Archive: Jan 2017

  1. 2017 CGS schedule now available

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    I am excited to let you know that our 2017 schedule has been posted on our website.

    This will be our 23rd year of goalie development excellence as we help boys and girls, ages 6-15, achieve success between the pipes!

    Our popular skill development programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so I encourage you to register early for best selection.

    Sessions offered include:

    • Intro to Goaltending
    • Intermediate Skills
    • Advanced Skills
    • Tryout Tune-up

    The sessions will be held on weekends at Richfield Arena, Eagan Civic Center, Braemer Arena (Edina) and Schwan Super Rink (Blaine).

  2. CGS getting set for our 23rd season

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    We are getting ready for our 23rd season of helping goalies improve their skills, consistency, confidence and overall game performance at our popular weekend camps that will be held throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

    Check out our 2017 schedule.


    Coach Carroll helping a goalie at one of his weekend sessions.

    This year, CGS will offer four different skill development programs: Intro to goaltending, intermediate skills, advanced skills and tryout tune-up. Ice times are at night and on weekends at Braemar Arena (Edina), Eagan Civic Center, Richfield Arena, Schwan Super Rink (Blaine)

    In 2016, goalies from throughout Minnesota and five other states (Alaska, California, Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin) joined us for a weekend of skill development.

    Goalie parents like the variety of programs we offer because they realize that training under the watchful eye of Director Steve Carroll and his staff can make a significant impact in the development of their kids.

    Here is what some last year’s participants said about their CGS experience.

    “CGS has improved our son’s goalie skills tremendously the past two years. Coach Carroll and his staff always treat the goalies with respect and you can tell they love what they do.”
    Megan A., Woodbury, Minnesota

    “Is it a coincidence; five years with Carroll and five winning seasons?
    Logan C., Lakeville, Minnesota

    “Our son learned a lot about goaltending and had a blast doing it. We will be back for more camps for sure.”
    Steve F., Mason City, Iowa

    “This is our second time with Steve Carroll. We love the camp, from the good price/value, coaching, ice time, and skills that are developed. Once again we highly recommend Steve’s camp/clinics. He is very knowledgeable, has a great heart, and truly loves helping the kids. Thank you Steve and coaches for another great, successful camp, which our son Ethan Kalafatich truly enjoyed!”
    Brian K., Mahtomedi, Minnesota

    “Ty made some big improvements in his skating. Namely shuffles and c-cuts. I would highly recommend this school just for skating instruction alone. Coach Carroll was also very approachable and helpful with his answers to my questions. Great job!”
    Chad S., International Falls, Minnesota

    “Coaches are very knowledgeable and pushed my daughter beyond her comfort zone.”
    Joshua S., Delano, Minnesota

    “My son wanted the weekend to be longer!!!”
    Kristi B, St. Paul, Minnesota

    “Really friendly instructors who care about everyone and made it fun and helpful.”
    Brandon B, Sartell, Minnesota

    “Great camp and a good learning experience for my son. He came off the ice with a smile on his face everyday!”
    Mark U., Duluth, Minnesota

  3. Wonderful trip to Europe

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    As the goalie coach for the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s hockey team, Coach Steve Carroll had the wonderful opportunity to visit Switzerland, Austria and Italy over the holiday break.

    We flew into Zurich, Switzerland and spent the day touring downtown. From there we headed by bus to Bolzano, Italy. On the next day, we were off to the resort town of Kitzbuhel, Austria. Even though it was early January, they did not have any snow on the ground. The ski hills were open thanks to snowmaking machines.

    On day three, we visited downtown Bolzano and all the Christmas markets that were still open and very festive. Then we were off to Milan, Italy, the financial and fashion hub of the country. There were tons of people there and that place was something else.

    After that, we moved on to Como, Italy. More Christmas markets were open and they also had an outdoor skating rink nearby that was filled with locals. We returned later that night for a New Year’s eve celebration. Many of the buildings in the courtyard area had colorful winter scenes projected on the walls, which made for a spectacular setting. At midnight, there was a huge fireworks show over Lake Como.

    On our last full day, we journeyed to Lugano, Switzerland and toured that wonderful city on a lake. Besides all the spectacular places we visited, the squad posted a 3-0 record in the exhibition games.  Overall, it was an awesome and memorable trip.