Fifty of the state’s top high school goalies (25 boys and 25 girls) were at St. Cloud State University, Aug. 3-6, for Minnesota Hockey’s 13th annual CCM High Performance Dave Peterson Goalie Camp.
The four-day goalie development program is designed to improve the individual skills, techniques, confidence and consistency of boys and girls in the 15-to 18-year-old age group.
“It’s extremely important we provide high-level skill development opportunities for boys and girls in this age group,” explained Steve Carroll, Minnesota Hockey’s goalie development coordinator. “These are highly motivated athletes who are determined to improve their skills and overall game so they can help their high school teams achieve success. Many of the participants also have set their sights on playing college hockey and beyond.”
The camp provided the goalies with an opportunity to learn the latest techniques and strategies from a combination of Minnesota’s most well-respected and talented college and high school goalie coaches.
This year’s coaches also included Phil Osaer, USA Hockey manager of Goaltending for American Development Model.
“Minnesota hockey continues to make strides in their goaltender development program," Osaer said "Steve Carroll ran a camp that allowed coaches from high school all the way up to the pros to give their best to the goalies during on and off-ice sessions. It was great to see the Minnesota goaltending community work so well together.”
In addition, participants also had the chance to interact and learn from current collegiate goalies who served as counselors. The counselors were David Zevnik (Lakeville, St. Cloud State University), Lauren Bench (Burnsville, Bemidji State University) and Ashley Corcoran (Red WIng, St. Mary’s University).
The goalies had 12 hours of on-ice training and 12 hours of off-ice instruction on topics such as sports performance training, nutrition, student coaching program, hockey after high school, vision training and goalie yoga.
Goalies were invited to participate in the camp based on their play in the spring's USA Hockey/Minnesota Hockey CCM High Performance festivals.
Dave Peterson is a hockey coaching legend. The Minnesota native was the head coach of the 1988 and 1992 U.S. men's Olympic hockey teams.
He also helped several United States national teams successfully compete against international hockey competition.
Dave was also a passionate leader in goalie development not only in Minnesota but also throughout the country. Many of his ideas and concepts are still being used by USA Hockey today.
In addition to his work with USA Hockey, Dave was a long time boy’s hockey coach at Minneapolis Southwest High School.
He passed away in 1997. Minnesota Hockey is honored his family has allowed us to add his name in support of this exciting goalie development program.