This past weekend, I was at Plymouth Ice Arena, working as a goalie evaluator for Minnesota Hockey’s Advanced Final 54 tryout for the Girls Advanced 16 and 17 Programs.
There were six goalies in each age group. We had the challenging task of ranking the goalies from top to bottom. The highest ranked goalies in each age group have a chance to be invited to USA Hockey’s National Development Camp along other talented goalies from throughout the country.
The other goalie evaluators were Mandy Cronin from USA Hockey and Aaron Haupert, an assistant coach for St. Mary’s University women’s hockey team.
We watched the goalies closely during scrimmages (and expanded warm-ups) and we had some excellent in-depth discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of each participant as we determined the final rankings.