To all GGSUnited members and potential campers,
I wanted to give a follow up to the great introduction post by Garret outlining all of the preliminary questions that folks may have before camp. I personally attended the last 2 days of the Pittsburgh camp in July 2015 and it was one of my best goaltending related experiences to date. After working a full shift from 12 to 9pm at the MonkeySports Woodbridge NJ store, I drove 45 minutes home to pack my gear, get food and get ready for my 7 hour overnight trek to join the rest of the camp.
Despite the fact that I was already awake for nearly 24 hours and only had 30 minutes of sleep… I arrived early in the morning and I was so purely excited because I knew I finally got to participate with the rest of the group members and craft the skill that we all enjoy. I joined right in with all of the other folks, joked around in the locker room, pushed through the day and tried to learn as much from the coaches as possible. Through those two days, I learned more in depth knowledge about the position while being on the ice, seeing my fellow goalie partners go through drills and watching the Pro athletes perform as well. Long story short, if you are on the fence about going to the camp and are unsure of funds, time off from work or how things run… just go to the camp, you won’t regret it.
Fast forward through some big life happenings in both personal and professional, I have been given the opportunity to represent GoalieMonkey, MonkeySports and GGSUnited by attending the 2017 camp tour as a “Gear Liaison” for all attendees. For the better part of a decade, I have been working with every kind of goalie and building clientele in terms of fitting them into the proper gear for size, technique, budget and style.
We all know that the biggest part of being a goalie is having a filthy setup and looking good out on the ice, but sometimes it is impossible to be able to have the ability to check out every single piece of gear and find the right equipment that will not only look sick, but help you perform better. This year, all of the major manufacturers will be represented to showcase their newest technology and retail offerings that we have all been drooling over. We will be working very close Warrior, Vaughn, Brian’s, CCM and Bauer to make sure the campers have the ability see the new gear, talk and learn about the new gear, and ultimately be able to demo the new gear on the ice.
My job at the camp will be simple yet hands on. I will be representing GoalieMonkey by joining all of the camp staff and participants on the ice to not only help follow the coaches in the methods they will be teaching, but to bring in gear discussion to the on ice drills. I will also help facilitate and coordinate on our on ice gear demo program, assist Equipment Rep’s in their programs and presentations, but to also help out on ANYTHING gear related by bringing the best hands on service to all attendees.
By bringing is this aspect of adding a Gear-Coach to camp, we feel that the GGSUnited community will have the ability to learn every aspect of goaltending from the best available resources. We want to make sure that the goalies who attend are knowledgeable in how to help their bodies recover off the ice, eat the proper foods to perform best while playing, become an expert in all techniques while making saves and finally having the proper protection, style and performance to make you the best goalie in your league.
What does this mean for everyone who is already preregistered for camp? Add me on social media, give me a call at work, or just chat with me about the gear you want to see at camp or the gear questions you have always thought about. I want to be used as a resource to make your time at camp most enjoyable, and I want to make sure the gear you have will allow you to perform at your best. If you have not registered for camp yet, just do it. You will have the time of your life learning from some of the best goalies in the world all while in a fun environment. For those that have attended the camp in the past, please let me know about things you loved about camp or things you wish you could change. I would love to be able to bring the same or improved experience to those potential campers. We also have some really cool pieces of camp that we will continue to finalize as time moves on, so be on the lookout for those announcements as well!
I really look forward to seeing plenty of new faces through the camps, chatting it up with the dozens of others who I have not seen in years and ultimately provide the best insight to anything and everything goalie gear related.