“It’s basically designed for the every-coach to learn more about how to help your goalies,” Thompson said. “It doesn’t matter if you never played hockey in your life, or you played the game, but never played in net. It’s designed to teach fundamentals of the position and look out for the best practices and drills to help your goalies.”
Matt Millar, a goaltending development coach for the Los Angeles Kings, said the course is valuable because it brings a general knowledge and awareness to the basics of the position. Millar believes the course is important for coaches who may not know much about goaltending, as it allows them to jump in and give attention to goalies that may just be starting out.
“They do a great job [in the class] putting goaltending in terms of being just another player on the ice,” Millar said. “It’s not this spooky, mystic position nobody knows much about where you have to speak a completely different language and basically be part of a secret club. You’re just another player on the team. It’s not a super high-level NHL or college course. It’s open to everyone and it’s a great way for someone to learn about goaltending.”
Thompson breaks the seminar structure into six simplified goaltender fundamentals like stance, skating, positioning, save selection, rebound control and recovery.
“We kind of break it into these six segments and that allows for anybody that understands fundamentals to be able to identify how pucks may be going in, or maybe some different solutions you can use as a coach to help these kids,” Thompson said.