Why do the Eastern Ontario Cobras have goalie clinics?
Every player receives approx. 150 hours of coaching per season, (approx. 50 games including tournament and 50 practices). They have at least 2 to 3 coaches (sometime 4) to work with them.
Some organizations who recognize the “necessity” to “coach” goalies will give money to goalies to get “outside” coaching. So, if they go 4 goalies (we have 16 in Cobras) at a time working with a goalie coach, at $80 / hour, for one hour per week for 25 weeks per season for a total of 25 hours of coached practices.
The total cost is 25 weeks X 1 hour/week X $80/hour X 4 = $8,000.
But, during games do goalies receive feedback? If the player for example don't pivot correctly or don’t position himself correctly, the coach can "feedback him", and can adjust his next practice accordingly, but what about the goalie?
Do we need to develop goalie coaches as well? Do we need to adapt practices to include goalies part of a "team” practice not just as a target? How to manage the ice pad for an efficient practice for all players, including goalies. Some coaches complain about the fact that theirs players don't score a lot. Goalies practices are very efficient for shooters to learn how to shoot and how to beat the goalie. So what we do with goalies clinics are for development of goalies, goalies coaches and shooters. Quebec produces approx. 10 % of NHL players and 21% of NHL goalies, how come?
Unanimously (some word like that...) coaches told us (the executive) they need help with goalies.
So now, we "invest" 8 goalies clinics per season, again to develop goalies (16), coaches (8) and shooters (16), 3 hours per clinic so each participant (goalies, coaches and shooters) receive 1.5 hours per clinic for a total of 12 hours per season. Do you mean they receive 12 hours per season compare with 150 hours for all other players? The cost is 8 X $80/hour X 3 hours = $1,920 plus the ice cost for approx. $3,000 for a total of approx. $5,000 per year.
So, per participant (16 goalies, 16 shooters and 8 coaches) is $125 or $625 per team, not too bad! Or approx. $37 per player!
By the way did you hear the speech of the new goalie inducted in the NHL wall of fame, Patrick Roy? He did recognize "big time" the predominant role of his goalie coach Francois Allaire...
What about Mika? By the way, before he left for Calgary, David Marcoux was doing goalie clinics every week for two AA hockey associations.
And now, in the third year of this program of developing goalies, goalie coach and shooters, most of the Cobras teams have “goalie coach”, some of them had a chance to follow the program since the beginning and some others just started. By having a goalie coach as good as is the head coach with players, we will not have to do as much clinics, but keep in mind we have a long way to go to develop enough goalie coaches.
We should video the goalie games, take more goalies statistics (like how many shots, where they were, PK saves, PK goals, SV%, rebounds, etc...), so we will be able to have "custom fit" goalie clinic and practices. About statistics and “mind set”, please take a look at goalie statistics in the three major junior leagues (WHL, OHL and LHJMQ) website?
It's true we have a long way to go, but we are in the proper direction
President EO Cobras