Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Goaltending School

My son has been a goaltender for three years. During that time, he attended eight different goaltending camps and participated in numerous one-on-one training sessions. By far, David Marcoux School of Goaltending (DMSG) was the best investment we ever made. Very impressive. We liked what we saw and he thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

In a quiet, unassuming manner, David Marcoux has developed and delivers an exceptional camp with proven results. Even before opening night I was impressed. When I had a question after registration prior to camp, my email received a prompt and personal reply. We were provided with preliminary conditioning exercises developed by Calgary Flames strength and conditioning coach, Rick Hesketh. These were excellent preparation for camp.

On opening night, check-in was organized and efficient. Each student received a camp t-shirt and was fitted for a proper-sized goalie-cut jersey. The jersey was then personalized with their name in time for the student to take it home after the opening session. After check-in, both parents and students were invited to hear keynote speaker Kelly Hrudey, a respected commentator and former goaltender, who delivered a personable, informative and encouraging talk.

The entire camp was professionally run: well organized and carefully structured. Administration and photography were handled efficiently by André Marcoux, who just happens to be David's father. Sessions were led by well-qualified, experienced instructors under the watchful supervision of David Marcoux. Mr. Marcoux spoke personally to students throughout the week and worked individually with the advanced and professional groups. Opportunity was given for dialogue regarding what was taught and questions were encouraged. My son enjoyed rubbing shoulders with NHL goaltending prospects, draft picks and trainers. There was a good balance between on-ice, dryland and mental training sessions. On ice videos were reviewed at the end of each day for additional coaching and training.

I found the cost of the camp to be competitive, thanks in part to the involvement of reputable sponsors. The students were given well-balanced hot meals at lunch and other nutritious snacks were provided throughout the day. There was no push to sell product.

At the end of camp, parents were able to attend a closing session where David Marcoux personally presented certificates to all the participants and gave awards to individual winners of the shoot-out competition. Mr. Marcoux made sure all those that wanted photographs were able to take snapshots during the presentations and took time afterwards to speak to anyone who had questions or comments.

In tryouts this fall, my son performed very well and was drafted to a Bantam AAA team. After two weeks of practices and exhibition games, he made the final cut last night and will be one of two goalies on the team. Thanks are due to the excellent training he received from David Marcoux and his colleagues at DMSG.

A can't wait for next year's camp. We are deeply grateful for the training he received and the resulting improvement in his personal performance. If anyone is considering a goaltending school for their child, DMSG is the one we would whole-heartedly recommend.