2021 Junior Mentoring
During these unprecedented times, teams now more than ever rely on trusted recommendations from their network of sources.
Despite COVID, your goals haven't changed...you still want to move on and up. You still want to improve and master your craft.
Whether you're currently playing AAA, High School, or already in Junior and looking to make a jump, we have a program tailored to you.
Our primary goal: create Junior opportunities for goaltenders, while mentoring goalies to become the best versions of themselves.
We will enable you to make the most of this adverse situation and continue working toward your dreams.
How This Works
Your summer has been thrown around with changing camp dates, cancellations, and everything seems up in the air.
We have that solution in a few parts:
Evaluation - we'll assess your skills as they are now (or this past season) on 4 dimensions and give a recommendation on the best path for you.
Partnership - we'll work with you to find the teams that are the best fit for you and your situation. We have teams who come to us all the time looking for goalies and are proud to be able to help place guys in good homes (just look at our alumni)!
Mentorship - our journey doesn't end when you find a team...we're in it with you all season! We hold weekly meetings and catch up every couple of weeks to make sure we're still on the path to excellence.
You have some questions, here are answers.
How will this work?
Our technical analysis and on-ice evaluation will come in the form of video review. Our scouting reports will be based on your film from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. The athletic assessment will be conducted virtually, again through Zoom. Vision assessments and Personality profiles and classroom will all be conducted virtually.
Our coaches and instructors will evaluate you through video and Zoom meeting software.
How will we get goalies opportunities?
The entire Junior tryout process is in upheaval currently. Now more than ever, teams will rely on trusted sources and recommendations from established networks.
Teams are still looking for goalies! There's nowhere else to go. How else are you going to get on the radar right now?
The teams we work with have all expressed a deep need. We are actively expanding our roster of partner teams, increasing our footprint. Everyone is in the same boat here. Teams that normally rely on camps to fill their goalie needs now have no pipeline. We are that pipeline.
How will this work?
Read below. We've devoted an entire section to describe exactly what our process will be.
What is the timeline?
To ensure that we can provide these services to our goalies in full, a hard registration deadline is set May 15th.
You can see a full timeline lower on this page. Click the sidebar that says "Timeline".
Linden Marshall - RPI NCAA
Braedon Fleming - Langley BCHL
Stefano Cantali - Mercyhurst NCAA
Ryan Bednard - Florida Panthers NHL
Zach Stern - Odessa NAHL
Matt Lenz - Mercyhurst, Steinbach
Lexi Baker - Bemidji State NCAA
Ryan Ruck - Colorado College NCAA
Andrew Pikul - Robert Morris NCAA
Zane McIntyre - NJ Binghampton NHL-AHL
Dean Shatzer - Dartmouth NCAA
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Jake McGrath - Sudbury Wolves OHL
Connor Close - Aberdeen NAHL
Cayden Bailey - Lone Star NAHL
You can understand our process in the following 4 parts
We collect your data, video, and conduct assessments remotely
Analyze your game and current abilities. Create an individual profile & scouting report
Meetings to determine teams that will be a fit & promote to them
Conduct ongoing goaltender development (we're your goalie coaches for 2021-22 season)
Game Play, Technique & Skills Analysis
We will accomplish the on-ice portion through game and practice video. You send your film in, and we will analyze, evaluate, and create a scouting report similar to what you would have received at camp.
Video can be that which you filmed over the season, or acquired from streaming services (HockeyTV) as a secondary resource if you don't have video of your own.
The video will be uploaded and posted to your personal profile, to distribute to teams and coaches we work with (more on the profile below).
Athleticism will be evaluated virtually. You will be provided video explanation and PDF detail for how to properly execute the exercises and the necessary materials required.
We will schedule times for goaltenders to execute their exercises under the supervision of one of our instructors (through Zoom). We will release the workout details on a rolling basis, related to your testing date. You will be allowed exactly 3 days to prepare before your test time.
To illustrate, let's say you're scheduled to test on April 27th. You will receive test information on April 24th. You can use this lead time to practice and prepare your space for your test slot.
Nobody will access the workout and exercise information before their 3-day prep period. Tests will be scheduled beginning April 27th.
Personality Assessment & Classroom
The personality assessment will be completed on your own time. Our Performance Mindset and Personality classroom will be announced at a later date. There will be only ONE opportunity for the classroom session (though it will be recorded). Parents are more than welcome to join the conference.
We are working with McDonald Eye Care to deliver virtual vision training and evaluation as well. There is equipment that we won't be able to use virtually, but we will have quantifiable tests to do with you.
Your online profile is the core reason why we can provide this service. Coaches and teams will rely more heavily on us and our recommendation this year compared to in the past.
Here is a quick video to show you an example what the finished online profile product will be.
In-Season Advising and Support
The impacts of this whole situation will extend well beyond the next couple months and the Junior tryout process. Therefore, we will provide you in-season advising and mentoring for the 2021-22 season.
These added services are included
Goaltender needs assessment & tailored plan
Junior / College and Career advising
We will be your remote goalie coaches (NHL and NAHL coaches to help you through the year)
"Sunday Squad" meeting weekly and other workshops
Higher Hockey Handbook e-book
The timeline of events is critical to our success in finding Junior opportunities for you. Here is our timing outline.
May 15th (Registration Closes)
Until then, work on submitting Video, Media Guide, Personality Assessments, Video, etc.
Meeting Schedule for Individual Needs Assessment finalized & notified
Meeting Schedule for Athleticism and Vision tests finalized & notified
LAST DAY to submit Video
LAST DAY to complete Personality Assessment online
LAST DAY to submit Media Guide & Photos
LAST DAY of Individual Needs Assessment Meetings
LAST DAY of Athleticism evaluations
Friday, June 4th
Target-date to complete your video & scouting report profile and ready for distribution to teams
Date & Time TBD
Personality Classroom and Performance Mindset Training (likely weekend of May 28-30)
Sunday Squad meetings (weekly)
Zoom meeting check-ins
Call, Text for advice and support
Aberdeen Wings NAHL
We are proud to support the CPGS Prospects Camp as we believe that it will help us evaluate the top talent available for our club. I would strongly recommend any goalie who is looking to play for our club attend
Fargo Force USHL
We fully endorse this camp. Not only do you receive great instruction, but Steve and his staff work very hard to place players with teams. We have taken goalies they recommend directly into our Fargo Force camp (which is usually a week or two later).
Steinbach Pistons MJHL
We have used Steve, Josh, and the CPGS prospects camp to provide us with a top goaltender this past season. We are extremely pleased with CPGS and we will be using their services again to fill our future goaltending needs
Our family is forever growing. We are so proud of the work that each and every one of them put into becoming the best and realizing their dreams. We do not claim to have "created" these goalies, they're the ones that have put in the work...rather we've partnered with them along their journey.
This is listed based on the highest level our goalies were able to achieve. Many of them were placed at lower levels (such as the NAHL or USHL) before climbing the ranks into college and pro hockey. This list includes only goalies who were placed in Juniors, many more are still at the High School & Midget levels.
Coaching 2 Connect
Personality and Performance
Coaching 2 Connect conducts our Personality Assessments and leads an insightful classroom session designed to familiarize goaltenders with their personalities, improve leadership skills, and mental & emotional performance.
McDonald Eye Care
Visual Performance Experts & Assessment
McDonald Eye Care conducts the Sports Vision evaluation and assessment at the camp. They work with NHL players and teams, and privately with top goaltenders across the country.