The second edition of the Goaltenders Development Camp, organized and hosted by the QMJHL, was held on August 11 and 12 of 2018.
Held at the Complexe 2 Glaces Honco of Lévis, the camp welcomed a total of 66 goaltenders, including 39 that came from QMJHL teams. The 27 other puckstoppers were 15 years old and came from the different integrated structures associated with the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League (QMAAAHL).
The camp took place under the supervision of Sylvain Rodrigue, Assistant Goaltending Coach for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and father of current Drummondville Voltigeurs starting netminder, Olivier Rodrigue.
The players were not the only ones to benefit from Mr. Rodrigue and his associate’s valuable advice since roughly 30 Goaltending Coaches from the QMJHL and QMAAAHL also learnt valuable lessons and refinement techniques over the weekend.
On top of the on-ice portion, the goaltenders and coaches also received specific training for netminders that included a yoga workshop (by Sandra Tremblay), as well as a workshop on statistical analysis and goaltender evaluation in relation to different game situations and types of shots (by Jonathan Deschênes / Pass Hockey).
Many guest speakers also dropped by to share their knowledge by offering conferences such as; a conference on a goaltender’s professional path and the other alternatives that are available to him (by Frédéric Chabot, Goaltending Development Coach / Minnesota Wild), a conference on mental preparation (by Marc-Antoine Roussel, Master’s degree in sports psychology) and a conference on the work of a professional scout and his goaltending evaluation criteria (by Jérôme Mesonero, Amateur scout / Colorado Avalanche).
With five QMJHL goaltenders selected by NHL franchises in the latest Entry Draft, it will be interesting to see the QMJHL Goaltenders Development Camp’s repercussions during the upcoming years NHL and QMJHL drafts!