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Oscar DanskWorking with TGC was great because the teaching really helped with my fundamentals as a goalie which is key to learn in order to succeed in the future. In our lectures I also learned a lot about setting goals both for the season and the career! Thanks!

Oscar Dansk
2012 1st Round Draft Pick Columbus Blue Jackets



Brady HjelleI have been fortunate enough to work with Coach Des indivually and also through camp with TGC and cannot say enough about them.  They do a great job of working with your strengths as a goaltender and helping you develop new techniques that you can use to help improve your game.  TGC also had some good dryland training and nutritional advice to help you stay on top of your game.  I would highly recommend working with Coach Des and TGC for any goalie, young or old, looking to take the next step in their game.

Brady Hjelle
Ohio State Buckeyes



Thanks for letting me help coach your camp last week. I had a great time and learned more about goalies, drills, and everything that goes into goalie training this past week than I had my whole life prior. I know my knowledge about goalies was slim to begin the camp, but I appreciate you letting me coach at your camp. Really liked the way you ran everything on the ice and kept all kids involved+learning+developing throughout the week. I’m extremely impressed! If you ever need help with another camp down the road, feel free to reach out to me!!

Brandon S.



Many Thanks Des for being able to deliver my granddaughter's hoodie so promptly and before she left the Goalie Camp. She is delighted with the hoodie and is looking forward to wearing it as often as possible. Thanks again - that was great service - much appreciated.

Alan R.



Well she put her skills to good use. Came out of the weekend with 3 wins. Shutout Friday against Coon Rapids, 1-1 tie against Maple Grove winning in a shoot out, 6-1 win against Armstrong Cooper which in her defense stopped it twice and got bulldozed across the the line. All in all good weekend for her and hopefully built up some confidence. Thanks again.

Martin E.



I just wanted to say thank you. Today his [Alex L.] high school team (Minneapolis) won the consolation championship for single A. The parents said he has been the unsung hero all year for the team. Your instruction early on is one of the reasons he accomplished what he did. Thank you.

Kevin S.



Hey Des,

Tristan said it was the BEST camp he has ever been to. He said he has never worked as hard in his life as he did that week. I'm so thankful for what you guys do, and I'm very proud of what you do for Shattuck. Keep kicking ass and we will for sure see you next summer.

Troy O.




I just wanted to reach out to you to thank you for putting on such a wonderful camp. Sophia hasn’t stopped talking about it and, I have to admit, I haven’t either. I’ve been bragging about the camp to all the goalie parents here in Colorado Springs. You set the bar pretty high and I find myself telling people, “well at the camp at Shattuck they did…”

Sophia is already ready to come back next year and board at the school. She asked before we left the state whether she could just stay for the next week, ha! Thanks again for putting on a camp that is now locked in Sophia’s memories

Lindsay S.



Hi Des,

Thank you for running such a wonderful program. My grandson had a great time and he can't wait to come back. Danny really enjoyed himself at camp. I enjoyed the time spent with Danny driving back and forth from River Falls to Camp. So it was a win-win all around. Met some other goalie parents and made nice connections too. Have a wonderful rest of the summer. K

Kind Regards,

Peter L.



Coach Des,

We just wanted to say thank you for an awesome camp last week. Austin loved the camp and loved Shattuck St Mary’s!  I hope he remembers everything he learned and is able to apply it to his upcoming season with the Washington Little CAPs. He is already talking about wanting to come back next summer!

Thank you again,

Renée H.




Thank you for hosting an exceptional camp. Nolan and all of the Little Caps players return each day with excitement to share what they have learned. Your enthusiasm, expertise, and meticulous attention to details are  appreciated. The boys are already asking if they can come back! :) Thank you for dedicating your time and talent. 

Kim W.




Thanks for an awesome week at goalie camp. Maliah had a blast. She was so happy and thrilled to attend. She really enjoyed her time at camp and would report every day about how she made a sweet helmet save or how she got better with her glove and blocker and new things she learned. I'm grateful you held the camp, we had one happy camper! Chelsie

Chelsie L.



Hi Coach,

Thanks again for bringing such a great clinic to Missoula, and to provide some feedback, I was asking in the locker room what the kids thought, and the comments ranged from “amazing” to “the best goalie clinic I’ve ever been to”; and from my perspective, I learned some valuable fundamentals that I’ll definitely incorporate into our goalie development at practices (sealing the short side, stick positioning in the reverse VH, chest positioning to name a few). Also, Coach John came up to me afterwards and said that he was watching you teach the exit strategy after stopping the puck behind the net, and he commented how he’d never seen that in all his years and how much sense it made, and I completely agree. At any rate, just wanted to say thanks again and let you know how what a great experience it was learning from you, and hopefully you’ll be back to our area soon.

Dave M.



Coach Des,

Thought I’d pass along, Jack had a really fun start in his first Varsity game with Detroit Lakes HS. 10-0 win vs Park Rapid for his first career win and shutout. He only saw 14, but too many of them were breakaways and odd man rush saves. Thanks for all the help and good coaching over the years!

Brian H.



Impressed with the camp. The assessment and written feedback was much better than I’ve seen at other camps. Some of the drills were also not seen previously. Thanks.

Dennis M.



Dear Coach Des,

Thank you and your team so much for taking care of Ryan this week. It was his first time totally away from home without parent or team parent supervision, so we were nervous. It went better than we hoped.

Chris took some video clips when he picked Ryan up and I have to say, for that third practice on day 5 he looked better than some days when he is rested and caffeinated!

Iris K.




Your care, encouragement & instruction is always the most important part. My kids are tired, but had a great time & your coaching staff once again rocked!! Thanks again.

Heather M.



Good evening!

Thank you for a great goalie week. Fletcher had a great time and found a love for goaltending. This camp has given him so much confidence. I wasn’t expecting for him to be so sure about playing goalie after this week’s camp. 

Sally A.



Coach Des,

Matt SchoephoersterThank you so much for getting Matt ready for the Fall AAA season.  Attached is an article in Let’s Play Hockey on his team and their 1st place finish in the tourney.  The tourney started on the Friday of your Prodigy Goalie Clinic that Matt attended this year.  Highlighted is the part where he was voted MVP.  You and your coaches done good with this goalie!

All the best

Randy S.




Just a quick note to let you  know how much Dylan enjoyed training with you, and his entire experience this summer. Dylan has played some games in the past couple weeks, including playing up, and with a team from New Brunswick.  He has been absolutely dialed in.  Tip of the cap to you on that!

Douglas S.



Hi Des,

Thanks for a great week of goalie training. Jack really enjoyed it.  He came home very tired the first few days. Thanks again for doing a such a great job with the goalies.

Jason T.



Hi Des,

I hope Riley can continue to train with TGC on a regular basis to retain and build on the skills he has learned at TGC and implement them during the hockey season. I wanted to tell you that the TGC camp Riley attended at Shattuck was pivotal for him. I saw him mature, gain confidence and he found a real sense of belonging with other goalies. Training with all goaltenders and goaltenders of all ages was something I recognize as an important aspect for Riley's development.




Coach Des,

I am not sure who was on the ice with Keaton on Sunday, but can you please tell them Thank you!! A million times thank you.

I noticed one of the coaches checking out Keaton's mask at the beginning of practice so when he was showing me his new move last night I asked him if they liked his mask. Usually he doesn't share much about the sessions as I am the Mom and not on the ice, I am just there for support, which I am entirely fine with. So, if he doesn't say anything so be it. He said that the coach said his roommate at college had diabetes and that he coaches for TGC but doesn't make it to the Faribault sessions, or something like that. Little comments like that for a kid who has to deal with the ups and downs of diabetes 24/7 mean so much as he knows others have went that path and did just fine. It definitely was something that made his day, and mine. So I just wanted to send a quick Thank you to whoever was on the ice yesterday, I appreciate the interaction.

Kari W.



Hi Coach,

I wanted to thank you for coming to Des Moines and putting on an absolutely amazing camp this weekend. My son Wyatt has only been playing goalie for a year and this instruction was perfectly done for him. He had so much fun and I was impressed with how you guys were able to work so easily with all levels of goalies. We are so happy and feel that this camp was worth every penny. I truly hope you and your wonderful coaches will make another trip to Des Moines again! Thanks again.

Jessica & Jason M.



Hi Coach Des –

I can’t thank you enough for such a well run camp. Your coaches were so engaged with their goalies.. You could tell they had a passion and a talent for what they were doing and cared for each and every goalie they were working with. The level of professionalism, thoroughness of the basics and beyond, and overall camp experience more than exceeded my expectations. That you took time to personalize Caleb’s evaluation booklet, with comments and advice for future development, still blows me away. And you did it for each of the many goalies out there! You worked them hard but showed care, compassion, heart, and soul…and great sense of humor.

We will definitely be attending future goalie club events. I am also hoping that we will be able to take some private lessons with Coach Will as our AAA practice and travel schedule allows.

Thanks again, Coach Des! Look forward to keeping in touch.

Debbie N.



Coach Des

I wanted to start by thanking you and your staff for the fabulous camp you put on that my son Ian Hedican participated in at SSM June 21-26. He learned a great deal and as his primary goalie coach during the season, and the other club goaltenders, I took exhaustive notes and video. You have put together a great group of coaches who along with yourself can really push, elevate and support goaltenders of all age and skill levels. Thank you for making it such a fun and productive week for Ian and for myself.

Thanks again and look forward to seeing you next year.

Sean H.




Just wanted to let you know that for a second year in a row Nicholas just loved camp. Thank you so much for putting on such a professional, well run camp for the kids.

Debbie C.



I would like to let you know that we have been very pleased with the stories Eric tells us from camp. He tells us how you tell them about how important it is to be careful what they put on social media, how they dress, and how doing things like chewing tobacco can effect their future. It is hard sometimes raising respectful, good kids in today's society and they only listen to their parents to a certain degree but cling to every word a coach tells them. We appreciate not only you teaching our son good goalie skills but we really appreciate that you teach him in these other important areas of life that will help him way beyond hockey! Thanks again for all you do!

Connie & Brad W.



This is just a short email to thank you for organizing the visits of The Goalie Club to Missoula. Thank you!

It was an awesome kick in the breezers and a lot of fun. The coaches were absolutely outstanding and I learned a tremendous amount even though I was the old guy slowing everyone down. Those kids have so much energy but they probably don’t realize how lucky they are to be doing this at a young age.




When I first came to Shattuck I wasn't sure what to expect in working with a new goalie coach. Almost a year later I can tell you that working with Coach Des has been better than I could ever have imagined. Coach Des is an incredible teacher who makes certain that all aspects of my game are sharp and that I am always ready to compete. He has tremendous knowledge, is extremely supportive and always willing to give of his time. If you have a chance to work with Coach Des you should absolutely take advantage of it. Thank you Coach Des for making sure that I am always playing at the top of my game!

Aerin F.



Hi, Des

Thanks to you and the other TGC coaches for all the work you have done with Wyatt. He has clearly benefitted from your coaching and you and your coaches are certainly top-notch. My only hope is you hang in there until Wyatt gets through high school. 

Wyatt looks good and our plans are to start attending the MAHA goalie sessions beginning this Sunday. See you soon!

Steve W.



Hi Des!,

This is Katie. I Hope all is well. I wanted to let you know what a great experience I had at your camps this summer. Both my sister and brother and myself are so glad we had the opportunity to participate! Your drills and approach to training really helped us each week and I could see improvement on a lot of my own different skills. Also, both my brother and sister and I would be interested in being shooters for any other sessions coming up in the near future or even something a little later.

Thanks for everything,

Katie B.



Just wanted you guys to know that Zach looked great at his first tournament after the TGC camp. He went 12 consecutive periods of shut out hockey including 70 saves in a row. Total of 4 goals allowed in 5 games. I thought you guys would appreciate this. :-)

I should also mention that he was selected as one of the top 10 goalies in the state for an invite only tournament aimed at the top 2nd year Peewees. Should be a fun little tournament to watch and see how he stacks up against the best.

It's all the work you've done with Z-Man over the years that has made him the goalie he is today. I certainly can't help him and as you guys know most coaches don't know how to develop their goalies. Looking forward to another great season and watching him continue to evolve with your help. I love watching him play!

Greg H.



Thank you very much for all you do. I have to tell you that your camps are beyond compare. The organization, energy and enthusiasm you personally show as well as your staff for hockey and goal tending in particular I have not seen by any type of hockey camp owner. I was very pleased with watching my son grow as a goaltender over the course of 5 days. It was very refreshing to see your staff take the time to explain, correct and encourage each student as they went thru their stations and the time you personally took with each student had such a positive effect on their performance overall. Again I really appreciate all you and your staff do. Please give your staff a that-a-boy(girl) from us. Have a great fall and upcoming season.

Ryan & Hudgel S.



I thought I should let you know about the Mite games at New Ulm last Saturday. Two games at the same time, cross ice. New Ulm split their Mites A (good) and B (not so good) while Mankato just fielded two teams without considering ability. Wyatt played goalie and drew New Ulm A. He was absolutely peppered by shots, yet his team won 5-4 (the other game was 11-0 Mankato). Wyatt clearly was the difference in the game and I have had several Mankato and New Ulm coaches and parents tell me how well he played. Wyatt was "mobbed" by his teammates after the game.

No shots went under Wyatt's pads or through him. For the most part, he played with his pads on the ice and seems to have retained what you and the other coaches have been teaching him. If you have the chance, you may want to forward this message to Grant as I thought the 2 lessons he had with him were very helpful.

Thanks, Des.





Thank you so much for coming out to Missoula and especially for your patience with us more aged beer league guys. I had a blast. Hockey is going really well and everyone is noticing the changes in my game. I'm making a point of skating those circles every time I hit the ice; they're a great warm up.

Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to the spring clinic.




Thanks to Coach Des and his staff for a great week in Rapid City. I learned new things and was pushed to improve on movementd that I already knew. Coach Des is awesome to work with and hope to go again next summer.


Daryl S.



Coach Des,

We just want to say thank you. This was Luc’s first year attending one of your camps. He attended the Private Lesson Camp at Shattuck in June. It was amazing to see the difference and growth as a goalie from the first night to the last day. You and your staff are wonderful, encouraging, and truly want to see the goalies learn and grow each time on and off the ice, which we saw in him throughout the week. Luc has continued to work hard, and we are looking forward to another great travel season from him.

Luc is already wanting to come back and can’t wait till next year!!!

Again Thank You to you and your staff!!!

Rick, Tracy, & Luc H.



Dear Coach Des,

I would like to thank you again for the great experience I had last week at TGC. Just like last year, you have helped me become a better goaltender. It has been a privilege for me to be taught by such great coaching.

I am now ready to go into my evaluation camp in Montreal for Bantam AA -AAA and I am very confident in myself. I worked hard all summer especially at TGC. It was a great camp for me and I improved a lot on many skills that I had trouble with. I also looked at my evaluation report that I received in my folder. I compared it with last year's and I realize that I have made a lot of improvements with my game.

I had so much fun last week in all activities, and with the entire group, and I hope to come back next year to keep improving and getting better and better.

Thank you and good luck this season with all teams at SSM.

Thomas L.



Coach Des

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide the lessons for Kiron. He really enjoyed working with you. He attended the camp and Shattuck the following week. While he was a day camper he learned a lot about an away camp (something he has not done before) and what he'd need to do to be successful. He also enjoyed taking a lot of shots. He did not get as much out of the goalie training, and definitely would prefer to attend one of your camps for goalie training in the future.

Thanks again and have a great summer.

Priya M.



Congrats on 10years!!! It was Katie's best experience, which took to the next level. She was named To the ACHA All American 1st Team last year. Thanks Coach Des for helping make Katie's hockey so rewarding. Cheers

Robin S.




Thought I would let you know that Mikayla played outstanding tonight and kept her team in the game despite being out shot 31-6, of which 5 of our shots came in the 3rd period. Her save % was .903 which is a HUGE improvement from our last tournament. She was blocking the back door, making breadbasket saves and coming out and poke checking aggressive skaters. She kept them in it that's for sure. She said that was a 'normal' performance. If so, I'd like to see what outstanding looks like! There's a few videos posted on our team fb page, a parent was shooting from behind our net. She was moving much better as well this game.

Thanks for you help in her prep for this tournament! Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings vs. The Mavericks!

Lynnette B.



Thanks very much for your response Coach. I appreciate your time and I will look into those options. From our limited experience, your group has been first class.

Shaun K.



My son is Kevin Aldridge. He is playing for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the NAHL.  He just mentioned that Craig was his favorite coach throughout his career, so I thought I would try and reach out to Craig to let him know how he helped Kevin get to where he is.




Hi Des!! Eryn is doing great! She talks all the time about TGC and just Monday told me she thinks she's convinced a couple of her friends to come as shooters with her this summer. Bryan and I couldn't be more pleased with her play.  She incorporates everything you corrected her on and taught her - she is "beautiful" in the net. She plays for Chicago Young Americans U12- unfortunately even Bryan said it looks like the team doesn't play hard for her and expects her to always stand on her head. I have a few videos of some games and we review them (taken by another dad) and realize all the little things you helped with. Hope all is well and thank you for checking in!




Hi Des,

Little update on Mary Jane. Wow, has this kid turned it on. Due to an injury to her opposite goalie teammate Mary Jane has stepped up to fill the position so far beyond my expectations and her coaches. She is playing to give her teamates a fighting chance

She is working hard in practice. Has come off her line to the top of the crease. Her glove has improved dramatically and her willingness to block the lanes and take a hit while making the save is impressive.

When I asked her if Camp is coming back to her she says,"oh yea". She is happy, engaged and getting stronger in herself everyday. She laughs at the crowd now.

How cool is that.

Thanks to you and your staff.

Ralph P. Jr.



Coach Des,

Just wanted to send a quick update and well deserved "Thank You" for all that you and The Goalie Club coaches did for Joel this summer.  He has improved his game tremendously.  His head coach and the Orlando Youth Hockey Association goalie director described him to today as simply "Awesome"; easily keeping pace with two 98 AAA goalies, one of which was a NTDPSE selection last year.  He had them both trying to do your "switch foot" drill ("thigh burners" as Joel likes to call them) during center ice mirror drills. Your small shuffle adjustment drills have helped him over-come in-close adjustment problems he struggled with in the past.  Additionally, the constant tracking mental focus drills you guys drilled into him over those 2 weeks have instilled in him a "laser like attachment" to the puck whenever he is on the ice. We are off to Tampa next weekend for the Jr Bolts Labor Day Tournament and he is eager to put these skills to work.

P.S.  Looking forward to any camps you have scheduled over the Christmas break.    

Jim & Allison S.



Hi Des,

I hope that all your subsequent camps have gone well. Mary Jane, July 28th - Aug 3 camp, had a tremendous camp concerning her desire to play the position and willingness to to try and overcome adversity as a goalie. She firmly believes that she has accomplished a major feat in hockey. Without you and your tremendous staff this camp could have been a disaster for her. I can not tell you how proud I am of you and your crew. As to my daughter, your camp was perfect. Thank you and thank you towards your staff.

Warm Regards to you and yours and again thank you. 

Ralph P. Jr.



Thanks for the call, Gina really appreciated it a lot. Your much more than a Goalie coach for these guys and they are extremely lucky......

Steve S.



Coach Des,

I hope your year has been awesome!

Another hockey season has come and gone - what a whirlwind! Since our last communication attached below, Jack tried out for the Squirt travel team, made the team, was the starter throughout the season, collected 6  shut-outs in a 45 game season, his team won the state championship, finished with a .893 save percentage, he was invited to play in the Big Sky State games this weekend, and has been formally asked to join the Montana Thunderblades (select team of 11yo's) for the 2012-13 season. To him, the success he had is no coincidence. Before attending your camp last August he was considering hanging up the skates because his confidence was so low. He firmly believes that everything that's happened is a direct result of what he learned at TGC. So he's coming back!

Just need some advice: I presume that since he's only going to be 11 when he arrives and that he's been a goalie for 3 years that he should still enroll in the "Fundamental" camp? He believes that he still has many things from the fundamentals concepts to master that were taught last year. If so, would there be any additional advantage of going with a 2:1 ratio vs the 3:1?

Much appreciated - looking forward to seeing you this Summer!




Hi Des,

Thanks for the training sessions in Hutch this season.  It was very convenient to be right at our home arena...we loved that!  The trainers were excellent as usual.  Austin had to miss a few times due to scheduled Sunday evening Bantam games, but otherwise he was there every time that he could be.  We are bummed that TGC will no longer be in Hutch for the summer camp, but understand it's because we won't have available ice at that time.  So we will be siging up for either Eagan again or maybe Victoria.   

Also, just a side note.  About 3 weeks ago, Austin was asked to play up on our JV team because our Varisty goalie got into a bit of trouble at the end of the season.  We only have 2 goalies between our JV and Varsity Teams.  He played 3 end-of-season JV games and did an awesome job.  In fact some of the parents said they'd be petitioning for him to come back to JV next year.  But he's only a first year Bantam so I doubt that will happen.  He was asked on a Thursday night after practice to help the JV team out, and the next night he was in the net for a JV game against St. Cloud Cathedral with no prior practice with the team.  He played an amazing game and they only lost by 1 and it was because the coach pulled Austin out the net to put another skater out & they scored on an open net.  Then the following Tuesday they played in Delano (another top rated team) and he played very well again, and then almost had a shut-out on that last season game against Waconia last Friday night.  In the last 6 minutes of the game, he made the initial save but then it bounced off his own team-mate's leg and back into the net it went.  I was so nervous for him to play up but he's proved he can definitely handle it...we are so proud of him!...and it's all thanks to the four summers of TGC camps that he's attended and the help of your awesome coaching staff...he's on his way to being a great goaltender...Thank you!!

Michelle K.



Why TGC?

It is simple.....TGC is simply the best when it comes to training all levels of goaltenders. My son has been training with Coach Des and the TGC staff for more than 4 years. Coach Des is amazing with the goalies. The first thing that I noticed is that Coach Des knows every student by name, where they play, and their experience level before they even step out on the ice for the first training session. It is apparent that many of the goalies are very surprised when he greets them using their name during the warm-up skate. Goalies respond to him because he takes a vested interest in "who" each goalie is. He communicates with each goalie, always building their awareness and self-esteem. Coach Des has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with the students. The TGC philosophy is based on building on each goalies strengths as well as provide tools and alternative techniques to improve any weaknesses that a goalie may have, rather than dictate how a goalie should play. Coach Des carefully selects his support staff, ensuring that they bring the same personal focus when working with the goalies. He and his staff come thoroughly prepared each training session with a fun but challenging practice plan and they execute it flawlessly. The focus of each practice plan begins with skating and edge work (which is often overlooked by most other goalie training providers) and follows through with 4 or more "skill stations" where a drill to enhance specific skills are taught.

The bottom line is we choose TGC because of Coach Des, his staff and quality training. My son would not be the goalie that he is without Coach Des and the TGC staff.

Dave E.



"Six years ago our daughter Lauren came home from school and announced that she wanted to play hockey, as a goalie. She also proclaimed that her goals were to play D1 and Olympic hockey. Pretty lofty goals for a 4th grader, especially since we knew very little about hockey and even less about goaltending! So we sought out training for her and an education for our family. As luck would have it, Des Christopher was running a goalie camp in our hometown. What an incredible experience! That camp gave our daughter the foundation she needed to pursue her goals. Over the past six years it has been truly amazing to watch our daughter progress physically and psychologically by working with Des and The Goalie Club staff. Their knowledge of this demanding position and their ability to connect and communicate with our daughter has allowed her to clearly understand what she must master to progress to the next level. If your child wants to become the best goaltender they can be, I strongly urge you to contact Des about joining The Goalie Club. It has been the best hockey decision we have made!"

DuWayne J. (Father of Harvard University's Lauren Joarnt)


BrodeurHaving my sons at Shattuck and at The Goalie Club for the past years gives me peace of mind that their development is taken care of with the structure of the goalie program, and at the same time, being themselves in the way that they believe the position should be played. It's been a great experience for my boys. 

Martin Brodeur
New Jersey Devils / Future Hall of Famer



Hi Coach Des!

Hope all is well! Just want to let you know Luke had a great time at camp this past summer. This was his first time doing the boarding. He was a little nervous going into it, but ended up loving it and enjoyed the extra time to get to know the players and coaches. He improved so much from the camp. A huge thanks to you and your staff - you are all amazing. The best in the biz! Luke's hockey season is off to a great start. He made the PeeWee AA team for Eden Prairie, and they took 2nd place in the Big Pumpkin Tournament in Rochester. They won a sudden death shoot-out against Stillwater to go to the Championship. Luke played awesome - it was very intense! Just signed him up for the holiday camp in December. He is looking forward to it! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Nicole E.



Hi Des,

Just a short email to inform you that Roberto will be going to the U-20 World Championship in December with the Spanish National Team. The list just came out and he’s one of the goalies!! Thanks for your help and hope to see you again next summer.

Javier G.



Brady HjelleHi Des,

Brayden’s team won their State Season Tournament 18UA. Due to COVID, his team traveled to one tournament in October but haven’t played any games until State Tournament!! Thank you for the training The Goalie Club coaches have given him. Each year I see him use the skills he has learned from The Goalie Club. He also received 3 player of the game awards at this tournament. He is technically 16U so we are looking forward to the next couple of years that he gets to play this wonderful game and looking forward to camp this summer.



Florian WHi Des

Hope you and family are doing good. I just wanted to let you know that Bella made it to AAA at 14U TI this past season and went to Nationals and has recently been added to the 16U Mission team this upcoming year. Hopefully we will get to see you if schedules work out. 

You and your team at TGC were the first real instructional camp for her if you remember 2014!!! We came 3 years in a row and a Christmas clinic. I had no clue if my daughter at 7 years old would want to quit after a day or two to play with her 2 siblings at the hotel pool. I drove 6 hours to MN on Father's Day to Faribult that day and found out that week that I actually had a goaltender not a goalie! Was a great fathers day gift. I tell this story all the time and the funniest part is I had NO idea how much SSM was a great hockey prep school with a dedicated Goaltender coach! Hope to see to u soon.


Hi Coach Des,

I wanted to let you know how much the holiday camp helped Soren. The next game that he played was his best game ever, and multiple parents commented to my husband and I on how great Soren played! We will sign up for additional training with TGC. Thank you!

Kara P.



In Florida, we have access to Goalie camps affiliated with NHL clubs within 8 hours in all directions. We choose to travel 24 hours for The Goalie Club. I first met Des when he was a Division 1 goalie, who had signed on to play the role of the spoiler. His community loved him for it.

Decades later, I can see that he cares as much, if not more, about developing the heart and mind of a goaltender as he does the skill set. He's seen it all, he's affiliated with champions, his staff remains committed. They know our son's story. They care about his development, and everyone else who touches the ice with him. My wife has coached for decades as well. One of her greatest criteria for any coach is, "do they know the player's name?"

I knew the man as a Maverick before the camp, my son trusted my judgement and loves the camp! My wife, the North Dakota fan, is enjoying our week in Mankato more and more every year. Why don't you join us!

Scott E.



Thank you coach Des for such a wonderful week last week! Caden talked on and on about how much he learned and LOVED camp! I even got tested on my goalie knowledge on the way home as he reviewed his test.

Thank you SO very much, we really appreciate it!

Laura L.



Hey Des

Thanks for a great camp for Riley last week. He really, really enjoyed it. Saw him stronger on the posts this weekend in our tournament - and we got second place!

Maury B.



Hi Coach,

I just want to thank you and your staff for a great week and for putting on such a great camp! Brecken doesn't like waking up early, but he had no problem/little problem getting up at 5AM to get to hockey camp on time! I was very impressed your staff knew the kids' names by Tuesday and the bonds that were formed so quickly-incredible!

Everyone was so encouraging, and supportive, yet the expectations were high and the kids had to work hard. The drills were new to Brecken, he couldn't walk after the first 2 days he was so sore. He learned so much and can not wait to go back. Thank you!

Thanks again for a great week at camp!

Michelle E.




I know you have worked with a lot of high profile goaltenders throughout the years and work daily with some of the nations top kids in your role at SSM, but I want to thank you for for the other kids you have helped.

Isaac started his goalie career 20 months ago when he attended his first Goalie Club Camp. Prior to that Isaac had played his last 8 seasons as a skater. I told him he was crazy for making the change to goaltender his first year of Bantams. He told me he would put in the time and effort it would take.

Fast forward 20 months and Isaac and his Bantam A team from Dodge County made it to the State tournament. I just wanted to say thank you for the time and effort you and your staff put into kids like Isaac.

Dan D.



Hi Des

My daughter Kazhmyr was one of your goalies this Sunday that had lessons. I felt is was important to tell you that I really liked everything that I saw. My daughter worked hard, learned alot and really enjoyed it as well. The coaches did great as well. After the first hour one of them talked to me briefly about Kazhmyr. That was all so great for me to hear what he had to say. Hoping to get some more Sundays up there with you. Thank you again and hope to be back up soon.

Daniel M.



Thanks Des. She really loved the camp! Thanks so much for helping her develop her game. 

Jeremy U.



Hey Des,

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for all the years of training to help Calen. We had our last reg season game tonight against Lourdes which we won 2-1. Calen is having a great year, and it’s one of Albert Lea’s best seasons ever, he has worked very hard but without you and TGC he wouldn’t have the skill set he has. Just want you to know how much you are appreciated by our family and say “Thanks”.

Matt H.



Florian WHello Coach Des,

I hope this message finds you well.

We moved to Anchorage last summer, and Florian tried out for one of the comp teams, the Alaska All Stars U12 Major. He got on the team, and he has had an awesome season.

Lake Superior is playing UAA this weekend, so we decided to check out one of their practices, obviously to see Nick. Florian was excited to see Nick in action. But what really blew his mind is when Nick gave him a Bauer Supreme 2 Pro stick (it just had a little ding)! A priceless gift for a young goalie (see attached pix)! Florian is looking forward to continue working with you.

TGC - let's go for it!

Laurent D.



Coach Dez,

I wanted to let you know about Brennan's first tournament since his camp in late June.  That camp was the first extensive formal training that he's ever gotten.  Other than that he'd had some skills sessions and whatever the association, his AAA teams, or his brother Easton have been able to do for him. 

His Ice Clams team went to the Northern Exposure Tournament in Duluth this weekend and even though the team itself was honestly outclassed, Brennan shined and I'm trying not to sound too much like a proud dad.  Both he and I had numerous parents and coaches tell us how great he was doing and what a change they'd seen in him.  He generally gets a lot of praise but this was specific saying that he looked like a different goalie out there; always in the right position, challenging shooters, tracking the puck, making glove or blocker saves through heavy traffic.  I don't think he had one break away get past him this weekend. 

So I just wanted to say that your program made a big impact on him so far.

Eric S.



I want to thank you so much.  My son Carter attended your goalie program at Shattuck last week and I am so impressed by the way things went and how much he learned and was still able to have fun. 

Anthony M.



Our son Tyler trained with you a few years back. Tyler played for Monticello and had a great [State 1A ] tournament.

Thanks for everything you taught him when he was younger. He needed every bit of it. He has never found another person he has truly enjoyed working with.

Jeff K.



Fantastic! Max SOOOO enjoys these sessions. We use it as a reward for other behavior.

I also wanted to give you some feedback on your coaches. Max has so much respect for coach Isaac. He provides clear, understandable instruction, plenty of positive reinforcement and doesn't let the players slack off. The practices are well organized with consistent warm ups and stretching (which Max uses in his regular practice and games) followed by station work with immediate and constructive feedback.

Max is young but we can see the results of these sessions in his regular play. He has greater focus, more refined technique and is building a solid foundation on which to develop his skills.

Thank you for running a great program.

Terry L.



We do Spring hockey and then do summer goalie camps. The Goalie Club is absolutely excellent for goalies, almost no shooters allowed. Mostly in Minnesota but the goalies work on everything from skating, glove saves, angles, visual training, leadership and emotional intelligence.

Courtney Ann D.



Hi Coach,

I wanted to thank you for coming to Des Moines and putting on an absolutely amazing camp this weekend. My son Wyatt has only been playing goalie for a year and this instruction was perfectly done for him. He had so much fun and I was impressed with how you guys were able to work so easily with all levels of goalies. We are so happy and feel that this camp was worth every penny. I truly hope you and your wonderful coaches will make another trip to Des Moines again! Thanks again

Jessica & Jason M.




I am not the one that normally sends out an email after going to training session but I wanted to drop you a note about our first experience with the goalie club.

I wanted to compliment you and your staff regarding our experience during the skills session yesterday. Gavin showed up and was a little apprehensive as every 7 year old would be. Isaac spoke to him in the locker room prior to getting on the ice and asked if he had any questions. Gavin got on the ice and I must say I was very impressed. Being a goaltender that played at the Junior A level, I have been exposed to a lot of different coaches and styles. Isaac and Will were excellent. The individualized attention, the drills, and the focus on fundamental skills were hands down great.

I spoke with Isaac after the training when he came in to follow up with Gavin and I, I explained to him that Gavin only plays goalie half time right now as he focuses on his skating skills. I am bringing Gavin to the Goalie Club to be built from the ground up without any bad habits. Isaac was very complimentary on how Gavin picked up some skills and shared some areas that Gavin should work on in between sessions. Once again, the sign of a great mentor and coach.

Once again, Please pass along to Isaac and Will that they did an amazing job and Gavin is excited about his next training already. He couldn't stop talking all the way back to Rosemount after yesterday.

Chris J.




I am not the one that normally sends out an email after going to training session but I wanted to drop you a note about our first experience with the goalie club.

I wanted to compliment you and your staff regarding our experience during the skills session yesterday. Gavin showed up and was a little apprehensive as every 7 year old would be. Isaac spoke to him in the locker room prior to getting on the ice and asked if he had any questions. Gavin got on the ice and I must say I was very impressed. Being a goaltender that played at the Junior A level, I have been exposed to a lot of different coaches and styles. Isaac and Will were excellent. The individualized attention, the drills, and the focus on fundamental skills were hands down great.

I spoke with Isaac after the training when he came in to follow up with Gavin and I, I explained to him that Gavin only plays goalie half time right now as he focuses on his skating skills. I am bringing Gavin to the Goalie Club to be built from the ground up without any bad habits. Isaac was very complimentary on how Gavin picked up some skills and shared some areas that Gavin should work on in between sessions. Once again, the sign of a great mentor and coach.

Once again, Please pass along to Isaac and Will that they did an amazing job and Gavin is excited about his next training already. He couldn't stop talking all the way back to Rosemount after yesterday.

I look forward to speaking in the near future.

Chris P.



We were really impressed with the difference that the Goalie Club camp made in JP's play. He came back home looking like he really knew what he was doing. I look forward to bringing him up there for more coaching throughout the year.

A couple of weeks ago, JP played goal in a youth stick time at a local rink here in Atlanta. There was one Div I and several NAHL and NA3HL players on the rink. JP looked good and still made some good plays.

I know that I am probably just a proud dad talking, but for having just started ice goalie in April, I think he looks pretty good. I am sure that over the years you will make him look better.

Rick D.



Just wanted to say "thank you" to you and your staff for the goalie session today. Cam really enjoyed it and learned "a ton", in his words. Thank you for offering this service- we hope to find some other opportunities to get over that way and take advantage further.

Peter W.



Hey Des!

Thanks for the message! Tyler thought it was so cool!

He was in the Chisago Lakes tourney this weekend and his team won the Championship! Tyler had three shut-outs in a row, which helped him win Outstanding Goalie of the tournament!

Thanks for being great coaches and we will be at the Holiday Camp!!

Steve A.



Dear Des,
I know that Charlie had a great time at camp and learned so much. He is determined to make a crickleball bat out of his current goalie stick! Let us know when you have the dates for next year's camp, we would love to continue with TGC.

Thanks again,

Betsy & David Edmondson



Hey Coach Des,

Thanks for the great camp experience last week. Tim absolutely loved it and was bummed that it went by so fast. He was extremely happy with everything. I wanted to check with you to see if you will be having small group skills training this fall at SSM other days than Sunday.

Thanks again

Gary P.



Just wanted to send you a quick note Thanking you again for your camp in Eagan. Ashli and Mea both loved it and I can see improved in both of them at our weekly skates since. They can’t wait to come down for another one. Thanks Again!

Jon J.



Hi Coach Des,

I hope all is well. Anthony really enjoyed the camp this summer.

Thanks again to you and your team for providing him with a great experience at the camp.

Glenn C.



Mikko 8 games since the holiday camp:

.934 sv% .875 GAA. 4 shutouts. 1 SO win. 2 tournament 'chips. The SO today allowed only 1 goal in 7 shooters...totally awesome game!!! She goes for it! She's playing well right now, finally hitting her stride after the concussion. Camp helped tremendously!

Thanks Des!

Lynnette B.



Hi Coach Des! I just wanted to share a pic with you of Kieran. It was from this past weekend in Rapid City at a first-year Squirt level hockey tournament. The Oahe Capitals won the tournament by winning all 4 games. Kieran goalied 2 of the 4 games, including the championship game (where this pic was taken.) The Capitals scored 26 goals total against all of their opponents and only allowed 9 goals total in all 4 games; of those 9 goals, 2 were in Kier's first game goalieing and 3 in his last game goalieing (the championship game.) Most importantly, he's becoming more confident, more relaxed, is relying on his technique more instinctively, and is falling in love with goalieing again. :)

Just wanted to share the good news with you and your staff! Everyone's hard work in your summer camp is manifesting itself. :)

Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!

Shelby F, Kieran D, & Pierre



Hello TGC Staff,

Thank you much for all of your help over the past couple of season! You have help me become very comfortable in the goalie position. I have learned thing that have helped me be successful. Three weeks after attending the Mankato camp my Storm AAA team competed in the Combat Cup. Our team went 5-0 on our way to winning the Championship. I had a GAA of 1 on the weekend. I so posted a shut out. This is proof that TGC can help you get the best best out of your self.

Emerald K.



Hi Coach Des! I just wanted to share a pic with you of Kieran. It was from this past weekend in Rapid City at a first-year Squirt level hockey tournament. The Oahe Capitals won the tournament by winning all 4 games. Kieran goalied 2 of the 4 games, including the championship game (where this pic was taken.) The Capitals scored 26 goals total against all of their opponents and only allowed 9 goals total in all 4 games; of those 9 goals, 2 were in Kier's first game goalieing and 3 in his last game goalieing (the championship game.) Most importantly, he's becoming more confident, more relaxed, is relying on his technique more instinctively, and is falling in love with goalieing again. :)

Just wanted to share the good news with you and your staff! Everyone's hard work in your summer camp is manifesting itself. :)

Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!

Shelby F, Kieran D, & Pierre



Coach Des,

Our 10 year old has been to your camp in Mankato for two years and he has also been to other skater camps over the past 4 years. This is the best run camp of them all as it gets him involved with older goalies that he looks up to and he then works to their level. I love the fact that they still have fun but are expected to compete and work at a higher level. It is a camp that shows kids all the things that go into playing goalie from on the ice to off, physical and mental. By far the best camp around. As the TGC world grows we now house a Junior goalie from MN that went to TGC camps for many years and he looking to get to collegiate level. He and our son speak the same TGC language every day in all their stories.

Thanks for everything you do with the TGC camps!!

Matt L.



Coach Des,

Thank you!!! These are wonderful. With me and my husband being over 900 miles away I really appreciate you and your team taking the time to do this. Cameron is having the time of his life and loving your camp!! I just cannot say thank you enough to you and your team! Have a great Wednesday!

Sharyn C.



Des and staff,

My son Jake Ball attended your camp in Mankato last week. This was his first time training with TGC other than a couple of clinics held in Albert Lea over Christmas break. I just wanted to tell you what a great experience it was for him, he had a blast! He would come home each day and write his own notes on the daily handouts and tell us all about the drills, video sessions, trivia, games etc. Kudos to you and your team for having the perfect balance of top notch instruction, hard work & fun. Jake will definitely be back!

Sarah B.



Hi Coach, just wanted to thank you again for setting up the lesson for my son Ryan. He had an awesome time, and Coach Grant was terrific! The payment is in the mail, and if you have any coaches that are interested we'd love to have him back during the last week of August (or close to it). Thanks again and have a great week.





Just wanted to say how much you and your coaches have touched our family and especially Noah and his self esteem. We are forever greatful for the high level of professionalism and courtesy you have shown Noah and your other goalies.

Thank you!

Todd B.



Thanks Coach,

Aubrey Mckay, would be very interested in doing the camp again in the fall. She said, "that was amazing, and had a really great time".

Justin M.



Chris was a little in shock last night, he hung up the phone and could hardly speak for a few minutes.  :-)  One of the scouts told Chris that he was shocked that he had gotten that good by playing with such a poor HS team.  With hard work and the support of people like YOU Des, he most certainly can! 

Thank you for all you do for our goalies.  Knowing you (and The Goalie Club) are there for Chris has meant a lot to our family.

Tracie A.



Thanks for the camp today!  He loved it!  He won't stop talking about it!

Ryan K.



Hi Des,

Hope you and your family are doing well. Just thought I’d let you know that Peter got his first college win in net last week. He’s a Plebe Midshipman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point , NY.  They play ACHA in the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference, in and around New York City. He’s enjoying hockey and having fun with it, which is good because a Plebe’s life is pretty much designed to eliminate fun. He’s going to become a commercial deck officer, possibly on oil tankers. Over his sophomore/junior year he will spend a whole year at sea, travelling around the world. Just wanted to give you an update on your former student. Thanks for all you do, and have a good Thanksgiving.

Ben T.



Dear Coach Des, 

I wanted to tell you that I was selected for the Richelieu Patriotes Pee wee AA last week. I am very happy. I want to thank you for the help and advice and time spent with me on the ice during The Goalie Club camp. 

I played well throughout the three weeks of evaluations. There were 25 goalies for four jobs. 

Thank you again for the support. I really enjoyed my visit in Minnesota.  Good luck to you and the Sabres.  

See you next year.  

Thomas L.



Hi Des,
Jessica thoroughly enjoys being a shooter at TGC; it's one of her favorite camps of the summer.

She's get in a ton of shots during the week and the repetition helps to increase her shooting skills each time.

Jess also enjoys the fun interaction with the coaches and the friendly competition with the goalies, as she tries to score on them!

As a parent, I appreciate that she looks forward to going each day.  In addition, the low cost makes the camp a great value.

We plan to sign up for the full-day session next summer, since she feels the half-day goes by too quickly!

Keep up the great work.  The coaching staff is awesome!

See you next year.





Eryn had the BEST time and didn't want to come home. She said all the goalies, your staff and YOU were the nicest people she has ever met! And on top of all that - she said it was awesome and hard :) Erika and Eryn became best friends along with a young man from Florida PRICELESS All the best till next summer.

Marcia C.



Coach Des,

I just picked up Oliver at the airport he had the best time. Thank you very much he loved it and learned a lot, every night he would tell me how hard he was working and the new drills he has learned. This is the first camp he has ever been too. He can't wait until next years camp. Thanks again.

Jeff B.




The weekend at the Meltdown was fantastic and beyond everyone's expectations! The team she played with ended up taking 3rd place, not a bad accomplishment considering the team was thrown together for this tournament and had never practiced together!

The first game was a little rough, as you can imagine with no practice time, AND we had to play the Blades first (they won the tournament). Conservatively, Mikayla faced over 20 SOG just in the first period, allowing 6 goals and all were rebounds as the defense just wasn't used to each other yet and didn't clear the puck. But the team finally settled down and the Blades were only able to score 4 goals on 23 SOG in the remaining 2 periods. She only wished she had one back she said, as one girl went short side as she was making her move to the post. She had not been rocked like that since she was a first year U8, so her confidence was a bit shaken.

BUT both she and her team rose to the occasion, winning the next 4 games. Together they only allowed 3 goals on 43 SOG in 4 games with 2 shutouts! The 3rd place game was 7-0 pounding of the '02 Machine from Minnesota Made. Mikayla had a very crucial save late in the first period when we were up 2-0, a butterfly slide toward the center of the crease, catching and clutching the puck just as Grant had showed her last week. It was the save of the game in my opinion as it would have made it a one goal game and momentum would have swung in their favor. (Only wished I'd had it on video, it was a very sweet save!)

Overall, it was a fantastic experience for her in net, and the training lessons she had leading up to this event were key in her preparation and success in this tournament. Thank you for arranging to have Grant work with her, the time spent with her at Shattuck was well worth the performance she had and the outcome she experienced was priceless.

Lynnette B.




He is playing a lot better.  He is staying in the ready position longer and his focus on the puck has improved too.  We can see that he is more aware of where the puck is during practice and is not flopping around so much in front of the goal.  They have their first game this week so we will see if more transfers to the game situation this week.  Thanks for all of your help.  It is a great experience for Khrystjan.  He is learning a lot. Thank You.

Bob P.



Last weekend, my team went to Duluth for a tournament, pretty much our last tryout. On the last day of the tournament, they told me that I would the back-up for Varsity and starter for JV! Not many 7th graders can beat out a freshman, and back up for a senior! I owe most of my success to The Goalie Club! Thanks to all the staff that have helped me through my life as a goalie!

With Thanks

Jessica K.



The Goalie Club and Des Christopher have been a valuable addition to our hockey program at Shattuck –St. Mary’s. His approach to teaching the skills for the goaltender position are based on a solid base of fundamentals which is the same as we have for all of our players in our program. Our goalies have benefited from Des and his staff’s time spent with our kids both on and off the ice. I would recommend The Goalie Club for any goalie looking for professional instruction, from great people.”

Tom Ward (Director of Shattuck St. Mary's)



Since I started working with Coach Des and the TGC staff a few years ago my game has improved immensely. TGC not only stresses the importance of the basic fundamentals, but also adds the latest styles and techniques to make your game as successful as possible. They accept nothing but your very best, and their passion for the game will likely rub off on you as well. They also focus on developing the complete person as much as the complete goaltender, knowing that your success on the ice starts away from the rink.

Kevin Murdock (NCAA D1 MN State, USHL 08-09 All-Star)



I have been training exclusively with Coach Des and The Goalie Club since grade school. From learning the basic fundamentals to advanced situational play, on and off the ice, Des has helped me develop into the goaltender I am today. A starting varsity goaltender in high school, a top performing goaltender in the State High School Championships, and now playing in the USHL - TGC made it happen for me!

Tyler Bruggeman (USHL/NAHL Goaltender)



"My son Danny had been to many goaltender camps, and didn't find one he liked until he met Des. We've been with Des and his camps, and wouldn't go anywhere else. Des challenges the goalies to get better, and encourages them at the same time. He's great on both the technical and the mental aspects of being a goaltender. We're happy we've spent so much time with Des and would recommend his camps to any goaltender that wants to improve."

Bob M.