20, 2017

Great Saves Goaltending is pleased to announce our partnership to continue our winter program services in St. John’s, NL.

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered in Newfoundland with Blizzard Hockey to continue to deliver our high standards of goaltending training in the province of Newfoundland.

Great Saves Goaltending was founded in Newfoundland in 2011 with our first summer program, a program which consists of 10 on ice sessions over the months of April – August. This program was designed around the concept of maintaining game-readiness over the traditionally slow summer months while maintaining a very light training schedule, allowing students to enjoy other sports and activities in the summer. We are pleased to say that the program has been SOLD OUT every year of its existence from 2011 until the present time. We will be looking to expand this program to British Columbia in the near future.

In 2012 Great Saves Goaltending began to deliver an annual winter program, which is a weekly and much more intense and dedicated training schedule. With GSG Head Coach Chris Carter moving to British Columbia in the fall of 2016, Great Saves Goaltending did not offer a winter program for the 2016-2017 season.

We had an incredibly successful summer of 2017 in St. John’s with our annual Summer Program being overseen by longtime Assistant Coach Chad Brinson, as well as participation from Chris Carter during his time in Newfoundland this past summer. All longtime and dedicated Great Saves staff worked all our 2017 Summer Programs, which maintains consistency over all our St. John’s programs.

With Chris now living in British Columbia and a strong desire to keep the Great Saves Goaltending brand alive in Newfoundland on a full time basis, we are happy to announce our partnership with Blizzard Hockey.

Blizzard Hockey is celebrating 26 years of delivering professional hockey instruction at the grassroots level throughout Newfoundland & Labrador.

The program is led by Jack Lee who brings over thirty years of hockey expertise to the young men and women of Newfoundland and Labrador. Jack, along with his sons Michael and Mark have assembled a roster of seasoned instructors who are committed to delivering quality programs, customized to the player’s individual needs.

Great Saves Goaltending will be providing our longtime, dedicated and well trained staff to all our programs that we offer in partnership with Blizzard Hockey. Great Saves is proud to have developed the best and most dedicated roster of goalie coaches in the province to help deliver the most innovative and dedicated training in the province of Newfoundland. Great Saves will partner with Blizzard hockey for all winter and summer programs with the exception of our 4 day camp in July featuring GSG Head Coach Chris Carter and Steve Briere. Blizzard Hockey will continue its 5 day summer camp with Protek Goaltending and Frantz Jean.

The 2017-2018 winter program will feature longtime GSG Assistant Coach Chad Brinson as the on-ice lead. Chad will surround himself and the program with the best available goalie coaches in the city of St. John’s.

This program will commence in October 2017. It will take place at Feildien Gardens in St. John’s every Sunday afternoon. We will have two groups over our two hour block of ice time. Group A will be on the ice 1:30pm – 2:20pm while Group B will be on ice from 2:30pm – 3:20pm. 

Space is limited to 16 goalies per group. Groupings will be assigned based on age and skill set.

Cost of this program is $1295.00 plus HST. Again, space is limited to 16 students per group.

To register for this program you can email ccarter@greatsaves.ca with your desire to register or you can call (778) 269-2416

You can also click here to visit Blizzard Hockey Online and use their online registration system to enrol your child. Their website will soon be updated to announce the partnership with GSG but if you register online you just register for their goalie program. You may also contact Blizzard Hockey at jack@newfoundlandblizzard.com or by phone at (709) 743-0707

We are excited to begin this partnership with our friends at Blizzard hockey. We believe this partnership will ultimately be of great benefit to all goaltenders in Newfoundland and Labrador as we push forward to deliver the best training available across the country.

Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie Coach Steve Briere Camp NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

March 8, 2017

We are pleased to announce we are now accepting registrations for our annual camp in cooperation with Toronto Maple Leafs Goaltending Coach Steve Briere.

This camp will run from July 17-20, 2017 out of TWIN RINKS in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

With combined experience of over 30 years coaching goaltenders, Steve Briere (NHL) and Chris Carter (BCHL) take pride in offering a positive learning environment while encouraging fun and creating lifelong memories for all students who attend this camp.

Participants in last years camp still speak today about how wonderful the experience was for them as a person and as goaltenders.

Spaces are limited for this camp so please contact us today to reserve your space.

2017 Summer Program NOW OPEN for REGISTRATION!

February 15, 2017

We are proud to announce that we are now accepting registrations for our 2017 Summer Program.

The program will run out of Twin Rinks in St. John’s.

The program consists on 10 on-ice sessions from the months of April through August.

The program is designed to maintain existing skills over the summer months, while teaching new skills along the way. We strongly believe that it is important to take a break from hockey over the summer and get involved in other sports and activities. But we also strongly believe that it is extremely important to do some light maintenance over the summer to maintain skills learned in the past.

With 10 sessions over a five month period, the Great Saves Summer Program is the perfect blend of time away while still devoting some time to your goaltending skills.

The program will be Sunday evenings while school is in session and then transitions to Wednesday evenings once school is out through to the end of the program.

The dates for the program will be:

Sunday Evenings
April 30, May 7, May 28, June 11

Wednesday Evenings
June 28, July 5, July 26, August 9, August 16, August 23

We will have three groups which will be paired based on age and skill set. Specific ice times will be given once groupings are determined. Ice slots are 1 hour per session.

Cost of this program is $650.00 which includes taxes. There is a $200 non-refundable deposit to hold your space and the balance of $450 due at registration (dates to be announced).

To register your child for the summer program or for more details please contact:

Chad Brinson (Head Coach St. John’s Programs)
(709) 740-0305
cbrinson@greatsaves.ca

Chris Carter (Owner)
(778) 269-2416
ccarter@greatsaves.ca

GSG Welcomes Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie Coach Steve Briere!

March 12, 2016

Great Saves Goaltending is pleased to announce we will be welcoming NHL Goaltending Coach Steve Briere of the Toronto Maple Leafs to St. John’s for a four day camp.

This camp will run out of Bussey Arena on Bonaventure Avenue from July 4th to July 7th! This is an incredible opportunity to experience coaching from a goaltending coach who is at the pinnacle of his chosen profession.

Steve Briere also owns and operates Canadian Professional Goalie Schools in the off season. More information about Steve and his qualifications can be seen on his website

Space for this camp is extremely limited! The cost of this camp is $535.00 plus HST. Please contact us to reserve your space

2016 GSG Summer Program

March 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting registration for our 2016 Summer Program! This is our most popular program and is the program upon which Great Saves Goaltending was built!

Over the summer many goalies are away from the position for several months before either attending a camp at the end of the summer OR waiting for tryouts to commence in the fall. During this period of time, they often regress in their skill set and are not physically or mentally prepared for maximum effort at their summer camps or tryouts.

The Great Saves Goaltending Summer Program is designed to eliminate this layoff in addition to elevating the skills of all our students. We believe that ALL GOALIES need a break from the position, the hockey season is very long and demanding. That being said, we also think it is essential for goalies to maintain what they have LEARNED through the winter months by keeping themselves in playing condition through the off-season. With our summer program the goalies will be on the ice on average twice a month, which makes for the perfect blend of work and relaxation.

Goaltender specific power skating is an optional part of the summer program again this year. We firmly believe in the benefits of this portion of the program as efficient movement and positioning are the FOUNDATION of goaltending and these mechanics are practiced and repeated up the NHL level. The power skating is an OPTIONAL addition to the summer program and is available to all students regardless of age.

There will be 6 power skating sessions over the course of the summer. There will be no pucks or shots at these sessions, just 50 minutes of goaltending specific skating drills. The cost for these 6 sessions will be $200 and is payable at the time of registration. These sessions will commence in June and run to the end of the program.

The 2016 Summer Program includes:

  • 10 hours of on-ice instruction
  • Great Saves Goaltending Jersey
  • 6 Hours of Goaltender Specific Power skating (OPTIONAL at $200)

Contact us today to reserve your space as registration is very limited!