Coach Paul has taken us insie his experience with Team Canada at the U17 world championship. We've eagerly followed his daily grind in Dawson Creek, BC as he helped kick off our new CGD Blog "GOALINE LOGIC". Its been a long two weeks and at the end of the road Team White and coach Paul were rewarded for their commitment and hard work with a well deserved Gold medal. CGD is proud to have a professional like Paul as a member of our CGD team. His tireless commitment to the game and the goaltending position are characteristics we all strive to achieve. He is an inspiration to our staff and to the hundreds of goalies he influences. Congradulations Paul, looking forward to checking out the new hardware.
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...
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...
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.
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