October 29, 2015

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Day 2 was a long one. We didnt complete our mental prep session until close to midnight. Today is our last day of practice before we play our first exibition game and my workload has happily doubled. I've been asked to take on the duties of team Canada white for the duration of the tournament. So moving forward I will be with 2 teams. My new goalies are Ian Scott, a 1st round pick and current member of the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. The other goalie is Matthew Welsh who also plays Major junior for Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL.

 

All 4 goalies have some serious skill and extremely hard working. Now we just have to focus on bringing it all together for game day as every country will be very tough com...

October 28, 2015

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Good morning from Dawson, day 2 about to start. The goalies had a chance yesterday to get their practice legs out so today expectations are raised. My message to my goalies was to build on everyday, and the goal was to leave the rink feeling confident. Today's pre ice meeting my message is to stress compete level, now that we had a full day in our surroundings our energy level should be high and compete level should be game like. We have 2 days to prepare before our ex game against Sweden. Game habits start today!

 

 

 

October 28, 2015

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In a small town of only 11000, the Canadian pride and love of hockey in Dawson Creek, BC is first class. In a facility fit for the pros, a massive team Canada jersey hangs from the stands, just another reminder that this is our game. 

 

In the coaches room my name is on a plate fastened to the wall....in the corner spot, they obviously know how this whole golie coach thing works.

 

The messae in the players dressing room is simple and truly sums up what is going to be a competitive week. There should be no surprise as to why we as Canadians settle for nothing less than 1st when it comes to our favourite game. It's evident that its ingraind in our blood and brains, there is only 1 way, and that couldnt be more evident after only the first...

October 27, 2015

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I've traveled just over 4000km from Ottawa to Dawson Creek, BC. Currently im on the good old iron lung (grey hound) headed to the hotel and its been a long ride travelin with over 100 hockey Canada players and staff members from all over this great country.

Ill be overseeing team Canada Black who's two goalies are Jake McGrath a product of the Toronto Marlies and an 8th round pick and current member of the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. Alex D'oro was a 1st round pick of the St. John's SeaDogs of the QMJHL and currently plays for the former great Leaf goaltender Felix the Cat Potvin.

It all starts tomorrow for Canada Black with team meeting at 10am followed by our first practice at 2:30pm. More to come.......

October 26, 2015

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Coach Paul Schonfelder leaves for Dawson Creek, British Columbia to mentor and coach Team Canada Black in the U17 World hockey Challenge. Canada actually ices 3 teams and coach Paul will be in charge of Team Canada Black. Teams are made up of the top 1999 birth year kids and are all primarily 1st year Major Junior players. Coach Paul will be writing a quick blog to keep CGD followers in the loop on the inside track of this unique experience. Follow us over the next 2 weeks and find out just how the top players in the world prepare, practice and play on the world stage.

 

To follow the results of the tournament you can visit:

http://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/National-Championships/Men/World-U17/2015

October 24, 2015

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27 years ago, Complete Goaltending Development I (Coach Chuck) stepped on the ice at the Walter Baker sport centre in Barrhaven, Nepean at the age of 5. Saturday mornings at 7am were development day for theNepean Minor Hockey Association and with about 40 grass root, ankle biting future super stars on the ice (some for the very first time), The lead instructor blew the whistle and herd the group to centre ice. The young instructor in charge was no more than 18 years old but fully demanded the attention of every young player and I was all ears. Every Saturday for 2 season coach Steve ran the development practice and mini cross ice games. Aside from my dad coach Steve taught me how to skate, stop, stick handle, what an off side was and genera...

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