Chris Dyson has defied death many times. He understands adversity and despite incredible odds stacked against him, he has always followed his passion and done what he felt was right. He is a man with vision and perseverance.
He is passionate about hockey -- specifically, goaltending. He believes enjoyment of the game for minor hockey-aged goalies is paramount, and that this can be achieved by developing better coaching skills, which will inspire confidence through improved play. Dyson’s goal is to positively affect 50,000 goaltenders and coaches in minor hockey which will encourage kids to stay in the game longer and enjoy it more
He is on a mission is to change the game of hockey from the grassroots up, by providing coaches with the tools and knowledge to properly help their goaltenders and keep the game fun for everyone. Young goaltenders and their parents face adversity and frustration every day due to a lack of proper training and education for minor hockey coaches. Chris has been witness to many disheartening situations, involving well-meaning coaches trying to teach to impressionable young goaltenders, but unknowingly destroying confidence and enthusiasm as a result of their improper direction, and poor coaching skills.
Dyson is a published author and professional Goalie Coach/Consultant with nearly 30 years experience, coaching students from 18 countries, His biggest disappointment is seeing so many young goalies quit the game they love, because of misdirection, improper coaching and a lack of empathy.
Dyson's critically acclaimed book Target Practice - 8 Mistakes That Ruin a Love of the game was written to help coaches and parents better understand the Essential Core Goaltending Skills (ECGS’s). He has also created a free online resource to help coaches (targetpracticeinitiative.com). The site includes videos writes material and much more, with the intent of developing an awareness of proper goaltender training throughout minor hockey
Established in 1988, Puckstoppers Goaltending Development is one of the longest running goalie schools on the plant. Students have attended from 18 countries, at 6 locations throughout Canada, USA and Europe.
Puckstoppers is proud of their commitment to skills development, but also for having the ability to push students harder than they have ever been pushed before, while honing mental toughness and still having fun!
The 12 summer programs are each designed to challenge a specific age and skill level, while fostering confidence and determination. Instructors are chosen based on their personality, ability to connect and their prowess for effective communication skills. This combination is what separates Puckstoppers from many other programs.
Nick Alderton, MHK, is a Professional Member with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) and a graduate of the University of Ottawa where he obtained a Masters of Human Kinetics, specializing in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Through his company, Aspire Performance Consulting, he has provided mental training to athletes and teams competing in regional, provincial, national, and international level competitions. A former hockey goalie, he has a passion for helping hockey players develop mental skills that allow them to reach higher levels of performance and well-being.
Currently working with athletes in Calgary, Nick facilitates workshops on topics such as focus, positive self-talk, mental imagery, teamwork, communication, goal setting, and energy management. He also works with individual athletes, where he listens, supports, challenges, and encourages them to develop a mindset that will help them reach higher levels of performance. His ultimate goal is to help athletes gain the self-awareness of what makes them perform at their best, so that they become the experts of themselves.
Nick can be booked for team and individual sessions through his website
www.aspireperformanceconsulting.com. For clients located outside of Calgary, he provides online sessions through Skype.
Brenley Shapiro is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Certified Mental Game Coach. She has been in private practice for over 15 years, working with individuals, children, families and athletes, and is the founder of Heads Up Mental Game Coaching.
Established in 2011, Heads Up is a comprehensive training academy focused on developing all aspects of an athlete’s mental game and specializes in work with hockey players.
Brenley has a true passion for helping players develop a strong mindset in order to facilitate the pathway towards success, both on and off the ice. Her work is gaining momentum and drawing attention from athletes and organizations across Canada and the U.S. by positively impacting the overall quality of the competitive playing experience and helping players reach their full development potential.
Dr. Thomas Lam is a sports scientist, chiropractor and owner of FITS with two locations in Toronto and Oakville. The FITS flagship location is inside Buckingham Arena, a facility also known as the Institute of Hockey Excellence. Dr. Lam is focused on building better athletes by improving movement qualities to help prevent injuries, manage existing injuries and help improve sport performance. He has developed elite level athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL and Olympics from the grassroots level. His company is not your typical gym or sports medicine clinic. For more information about his company and how FITS is changing hockey by how we train.
Mike Pickles, D.FHP
Off-ice Hockey Training Specialist
Mike is the Founder of drylandhockeytraining.com and Creator of Explosive Hockey Speed. He's a top Strength Coach in the South Surrey area of British Columbia and has rapidly established himself as a leader in the community for specializing in off-ice hockey development. Mike prepares high level players in the off-season at the Major Midget and Junior level, getting them ready for the CHL and NCAA. Mike is also a presenter and speaker on High Performance Hockey and in his spare time helps with the WHL Combine testing for the Okanagan Hockey Group.
Mike Fabbro is a former multi-sport athlete who won provincial titles in wrestling in high school and university. After graduating from RMC in Kingston with a Commerce degree, Mike took up windsurfing and won multiple national and international titles. His sense of adventure led him to snowboarding and he went on to author the book Snowboarding: The Ultimate Freeride, which sold over 20,000 copies. Mike then took up taekwondo, where he trained and competed at the elite level and earned a black belt. His age and injuries led him to yoga and he has been teaching it ever since 2005.
Unsatisfied with the quality of training offered to young athletes, Mike created the Dragon Warrior program, which fuses the best of the East and West, is very age specific and has been training young hockey players for four years. His youngest son, Curtis, plays competitive hockey at the bantam level in Ottawa.
Tyler Baigrie is bringing his passion for hockey and fitness to HockeyNow. The upcoming writer has a past of elite-level hockey and a drive to unlock peak performance. Baigrie has taught himself high-level calisthenics and has been known to achieve extreme feats of strength, mobility and balance. The former season ticket holder of the Oshawa Generals has attended and played in six different NHL arenas. His goal is to help all HockeyNow readers step up their game through what they do off the ice.
My name is Kirk Budden, born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto, Ontario to pursue my passion of hockey, in a different fashion. I come from a devote hockey family where I practically grew up in a rink which shaped my obsession with the game.
I played competitively at the high school level and dabbled in a few junior camps before making beer league the next step in my career. Writing became an opportunity for me when I was able to take the voices in my head bickering about some hot topic in hockey and put it to paper.
Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Greg grew up playing a variety of sports and became a longtime fan of the Vancouver Canucks. After high school, he lived abroad for a year before coming back home and deciding to pursue a career in sports medicine.
Greg Cugnet completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia in 2013, and then went on to complete his Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2016.
Following his return to Vancouver, Greg began working with the UBC men’s ice hockey team in 2017. He is very interested in steering his career towards hockey rehabilitation, and has a particular interest in hip and knee injuries. Greg is dedicated to educating hockey players of all levels on ways to prevent and improve understanding of common hockey injuries.
Born and raised on the prairies, Steve headed west from Saskatoon to complete the Digital Communications and Media program at Lethbridge College and now resides in Calgary.
Having a passion for playing and following sports, Steve decided to find a career in journalism after no scouts found him on the outdoor rinks in Saskatchewan. He has helped cover the Lethbridge Hurricanes, university and college sports with Lethbridge Campus Media. Along with hockey he has been able to dive in and cover sledge hockey, basketball, golf and baseball.
He writes and focuses on minor hockey in Alberta and B.C. for HockeyNow.
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