At TGC’s Goalie School, we offer a variety of programs to fit your needs and skill level. Our programs feature unique training levels (Fundamental, Situational, Verge, Prodigy, Junior/College/Pro) that are only available through TGC. To learn about these training levels before making a decision on your camp selection, click here.
To sign up for a camp or session, scroll down and click on the “sign up” button next to your camp of choice! Hurry, don’t miss your opportunity! At TGC we keep our Goalie to Station ratios low which means these camps can sell out!
Our Boarding Camps have seen goalies from all over the world attend!
The Goalie Club Video Share
The Goalie Club is now offering daily video of your Goalie while at TGC camps! This TGC Video Share will feature up to 3 minutes a day of your Goalie doing drill work at our video station. An unedited version of the video will be emailed for your own personal use to review and watch time and time again.
The cost of this service is $75 for the camp.
Day Campers: Please be sure to bring a bag lunch! Camps typically run from 9am-3pm. Official schedule will be sent to you with your registration package.
Shooters: Half day of on-ice shooting $175. Add $100 for Full Day.
A 50% deposit is required at the time of registration. The balance is due 30 days prior to your camp start date. Any cancellation will be refunded, minus a $75.00 cancellation fee. Registration may be completed and sent in via US Mail by clicking here, printing the form and sending in the completed copy with your payment.
7:00am: Wake Up
8:30am: On-Ice Verge / Dryland Prodigy
10:15am: On-Ice Prodigy / Dryland Verge
1:30pm: On-Ice Verge / Classroom
3:15pm: On-Ice Prodigy / Classroom
6:00pm: Dorm Room Rest
7:00pm: Group Activity
9:00pm: Dorm Rest (drinks & snacks)
10:00pm: Lights Out
Check-in will take place at 5pm on Sunday and will be followed by dinner and 1 hour of conditioning and movement. Must be Peewee/Bantam age or higher.
*Optional Airport transportation available to and from MSP International Airport.
About Our Goalie Training Program
We Develop The Complete Goaltender
The Goalie Club Goalie TrainingThe Goalie Club Goalie School was founded in 2002 by Des Christopher and Craig Lindsay, experienced goaltender coaches seeking a camp which continuously changed and adapted with the latest goaltending styles and techniques.
The Goalie Club was created for the purpose of helping goaltenders of all ages learn the latest goaltending theories and then implement it into their game.
The Goalie Club is a school built on the principle that to be a successful goaltender, a goalie must understand the game. By teaching goaltenders the why as well as the how of each technique, goaltenders become more confident in their technical game as they progress in their strategic game.
This Total Goalie Concept has guided two TGC members into the NHL, one TGC member onto a US National Team, four TGC members into minor professional hockey and numerous more into the college ranks.
When you train with TGC, you have Coach Des as a great resource to learn about how to make the jump to the next step of your goaltending career. Through Des' experience and network of TGC alumni and their paths to elite hockey levels, Coach Des can work with you on improving your game and achieving your goal of making it to next level and expand your network in the hockey world.
The Fundamental Level is designed specifically for younger goaltenders (1-3 years) and goaltenders that have not had a lot of goalie coaching. The goal of the program is to provide goaltenders with a solid set of fundamentals so they are able to make the correct movements in the crease and place themselves in the best position to select the best save technique for the play in motion.
The Fundamental Level has a strong focus on skating, stationary saves, saves in motion, positioning, balance, rebound control, recovery technique, breakaways and angle theory. Upon graduating from the Fundamental Program a goaltender will know the fundamentals of each skating and save technique, common bad habits that goaltenders fall into, as well as when to use the various skating methods, save techniques and recovery styles.
The Situational Level is designed specifically for goaltenders with solid fundamentals (4+ years). This program involves classroom discussion about the latest goaltender theories, styles and techniques successfully used by NHL goalies. Each goaltender experiments with these styles and techniques to find the ones that suit them best. Trough this program goaltenders can assimilate these techniques into their personal style using game situations to make it a natural part of their game.
The goal of the Situational Level is to refine a goaltenders on-ice style, help them know why they are using a specific technique in different game situations, and the various options they have in each save situation. Goaltenders completing the Situational Program will be more refined goaltenders, smarter about their position play, better able to analyze their playing style and the playing style of other goaltenders, and use this information to evolve their game.
The Verge Level is designed specifically for goaltenders who have mastered the fundamental and situational programs and demonstrate an intense enthusiasm for training (A / AA / AAA / Travel). This program mirrors the situational program in training, however it raises the bar on speed, performance, execution and expectation. While goaltenders work on improving their technical execution, they begin to journey to master mental control.
The goal of the Verge Level is to begin preparing goaltenders for both the physical play and mental play required for the next level. This preparation requires solid fundamentals, situational mastery, mental control and a quest for knowledge. TGC blends together an understanding of the journey, building intensity while having fun, honing the mental alert system, and managing off-ice demands to create this unique program. 2:1 and 1:1 ratios offered. Must be Peewee/Bantam age goaltenders.
verge ... one transitioning to a higher level of capability
The Prodigy Level is specifically designed to help goaltenders at the Midget, High School and Junior levels make the next step. This program features game situation drills from top-notch shooters to force goaltenders to work on their speed, agility and reaction time. Intensity is the signature of our Prodigy Camp. Goaltenders enrolling in this program are expected to conduct an off-ice workout program during the summer so they arrive at the camp in top condition to perform.
Goaltenders completing the Prodigy Level will know the current trends of NHL goaltenders, the difference between Blocking and Reacting styles and when to use each, their predominant style of play and the NHL goaltender that they most closely model their game after. This program blends a focus on athleticism and aggressiveness with both the blocking and reaction styles to groom the total goalie. 2:1 and 1:1 ratios offered.
prodigy ... a person having extraordinary talent or ability
Junior / College / Pro
TGC wanted to find away to continue to support and work with our goaltenders who have come up through our Fundamental, Situational, Verge and Prodigy Programs. Many of our Prodigy Program Alums have elevated their game to the next level, so TGC has developed a new program targeting our elite goaltenders. This high Intensity program is open to all goalies playing junior, college or professional hockey and will feature top-end shooters, who are also playing at the junior, college, and professional levels. These shooters will be working to improve their own game and will test your skills with every shot in every drill. In the month prior to the camp, each goalie will fill out a strength and weakness sheet and submit it to Coach Des. TGC will then tailor the ice sessions to each goaltender’s specific individual needs. Each goalie will be tested and pushed everyday. We will, as always, put a strong emphasis on paying attention to detail. As up and coming elite level goaltenders, we all know how important it is to focus on the little things; like closing up tight, watching the puck all the way in and controlling rebounds. By the end of the week, we expect our goaltenders to control every shot that is on the ice with the stick, putting rebounds into safe zones. Not only are the goalies who are playing and training at this level intense, focused, and driven, but the players are too. Every chance we get to improve on the most minor detail can turn into one more save for and one less goal against. This will be an on-ice only program with 3 hours of ice per day and offers a Goalie to Station ratio of 2:1 and 1:1.
Owner, Director, & Chief Consultant
Coach Des is a native of Calgary, AB, where he played youth and Junior Hockey. Des attended and played for Minnesota State University (MSUM) from 1995-1998 where he earned team MVP his senior year as well as the Senior Male athlete of the year award. Coach Des played Professional hockey from 1998-2000 in Germany and United States before volunteering as goaltending coach at MSUM from 2000-2009. Together with former goaltending partner, Craig Lindsey, Des formed TGC in 2002. In April 2005 TGC was selected as, and continues to be, the goaltending choice of National Champion Shattuck St. Mary’s (SSM) Prep School in Faribault, MN (TGC provides goaltending consultants to SSM). Over the years, Coach Des has helped numerous goaltending prospects move on to the college and pro ranks, such as: Oscar Dansk (Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL), Kevin Murdock (Lake Superior State University, WCHA), Nick Kossoff (Lake Superior State University, WCHA), Brady Hjelle (Tulsa Oilers, ECHL), Eric Schierhorn (University of Minnestoa, B1G), Austin Lee (Minnesota State University, WCHA), Cole Huggins (Minnesota State University, WCHA), Peter Traber (Harvard University, ECAC), Taylor Crosby (Northeastern University, Hockey East), Tyler Bruggeman (St. Scholastica Saints, NCHA), Anthony Brodeur (Drummondville Voltigeurs, QMJHL).
SSM has captured 22 National Championship's since joining forces with The Goalie Club. The following teams brought home Championship titles over the years:
Girls Prep: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018
Girls U16: 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Bantam Boys U14: 2014, 2016
Boys Prep U18: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014
Boys U16: 2015, 2016
Coach Des owns a Masters Degree in Education Administration and has coached goaltenders for over 25 years. Coach, his wife Liz, and twins Claire and Liam, reside in Mankato, MN with dog Kipper.
Coach Grant is from Apple Valley, MN where he grew up and played youth hockey for Apple Valley, Eastview, and Lakeville's youth hockey associations. He then went on to play 3 years of Varsity hockey at Eastview High School. Grant trained with TGC for 5 years, including 2 years of Prodigy Camp. Since 2006 Grant has been actively involved with TGC, private lessons, Association training and evaluations, summer day and boarding camps, the annual TGC Holiday Camp, and Sunday Skills Sessions. He is a recent graduate of Miami University's Farmer School of Business with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Grant will continue to work with youth associations and provide a professional training.
Coach Garrett is from Salinas, California where he grew up playing roller hockey before transitioning to ice hockey at the age of 10 where he played for the Cupertino Cougars and San Jose Jr. Sharks organizations. He then went on to attend and play 4 years at Shattuck St. Mary’s including the Prep team his senior season. Garrett continued playing with two seasons of Junior A hockey for the Alpena Ice Diggers (NAHL) and Northern Cyclones (AJHL) before deciding to pursue a Bachelor of Design degree in Architecture at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities where he currently attends. Garrett trained with TGC for 6 years, including 4 years at Shattuck with Coach Des and 4 years of Prodigy Camp. Since 2008, Garrett has been actively involved with TGC including private lessons, association training (Hutchinson 2011-2012, Chaska 2012-2013, Owatonna 2012-2013), summer day and boarding camps where he works as on-ice instructor, evaluations of campers, off-ice instructor, and on-ice video analysis of each goalie, and lastly Sunday skills sessions at Shattuck. Garrett will continue to work private lessons, Sunday skills at Shattuck, and with youth associations while providing professional training.
Coach Danny is from Woodbury, MN where he grew up playing in the Woodbury Area Hockey Club as well as spending hours on the outdoor rinks. He went on to play 3 years at Hill Murray, being a part of 2 State Tournament teams. After high school, he went on to play 1 season with the University of St. Thomas. Danny trained for 5 years with Coach Des and The Goalie Club before transitioning to a coach. Since then, Danny has been a coach at multiple summer camps, Sunday Skills Sessions, and private lessons. Away from TGC, Danny is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor’s degree in International Management.
Coach Jason is from Lakeville Minnesota, where he started playing hockey at the age of 5, with the Lakeville Hockey Association. He made the transition to goaltender after playing hockey for 5 years. For his entire goaltending career, Jason has trained exclusively with TGC for 9 years, with 5 years of Prodigy camp. During his first camp, fellow training partner, and now coach, Isaak Tjaden, gave Jason the nickname of “Kermit” which he is regularly referred to at TGC. At Lakeville North High School, Kermit played one year of 16U, one year of Junior Varsity, and two years of Junior Gold ‘A’. Kermit started coaching at TGC in 2013 with summer camps, seasonal clinics, and private lessons. He currently attends Winona State University, pursuing a degree in Mass Communication, while participating in Cross Country and Club Hockey.
Coach Isaak, a native of Northfield, Minnesota and started playing hockey at the age of 6 as part of the Northfield Hockey Association. Coach Isaak transition to goalie at the age of 8 and began training with The Goalie Club two years later. Isaak played for Northfield High School for four years making it to the Section 1 A championship his senior year. After high school Coach Isaak moved on to play Junior Hockey first for the Twin Cities Northern Lights (MNJHL) where his team took second in the National Tournament. He also played for the Minot Minotauros (NAHL), El Paso Rhinos (WSHL), and the Billings Bulls (AWHL). Coach Isaak is currently playing hockey at Gustavus Adolphus College where he is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. Coach Isaak has trained with The Goalie Club since 2004 and began training in the Prodigy program in 2008. Coach Isaak has been coaching with The Goalie Club since 2012 and is involved with Sunday Skills Sessions, Private Lessons, as well as all summer camps where he works as an on ice instructor, dry land instructor, classroom instructor, and goalie evaluator.
Shari (Vogt) Dickerman
Senior Consultant, Lead Instructor, & Former US National Team Goaltender
Coach Shari, a native of Richmond, MN, is a former USA National Team goaltender and was an alternate for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. She earned a scholarship and played four years at Minnesota State University-Mankato where she earned MVP honors all four years. She was an All American and a finalist for the Patty Kazmeier trophy for the top female NCAA player in the country. She completed her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2008 and became an assistant coach of the Girls Prep Team at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, who won the USA Hockey U19 Girls National Championship in April of 2009. She has worked full time for the past 6 years as assistant coach with her alma mater, the MSUM women's hockey program. Shari has an extraordinary passion toward increasing knowledge of TGC goalies. She continues to develop and improve the innovative, goaltender-specific, off-ice program that is designed to make TGC goalies more explosive, agile, and flexible. Shari began training with Coach Des while at MSUM and is currently assistant coach at Minnesota State University Mavericks.
All of TGC's instructors have been trained by Coach Des to use all TGC principals and philosophies and are professional in approach and knowledge.
Will Schlunger, Tyler Bruggeman, Ben Waalkens, Kevin Murdock, Erin Krichiver, Travis Johnson, Alex Lyon, Jorie Walters, Chris Amsden
Our Hockey Night in Mankato program will have Mites level 1 and 2 on one end of the ice, and Mites level 3 and 4 on the other end. Both groups will be 4 on 4.We will start with power skating for all players at the start of each practice. Max of 20 players per group. Cost: $115 (jersey included)
If you know you will be absent one day, please inform Coach Des via email@example.com or text (612) 210-5944 prior to your absence. We will try to find a substitute player. There will be no refunds for missed days.
Wed April 22nd - 6:15pm-7:15pm
Mon April 27th - 5:00pm-6:00pm
Mon May 4th - 5:00pm-6:00pm
Mon May 11th - 5:00pm-6:00pm
Mon May 18th - 5:00pm-6:00pm
Wed May 27th - 5:00pm-6:00pm
Mon Aug 10th - 5:00pm-6:00pm
Tues Aug 11th - 5:00pm-6:00pm
Mon Aug 17th - 5:00pm-6:00pm
Mon Aug 24th - 5:00pm-6:00pm