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Mike training Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins Goalie)

THE NEXT GENERATION OF GOALTENDING DEVELOPMENT ARRIVES AT PRO AMBITIONS

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Pro Ambitions, North America’s leading hockey camps, has committed to providing the best goaltending training available. We went after the nation’s top young goalie coach - and got him!

Since Goalie Coach Mike Buckley has joined the Pro Ambitions team, our goalie training program has undergone innovative, new changes, selling out week after week, as a result.  Under Mike Buckley’s curriculum, students are exposed to today’s most modern technique. As a former Division 1. and recently retired professional goaltender, Coach Buckley’s teachings has helped produced several NHL draft picks, five Division 1. scholarships, two major junior draft picks, and two U-17 National Development Team selections.

In addition to his role as Director of Goaltending for Pro Ambitions, Mike is also the UNH Goaltending Coach (Hockey East).


Join Us at a Goalie Camp Near You!

 

GOALIE STAFF

Mike Buckley's students are also instructors at the camps.

Some of our goalie staff includes:

  • Mike Buckley - director of goaltending
  • John Muse (former BC goalie) Carolina hurricanes
  • Dan Meyers (GDS goaltending staff)
  • Dan Rosen (Brown)
  • Paul Dainton (former UMass) Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Brian Foster (former UNH) Florida panthers
  • Kevin Moore (UMass)
  • Steve Masterlerz (UMass Amherst)
  • Jeff Woods (GDS goaltending staff)
  • Mike Spillane (former UVM) current pro

 

 

  • Goalies Receive 20 hours of on ice instruction
  • 10 hours of goalie specific off ice training
  • New on ice structure
  • New Focus and Mental Training specific for goaltending
  • Daily development journals

Due the overwhelming popularity of Coach Buckley’s goaltending curriculum, Pro Ambitions is fully integrating Mike’s curriculum for the upcoming season.

Mike’s coaching curriculum is focused on being well-structured, progressive, challenging and fun. Skating, stance, positioning, save selection, rebound control and recovery are developed using today's modern methods. In addition, game situations, stick handling and the mental game are focused on each day to produce strong, consistent-minded goaltenders.

Mike Buckley has developed an intuitive and very successful training curriculum that until now has only been available though his highly sought after private instruction. E-mail Mike with any camp or clinic questions at mbuckley@gdsgoalies.com

 

Goalies only!!!!

This summer goalies will have the opportunity to experience a week exclusively with Mike Buckley and his staff. To get the summer started Pro Ambitions Goalies Only will be held at New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA. To end the summer and prepare goalies for the season to come Goalies Only will be held at Andover's MA Harrison Rink.

The week consist of challenging and fun on ice, off ice and educational training both on the ice and off the ice.

ON ICE:

Skating, stance, positioning, save selection, rebound control,recovery and game situations are covered relentlessly to develop strong habits.

OFF ICE:

Speed, agility, strength, endurance and reaction times are covered each day as well as video and mental training.

Goalies only!!! Students of the game.

Group 1 Ages 8-13
Group 2 Ages 14-18

Boarding camp extras and transportation information can be found here

NHL/Parent testimonials:

Endorsed by many NHL players and/or attended by their children just to name a few: Brian Leetch, Jeremy Roenick, Martin Brodeur , John Leclair , John Madden, Joe Sacco, Scott Young, Ted Donato, Tom Fitzgerald, Mick Vukota, Glen Featherstone, Guy Larose, Bob Halkidis, Gord Kluzak, Jerry York (BC Coach), and more.


Jeff – Here is the e-mail that I sent to Kevin Regan regarding the Goalie camp that my son attended in Newington, CT.

I couldn’t believe you had the all-time Hockey East leader in save % as a coach…never mind that my family are also big UNH fans!

My son had one of the best weeks of his life and the details/instruction he was shown by Kevin has been amazing to see!

Thank you for having such great quality in your coaching staff….you will defiantly see us again next year!


To Jeff:

My son recently attended your camp in Dallas Texas. He did well, and was given high marks for being a small goalie. He is very good at what he does; loves this sport. He finished the number one goalie ion his league this past season. I wanted to thank you for the camp and what you left him with. He brought home a different attitude and approach. Each evening he was so excited, and couldn't wait to get home and tell me what he had done during the day at the camp. He was overjoyed each time the coaches hit a hard shot at him and he would catch it.
I had told them not to go easy on him and to be tough on him sometime when they felt comfortable hitting a couple pretty hard at him.
All coaches (counselors) were very friendly, and I felt at ease leaving him with them. From the first time I met them, I did not feel they were strangers since they were so available and friendly. We plan on
attending next time one is offered.
I appreciate what you've done for my son. He won't make the NHL, but his dream is more alive, and he now has more confidence than ever before.
Just a simple thank you and your coaches for your time and effort you put into the camp. Looking forward to next year.


 

My son is a goalie and has played for 5 years been too many camps on the West Coast where we live. He LOVED the Pro Ambition camp—John was a fabulous instructor, the curriculum really helped him advance as a goalie. We travel 3000 to attend –and we could not be happier with the results. My son wishes he could have attended and play with your instructors ALL summer. I enthusiastically recommend your camp as the best one out there to help kids develop and ignite their passion for hockey so they try and want to play better.

Robin,  goalie parent


 

Hi Jeff/Mike,

I wanted to say thank you for the great February vacation goalie camp my daughter attended last week. She loved it so much she jumped out of bed ready to go each day even though it was an hour earlier than normally for school. Her first game after camp (and only her third goalie game) the opposing coach told our coach she was the best goalie
they faced all season. She learned a lot, but most of all had fun and enjoyed it. Thank you.

-Chris


Check out our Parent Testimonials page to see what other parents are saying about Pro Ambitions Hockey, inc.

 

Jeff Serowik's article on Mike Buckley's GDS system used at Pro Ambitions Hockey Camps

 

When it comes to training young goalies, there are multiple developmental models. Mike Buckley’s Goaltending Development Services (GDS) is partnered with Pro Ambitions summer hockey camp to reach goalies all across the country. Whereas goalies used to have to travel to New England during the summer to get adequate trainings, the GDS goalie camps run concurrently alongside the Pro Ambitions Battle Camps – giving goalies the opportunity for top notch goaltending instruction right there at your local ice rink.

The Best of Both Worlds

This is full goalie camp, distinct from the player camp that runs parallel. Goalies need a strong technical framework, but also need to see a lot of shots if they want to enjoy that “summer hockey growth spurt.”

 For the first hour of every on ice session, the goalies get a sectioned off zone of the ice where they will learn the details of the modern game. During this first hour, goalies are taught the GDS system through a mapped out set of principles that lay the groundwork of today’s most effective goaltending approach. The system builds on the six core fundamentals of goaltending: Skating, stance, positioning, save selection, rebound control and recovery. The GDS System creates a strong technical base complemented by a focus on an athletic, unbounded style of play. This allows goaltenders to develop their own style based on their strengths, resulting in quick efficient movements and confidence in their game. 

The second hour of each on ice session is a chance for the goalies to get out there and compete by demonstrating their newly acquired set of skills. During this time, the goalies are placed in a group of appropriately skilled players to face game-situation drills. They get a TON of shots during this second hour, and the goalie staff will be closely monitoring their progress and offering modifications and adjustments as they see fit.

This camp is the best of both worlds! Goalies are competitors and want to get out there and compete and put the GDS System into action.

Need Proof? Just turn on your TV

One of the headline stories of the 2016 NHL playoffs is Penguins rookie goalie, Matt Murray, who seemingly came out of nowhere to carry the Pens on their current run. In actuality, he is a direct product of the GDS System! Mike Buckley is the goaltending development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins where he takes minor leaguers with raw potential, and molds them into starting NHL goalies via the GDS System. Before Jonathon Quick was a member of Team USA and backstopping the Kings to Stanley Cups, he was a student of Buckley’s at UMASS, where he too learned the GDS System. Buckley has also worked with hundreds of past and current NCAA goalies, as well as professionals such as Tukka Rassk.

The GDS System being taught across the country at Pro Ambitions Camps is an age appropriate version of the same curriculum and framework being used by NHL and NCAA goalies.