In order to ensure that our Sherwood Park goaltenders (and their coaches) are properly equipped for the best performance possible in this specialized position, SPMHA has developed this portion of the website to provide a centralized resource of goaltender specific information. This information includes resources developed by Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta & USA Hockey and supports Hockey Alberta's Provincial Goalie Development Plan and Hockey Canada's Goalie Development Pathway.
The Pathway and Development Plan feature a multi-pronged approach to ensuring that goaltenders receive direct and consistent coaching and guided skill development so that their experience in the crease is a positive one. A focal point of the Pathway and the Provincial Plan is to develop the knowledge and expertise of coaches, both regionally and within individual associations. The other prong involves providing goaltenders with specialized training opportunities, where they can work with other goalies as well as some of the most experienced goaltender coaches in the association.
If you have questions or would like more information on goaltender development, please contact Kevin Kraiger, Goalie Development Director, SPMHA.
Every great goaltender has a great foundation that focuses on the basics of the position. To learn about everything from stance to on-ice recovery, visit the Goaltending Basics section.
Playing the position of goaltender comes with a great deal of responsibility along with honor. A goaltender must take responsibility for his or her practice and game preparation. To learn more about mental preparation for goaltenders, visit the mental prep section.
To learn more about what equipment is needed to play goaltender and how to properly fit a goaltender visit our equipment section.
For goalie coaches looking for resources in order to build goalie training and practice plans, visit our Coaches Resources section.
At Home Training
Not all training needs to be done on the ice. A dedicated goaltender should be working on their skills multiple times a week, regardless of their ice schedule. Visit this section for ideas for skill training away from the rink.