Being a goalie is one of the most challenging and rewarding positions in all of sports. Yet the time and level of quality guidance that is paid to goaltenders often falls short which leaves players, parents and coaches uninspired about the position. We see sports and the position of goaltending as a tremendous opportunity to teach athletes valuable life lessons that will guide and serve them long after they hang up their skates.
Brennan Poderzay, Goalie Director
Brennan Poderzay hails from the small town of Tower, Minnesota but his hockey ability has allowed him to travel the world. Brennan was a standout player at Hibing High School and went on to play Junior Hockey after graduating. He played one year in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and two years in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). From there, he played for the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, where his performance allowed him to take the ice at the professional level. He played professional hockey for six years, five of which were in Europe with stops in Finland, France, The Netherlands and Slovenia. Brennan also serves as the Minnesota Regional Goalie Scout and mentor for the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) as well as the goalie coach for The University of Minnesota State Mankato Men’s Hockey Team.
Gentry Academy’s goalies will have the opportunity to receive access to this platform as well as receive this proven training live. The training will encompass the following:
- On-ice – Vision, skating, rebound control, puck handling, hand-eye coordination, tracking, positioning, angles, reverse post load
- Off-ice – Strength, conditioning, flexibility
- Mental – Confidence, patience, creativity, overall mind-training for consistent performance
Goalies will start training each day with 20-30 minutes of goalie specific staking movements. The goalies will then get into a skill drill that incorporates fundamentals, but also focuses on game related settings. The second portion of training will incorporate both goals and skaters to allow instant feedback on deficiencies and overall feedback on game scenarios.
Each goalie will have access to:
- Classroom work to emphasize and learn about the technical, practical and fundamental sides of goaltending through video.
- On-ice training that focuses on the fundamental skill sets of goalie specific skating, hand-eye coordination, tracking, patience, rebound control, recovery, flexibility, confidence, mental preparation and puck handling.
- Off-ice training that develops strength and flexibility.
- Personal coaching that develops each goaltender individually.
- Personal binder that can be written in and taken home to work on skill sets throughout the day as well as for other practices with teams, at home or on game days.
Justin Grant, Goalie Instructor
Justin was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. He played high school hockey in the Quad City's. After high school he went on to play two seasons of junior hockey in the WJHL. He won championships both seasons.
Next, he played college hockey in the NCAA for Northland College. He majored in business management, minored in coaching, environmental economics and made the all academic team twice.
Finally, Justin went on to play professional hockey. He played three seasons of class A and two seasons of AA. He attended main training camps and played for teams in the CHL, IHL, SPHL, AAHA and AAHL.
The last four seasons Justin has been a full time goalie coach. He currently works with Centennial High School (four seasons) and Centennial Youth Hockey Association (two seasons with the AA Bantam's) but has also spent time with Shakopee High School (two seasons). Justin has enjoyed two section championships and one VFW state championship (both Centennal).