There was an article published recently about a club in Europe who decided to take goalie development into their own hands (see below for the original article).The Club is Red Bull in Salzburg, Austria. Red Bull has established one of the premiere global soccer development programs and has recently decided to do the same in hockey. Until 2013, Red Bull Hockey Club was founded and developed in Salzburg, Austria; in 2013 Red Bull made the move to purchase a team in the DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) one of Europe’s premiere hockey leagues. With the purchase of EHC Munchen in the DEL, Red Bull now has a development system from initiation to Elite level pro. To augment their program, Red Bull has recently added former head of Finnish goalie development Hannu Nykvist. Similar to Finnish clubs, Red Bull has accredited goalie coaches with each team within their organization and now has added a guru to oversee the entire process.

Hannu Nykvist previously the head of Finnish National Goalie Development and Head Goalie Coach to all Finnish national teams, has been coaching goalies in Europe for over 20 years. Mr. Nykvist was brought to Red Bull specifically because of his experience and success as the head of the Finnish National Goalie Development program. The Finnish National Goaltending program is recognized globally as the most elite and evolving goalie development program. Other elite programs such as Hockey Canada, USA Hockey and even Swedish Ice Hockey as mentioned in my last article, have sought the help of the Finns in the development of their own national goalie programs. I have personally met Mr. Nykvist and heard him speak on goalie development at the 2015 Network Goaltending symposium in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Nykvist is very well spoken and knowledgeable in the ways of goalie development and is very open and willing to share with anyone interested.

Red Bull´s Goalie Development — Basic Stance

Credit: Red Bull´s Goalie Development Taken to New Heights by Hannu Nykvist

Coach Hannu Nykvist

Elite Prospect

In my last article we reviewed the future of goaltending from a global perspective and how the Finns and Swedes are the outright front runners. Is it better to teach a goalie to be athletic or teach an athlete to play net?  Right now I believe the most important improvement we can make in goaltending is ensuring access to quality goalie coaches. As the debate on “proper” goalie development continues to make waves in North America, another European Nation is the beneficiary of a focused goalie development program. In no way am I saying that Red Bull will focus only on local talent for their program but the Austrian goalies involved in the Red Bull minor hockey programs will receive some of the best coaching available.

Although Red Bull is only one club, their reach is large enough to impact an entire country, possibly two; I believe it is only a matter of time until Red Bull opens a second hockey operation  in Munich, Germany. Upon further research more countries are starting to develop more elite level goalie coaches, annually there are now two major conferences that are encouraging sharing among elite goalie coaches. The ‘Stop It’ Goaltending Conference and the ‘Network Goaltending Symposium’ both were very successful in their first year and will be nearly doubling attendance in their second year.  Both events feature some of the top goalie minds in the world, with the same mission “Let’s get better together”.

Although Red Bull is only one club, their reach is large enough to impact an entire country, possibly two; I believe it is only a matter of time until Red Bull opens a second hockey operation  in Munich, Germany. Upon further research more countries are starting to develop more elite level goalie coaches, annually there are now two major conferences that are encouraging sharing among elite goalie coaches. The ‘Stop It’ Goaltending Conference and the ‘Network Goaltending Symposium’ both were very successful in their first year and will be nearly doubling attendance in their second year.  Both events feature some of the top goalie minds in the world, with the same mission “Let’s get better together”.

http://www.networkgoaltending.com/

 

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