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  • 21
    May
    2017

    Murray Talks Mindset

    Murray Talks Mindset

    Matt Murray has poise beyond his years and he works on it. To read click here

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  • 12
    May
    2017

    Murray Feature

    Murray Feature

    Good read on Matt Murray and his journey to stardom. Click here Another good interview from his junior days: Click here to watch

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  • 12
    April
    2017

    Elkin Home from Phoenix

    Elkin Home from Phoenix

    Team success was hard to come by this season, however, Jon Elkin's Arizona Coyotes' goalies performed admirably. The Coyotes finished with the third worst record in the NHL. Mike Smith did the best he could to mitigate the losses. He posted an above league average save percentage of .914 despite facing the 2nd most shots against and the most high quality shots against in the league. Mike made the most 5 on 5 saves by an NHL goalie since 1997! He was also voted an NHL All Star and played in the All Star game in LA where he made a miracoulous shot to score a goal during the skills competition To view click here  Smith's season included a 58 save performance in a 3-2 OT loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He faced 40 or more shots 12 times this season posting a 7-2-3 record in those games.  As Smitty said, he did his best to stay focused and take care of his job: "The goal coming in from the summer was to play as consistent as possible, and I think for the majority of the season I was able to do that. I was real proud of the way I mentally handled the situation. It was a tough year, but I'm excited where my game is at and confident that I can do it again next year." His backup, young Louis Domingue, fished the season going on a 6-1 run with a .945 save percentage. The two young AHL goalies with the Tuscon Roadrunners made great strides. Marek Langhammer improved considerably in his 2nd pro season. The 22 year old Czech set a team record for most saves in a game with a 50 save 5-4 win on March 11. His goalie partner was 20 year old rookie Adin Hill who played in the WHL last season. Hill finished with a respectable .906 save percentage.    

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  • 17
    April
    2017

    Raaymakers Strong in OHL Playoffs

    Raaymakers Strong in OHL Playoffs

    Joseph Raaymakers and his OHL team the Soo Greyhounds, got knocked out of the playoffs Sunday after losing 1-0 to the Owen Sound Attack. Joe made 41 of 42 saves. Overall, it was a good playoffs for "Raay". He posted a 0.942 save percentage and a 1.95 GAA in ten games. His performance earned him an OHL Player of the Week award (click here to read about it)

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  • 25
    October
    2016

    Halverson ECHL Goalie of the Week

    Halverson ECHL Goalie of the Week

      Brandon Halverson has been named the ECHL Goalie of the Week to start the season. He went 2-0-0 last week with a shutout and a .923 save percentage.  "Halvy" is a New York Rangers second round pick entering his first year of pro hockey after four seasons playing goal for the Soo Greyhounds (OHL).  Click here for more info

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  • 10
    October
    2016

    OHL Player of the Week

    OHL Player of the Week

      Joseph Raaymakers posted a 3-0-0-0 road record, a goals-against-average of 1.94 and a save percentage of .930 with victories over Windsor, London, and Sarnia for the first week of the 2016/17 OHL season. Playing in his third season with the Soo Greyhounds, "Raaynman" is taking over the starting job vacated by graduating New York Rangers prospect Brendan Halverson.  "Raay" is a very quick, agile and athletic goalie with a voracious work ethic. He was invited to the New York Rangers rookie camp this fall and performed extremely well. 

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  • 13
    June
    2016

    Murray Wins Stanley Cup

    Murray Wins Stanley Cup

    Matt Murray delivered and he delivered big. Taking over for an injured Marc Andre Fleury, Murray provided the type of goaltending the Penguins needed to win the Stanley Cup. He became only the fourth rookie goalie to lead his team to the championship putting his name alongside the greats Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy and most recently, Cam Ward. His 15 playoff wins equaled an NHL record. Matt is the first Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools student to win the cup. He has been coming to the school since he was 9 or 10 years old - every summer until today. The journey, as most, has featured many ups and downs. Along the way, Matt learned how to win and his name will be immortalized on the Stanley Cup as a result. To read more about his run and his mental toughness click here

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  • 08
    June
    2016

    Blackwood OHL Goalie of the Year

    Blackwood OHL Goalie of the Year

      Mackenzie Blackwood received the OHL Goalie Of The Year award last night at the Hockey Hall of Fame for a stellar season marked by a 28-13-0-0 record, 3 shutouts, a GAA of 2.72 and a save percentage of .921. Mac is a second round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils and will turn pro next season with the organization. A highlight of his final OHL season was being Team Canada's World Junior starter for the prestigous annual Christmas tournament. Blackwood is the 6th Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools student to win the OHL top goalie award. The other recipients were: Andrew Raycroft, Andy Chiodo, Michael Ouzas, Chris Carrozzi and Jordan Binnington. Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins was a runner-up for the honour two seasons ago with the Soo Greyhounds.  

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  • 30
    May
    2016

    Murray & Peters Playing for Championships

    Two long time students have lead their teams to the Finals in their respective leagues: Matt Murray in the NHL and Justin Peters in the AHL. Murray has been the big story of the NHL playoffs. Taking over for an injured Fleury, Matt has provided solid goaltending, without which it is impossible to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. He owns a .924 save percentage and a 2.20 GAA with 1 shutout.  In the league below, Justin Peters has been on a tear helping an underdog Hershey Bears team (the Washington Capitals minor league squad) reach the Calder Cup Finals with a .929 save percentage and a 1.95 GAA. He also has 2 shutouts.

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  • 22
    May
    2016

    Peters in Playoff Form

    Peters in Playoff Form

    Justin Peters is one of the most competitive goaltenders Jon Elkin has worked with in his career. Being demoted to the AHL from the NHL this year hasn't dampened his drive. He contiues to stay relevant in the hockey world. "Bears goalie Justin Peters, who has played 80 NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals, continues to excel. He had 38 saves in Game 2 and is 9-4 in the playoffs. Among goalies who have played more than four playoff games, he has an AHL-best .938 save percentage and 1.72 goals-against average." Click here for more

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  • 03
    May
    2016

    Murray 2nd Round Update

    Murray 2nd Round Update

    Matt Murray continues to play an important role in the playoff success of the Pittsburgh Penguins. For two good articles click here and here and for highlights click here

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  • 22
    April
    2016

    Murray's Career Continues To Flourish

    Murray's Career Continues To Flourish

      It is getting difficult to keep up with everything that Matt Murray is accomplishing since finishing a strong season as a 19 year old with the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL. After ending his junior career as the OHL Goalie of the Year runner-up and being the last cut for Canada's World Junior Team, Matt embarked on his pro ambitions. Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins after being their 3rd round draft pick in 2012, Matt played for the Penguins' AHL team in Wilkes Barre. He had an incredible year finishing first in every goalie category: save percentage (.941), GAA (1.58) and shutouts (12). Murray set the AHL record for most shutouts as well as the longest shutout streak (304 minutes - 5 games). He capped the season by sweeping the AHL awrds: AHL First All-Star Team, AHL top goalie and its top rookie as well. "Murr-dog" started this season playing in the AHL and continued putting up remarkable numbers prior to being called up to the NHL. His save percentage this season in Wilkes Barre was .931 with 4 shutouts and a 2.10 GAA. Murray made his NHL debut on December 19 and was recalled for good on February 21. The 21 year old's record during the NHL regular season was 9-2-1 with a .930 save percentage, a 2.00 GAA and 1 shutout. With Fleury out of the line-up with an injury, Murray has played the last two playoff games for the Penguins helping them secure a stranglehold 3-1 lead over the NY Rangers. He has stopped 47 of 48 shots faced in those two games. To read more about his first playoff start click here For his second game click here It takes years of hard work to become an overnight success. To gain some perspective on his rise to these lofty heights click here

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  • 29
    July
    2015

    Elkin Hired By Coyotes To Coach Their NHL Goalies

    Elkin Hired By Coyotes To Coach Their NHL Goalies

      Jon Elkin has been named the new goaltending coach of the Arizona Coyotes. (For the press release click here). It will be the first time since Mike Smith played in the OHL that Elkin will be working on a day-to-day basis with his long-time pupil. It also marks a return to the NHL as a coach. Jon's last NHL goalie coaching job was in 2000 with the Calgary Flames. In between NHL gigs, Elkin has been developing goalies through his year-round goaltending schools as well as with up to three OHL teams per year. Most recently, he has been the goalie coach for the Soo Greyhounds (OHL) working with Matt Murray, who went on to be this past season's AHL Goalie of the Year, Brandon Halverson, who was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2nd round and earned a spot on the USA World Junior Team, as well as underage goalie Joseph Raaymakers, who is NHL Draft eligible in June 2016. To read more about Elkin and his new role click here      

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  • 16
    April
    2015

    Murray Wins AHL Goalie of the Year

    Murray Wins AHL Goalie of the Year

      It seems being last year's OHL Goalie of the Year runner-up was not good enough for Matt Murray so he decided he did not want to come in second again. Today, the AHL named Murray its Goalie of the Year - an enormous honor. To read more about his tremendous rookie pro season click here

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  • 14
    April
    2015

    Murray Wins AHL Rookie of the Year

    Murray Wins AHL Rookie of the Year

       Matt Murray is the winner of the AHL Rookie of the Year award after posting out of this world numbers this season. To read more about his year and to view his stats click here

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  • 22
    March
    2015

    Halverson in the Record Books

    Halverson in the Record Books

    Brandon Halverson became the winningnest goalie in a single season in Soo Greyhounds franchise history on Sunday with his 40th win. It was the last game of the regular season for the Hounds who captured first place in the OHL. Halvy also earned his 6th shutout of the season in the 3-0 victory to tie Matt Murray for the most shutouts in a Greyhounds season.

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  • 09
    March
    2015

    MURRAY SETS AHL RECORD

    MURRAY SETS AHL RECORD

    Matt Murray's stellar rookie pro season is now one for the record books. On Sunday, he set an all-time record for the most consecutive minutes without relinquishing a goal - 304! That included 4 straight shutouts and one goal scored with just over a minute left in the fifth game. Matt is coming off of a very successful OHL season with the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds. He was the OHL Goalie of the Year runner up. Murray has a league leading 9 shutouts this season and also leads the AHL in save percentage (.940) and goals against average (1.57). He is the reigning AHL PLayer of the Week. For more information and some vdieo footage click here   MORE SHUTOUTS On Saturday, Anthony Peters stopped all 32 shots in his Pro debut. Coming off a stellar Canadian University career with the St. Mary's Huskies, Anthony signed on with the ECHL's Florida Everblades last week and rewarded them with a 4-0 win. For more details on the Antman's career click here Brandon Halverson had another strong game for the Soo Greyhounds Sunday in their 1-0 win over the Owen Sound Attack. It was his 5th shutout of the season after taking over the starting job from Matt Murray. "Halvy" is the CHL Goalie of the Month for February. FOR GAME FOOTAGE CLICK HERE

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  • 05
    March
    2015

    Weninger Wins Goalie of the Year

    Long time student, 18 year old Saskatoon native, Evan Weninger, received the enormous distinction of being name the SJHL Goalie of the Year today. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is one of Canada's top Junior A leagues. Evan "...carved out a decent chunk of playing time as a 17-year-old rookie and now he’s, arguably, the best 18-year-old Junior ‘A’ goalie in the country.  Weninger, who also had a spot on the Canada West roster for the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge, paced the Klippers with a 27-10-and-2 record to go with a 2.06-GAA and an SJHL league leading .942-SPCT.  He’s goals against average ranked second and he was third in wins despite missing a month while playing for Canada West." Click here to visit the SJHL website.

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  • 25
    February
    2015

    Binner Making Strides in Development

    Good article on St. Louis Blues prospect and long-time student, Jordan Binnington: click here

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  • 23
    February
    2015

    Murray Blanks Bruins

    20 year old rookie Matt Murray added to his AHL league leading shutout total Saturday night making 22 saves in a Wilkes-Barre Penguins 2-0 win over the Providence Bruins. It was his second shutout in a row and fourth in his last five games. Murray leads the league in GAA (1.72), save percentage (.934) and shutouts (7).

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  • 17
    February
    2015

    Halverson: CHL Goalie of the Week

    Halverson: CHL Goalie of the Week

      The Soo Greyhounds/New Rangers draft pick was named the Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week today. To read article click here

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  • 16
    February
    2015

    Lots of Shutouts

    Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools' students had a bunch of shutouts over the weeknd: In the AHL, Matt Murray and Jordan Binnington posted clean sheets. On Friday, Murray and his Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins beat Arizona's AHL team 3-0. Matt made 23 saves for his league leading 6th sutout of the season. He also leads the American Hockey League in goals against average (1.79) and is third in save percentage (.932). Murray is playing in his rookie professional season after being signed out of the OHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Friday also saw Jordan Binnington post a shutout. He made 29 stops for the St. Louis Blues' AHL squad in a 1-0 win over Edmonton's AHL team. Moving onto the Ontario Hockey League, Brandon Halverson of the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds rocked two shutouts in a row. He helped blank the Plymouth Whalers on Friday 5-0 making 33 saves. On the holiday Monday he turned aside all 30 shots he faced in a 6-0 victory over the Sarnia Sting. Halvy is a second round draft pick of the New York Rangers.

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  • 23
    January
    2015

    Blackwood & Hill Top NHL Draft Ranks

    As has become routine for well over a decade now, Jon Elkin's Students once again rank highly for the NHL draft in June. Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings were released last week and two avid students were placed within the top ten. Ranking first amongst North American goalies is Thunder Bay, Ontario native Mackenzie Blackwood. He is a monster of a man, moves well laterally, is very quick and agile. He also works like a fiend. "Mac" plays for the Barrie Colts (OHL). Ranking 9th is Adin Hill from Calgary, Alberta. Adin is another big goalie who possess great athleticism and an ability to battle and make big saves. Hill plays for an ex McGill teammate of Jon Elkin's, Jamie Kompon, with the Portland Winterhawks (WHL). To read more and view the list click here

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  • 23
    January
    2015

    Halvy Scores On Himself!

    Halvy Scores On Himself!

    Brandon Halverson of the Soo Greyhounds scored on himself Thursday night in a game against the Barrie Colts. Click here to watch He had played well up until that point. The goal had made it a 4-3 game for the Hounds with 6 minutes left. The significance of the play is not the goal, although one doesn't see that too often, but it is how he responded to the mistake. On the next play he confidently went out to play the puck; he didn't shrink into his net. He played with confidence and made sure the Colts didn't get the equalizer. Coach Sheldon Keefe, tongue in cheek, commented, "Great own goal by our goalie Brandon Halverson tonight. Post and in to help us get some much needed extra work on protecting one goal leads…" He followed up by saying, "To be serious though, Halvy was our best player tonight and gets a mulligan on this one." Halverson himself had fun with the gaff: "I have always wanted to score a goal so badly. Well i got my wish tonight. Just put it in the wrong net." He then tweeted to Canada's main sports provider TSN, "Worst play of the day? There is no way anyone is beating me. Ill just take the TSN worst play of the year right now." As Jon Elkin often says to his students, mistakes will happen. What is important is how one responds after making an error. This was a great example of how to react.

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  • 07
    January
    2015

    Adin Hill Wins Goalie of the Week

    Adin Hill was named WHL Goalie of the Week this past week joining Mackenzie Blackwood as the OHL Goalie and Player of the Week. Clcik here for more info

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  • 05
    January
    2015

    Blackwood OHL PLayer of Week

    18 year old Mackenzie Blackwood, who plays for the Barrie Colts, has been named the OHL Player of the Week after posting a 5-0 record with a 1.60 GAA and a .946 save percentage. He is a top rated prospect for the NHL draft in June and will play in the prestigious Top Pospects Game on January 22 where the CHL's top prospects are showcased for NHL GMs and scouts. Click here to read more Part of Blackwood's sensational week was a 26 save shutout on Sunday. Coincidentally, another Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools student who also comes from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Matt Murray, posted a shutout this past weekend for the Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL team stopping 30 shots. Click here for highlights. The first year pro, Murray, has 3 shutouts for the season so far and a solid .919 save percentage.

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  • 15
    December
    2014

    JEGS Goalies in the News

    University of Vermont sophmore sensation, Michael Santaguida, has been named the Defensive Player of the Week. He leads all NCAA Divsion 1 goalies in goals against average (1.08) and save percentage (.962): click here 18 year old, Evan Weninger, who plays in the SJHL, leads all CJHL goalies with a .943 save percentage. He is presently representing Canada West in the World Junior A Hockey Challenge. Josh Davies, who plays in the AJHL, is also enjoying a solid season. He has been named the AJHL Player of the Week: click here

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  • 06
    October
    2014

    Lavigne USHL Goalie of the Week

    Hayden Lavigne has earned the first USHL Goalie of the Week Award after stopping 51 shots in two games for his Waterloo Black Hawks over the weekend. Hayden has a 1.34 GAA and a .943 save percentage in three games thus far. He hails from Brampton, On, Canada and has been a student of Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools since he was 8 or 9 years old. He is in his secomd USHL season and is committed to play for the University of Michigan.

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  • 06
    October
    2014

    Halvy Off To Good Start For The Hounds

    Halvy Off To Good Start For The Hounds

    Brandon Halverson, the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds 18 year old goaltender, has been giving his OHL team strong goaltending since taking over for Matt Murray who left the team to start his professional career with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. "Halvy" showed wonderful improvement as a rookie over the course of last season and was rewarded by being chosen in the 2nd round by the New York Rangers in the June NHL draft. Brandon and his team are off to a 4-0 record. After posting his first shutout of the season last game, Halvy currently sits third in league GAA (2.25) and fourth in save percentage (.935).

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  • 13
    May
    2014

    Murray Adapting To Pro Hockey

    Murray Adapting To Pro Hockey

      Matt Murray has joined the Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL team since the end of his successful OHL season. Click here for an extensive career update

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  • 03
    March
    2014

    Antman Does It Again

    Antman Does It Again

    Anthony Peters of the Saint Mary's Huskies was named Player of the Game again last night turning aside 30 shots in a 1-0 win over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. The victory upset the heavily favorited UNB team 3-1 in the best of five series. It was payback of sorts for last year's 1-0 loss in the National Final game in which Peters did all he could to steel a Championship title for SMU. Coming into the playoffs this season, SMU was unranked while UNB was ranked 2nd in Canada. Anthony stopped 134 of 141 shots in the series with an incredible 1.60 GAA and a .950 save percentage. After disposing of the UPEI Panthers in the quarterfinals and now UNB in the semis, SMU will face the Acadia Axemen in the AUS Finals. Whoever wins the AUS Championship will move on to the Canadian University Finals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan March 20. To read more click here Canadian University Hockey teams are made up primarily of Canadian Major Junior A (CHL) hockey players who, after their junior careers, decided to move on to get a University education. Some players eventually make the NHL after successful CIS careers. Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools has a strong tradition of supplying talent to the CIS. Anthony Peters took over the reigns at SMU from Neil Conway, who won a National Championship in 2010. Neil is presently in his second year of pro hockey and is tearing up the ECHL with a .937 save percentage. Mike Ouzas won a National Championship for UNB and upon graduating signed a professional contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. He has since moved on to becoming one of the top goalies in the Austrian Professional Hockey League (EHL). He recently signed a two year extension with Linz that will make him very good money. Prior to Ouzas, was Mike Mole, who won a National Championship with the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men. Mole went on to a brief stint as a back-up in the NHL for the New York Islanders.

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  • 23
    February
    2014

    Smith Sports Gold

    Smith Sports Gold

    Even though Mike Smith didn't see game action, winning an Olympic gold medal was an enormous accomplishment. Being named to Team Canada affirms that he is one of the top goalies in the world. To understand the incredible journey he has traveled, click here to read more.  

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  • 12
    February
    2014

    Smith Sports Olympic Jersey

    Smith Sports Olympic Jersey

    "It is an incredible feeling to see Mike Smith dawn Canada's Olympic hockey jersey," Jon Elkin

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  • 02
    February
    2014

    Matt Murray Breaks Greyhounds Record

    Matt Murray Breaks Greyhounds Record

      Matt Murray set the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds record for the most shutouts in a season Saturday night with his 6th. He did so convincingly, making 38 saves in a 3-0 win over a tough Sudbury Wolves team. To read more click here

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  • 07
    January
    2014

    Smith to be an Olympian

    Smith to be an Olympian

    Mike Smith has another notch in his belt in the long journey to the top of his profession. Today he was named one of Canada's three goalies who will represent Canada at the 2014 winter Olympics in February. Another long-time student, Peter Budaj, has been named to the Slovakian Men's Olympic Hockey Team. There will be another Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools representative at the Sochi Games: Rene Swette. Pierre Beaulieu, one of the goalies schools' head instructors, coaches Swette who will play for team Austria. These aren't the only goalies representing Elkin Goaltending in international competition. Matt Murray was Canada's third goalie in the recent World Junior Championships.

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  • 04
    December
    2013

    Petey & Smitty Get the Job Done

    Petey & Smitty Get the Job Done

    Justin Peters and Mike Smith had important wins for their respective teams as both the Coarolina Hurricanes and Phoenix Coyotes are battling to stay in the playoff hunt. Justin Peters made his first start in two weeks since Cam Ward came back from injury. He had another stellar game stopping 26 shots in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Justin was the game's 2ns star. His stats are solid: .923 SP and a 2.38 GAA. Smith had been winless in his last 6 starts and got back to basic, fundamentally solid goaltending in a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers making 31 saves. Click on the following link for some highlights

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  • 16
    November
    2013

    Summerhays Gets 3rd Shutout

    Steven Summerhays posted his third shutout of the season today in a 31 save 4-0 win for the Notre Dame Irish over Merrimack. He leads the nation in shutouts and has a miniscule 1.64 GAA and an exceptional .937 SP%. To read more click here

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  • 16
    November
    2013

    Peters Does It Again

    Peters Does It Again

    Justin Peters stopped 28 shots in a 3-2 shootout win Friday night versus the league leading Anaheim Ducks. He also got the monkey off his back by winning his first shootout. Staring down Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf one on one is no easy feat, but Petey got it done allowing a lone goal by Perry to squeeze through the legs. The incredible thing is that Justin has been named the first star in the last four out of five games. During that span, he has a 4-0-1 record, a 1.16 GAA and a .958 SV%. "The terms, "hard worker" and "great guy" are often thrown around too easily to describe players; this is not the case with Peters; he epitomizes those monikers like not too many others," says Elkin.

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Budaj Getting It Done

    Budaj Getting It Done

    Peter Budaj is quietly putting up a solid season thus far for the Montreal Canadiens. After making 26 saves Friday night in a 3-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, including three out of three in the shootout, Budaj has improved his record to 3-1. The only loss came in a game against the Avalanche in which Peter played well. It's not just the results, but the way he is getting them. In the words of Jon Elkin, "This is the best I have seen Peter play in the NHL. Starting with his on ice work this summer, his crease movement is the best I have ever seen from him. He is moving with speed, control, authority and confidence. His agility has also been exceptional and his hands active." Budaj holds a 1.48 GAA and a .945 save percentage.

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  • 13
    November
    2013

    Pete Dawg Stops an Avalanche

    Pete Dawg Stops an Avalanche

    Justin Peters was stellar for the 4th game in a row Tuesday night showing why no one should count this young man out as a legitimate NHL goalkeeper. He made 33 saves in a 2-1 Carolina Hurricanes win over the high flying Colorado Avalanche.  Since being recalled from the AHL on October 24th due to an injured Cam Ward, he has started nine straight games. Peters got off to a rough start losing his first five games. Since then he has had a 3-0-1 run, helping the team climb back into playoff contention with a .500 record. Petey was named the first star in three of the four games. His GAA has dropped to 2.34 and his save percentage climbed to a solid .922. 

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  • 12
    November
    2017

    Murray Named OHL Player of the Week

    Murray Named OHL Player of the Week

    Matt Murray has been nominated the Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week after posting a 3-0 record which included 86 saves and one shutout. He also stopped six of seven shootout attempts in a 3-2 win over the Peterborough Petes on Saturday night.  Matt's record stands at 12-2-0-2 for the season thus far. He leads the OHL in goals against average (2.10), save percentage (.930) and shutouts (3). His strong play has been an anchor for the first place Sault St. Marie Greyhounds. 

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  • 08
    November
    2013

    Clean Sheets All Around

    Clean Sheets All Around

    Thursday night was a good one for two long-time Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools clients: Justin Peters and Matt Murray.  Peters earned the NHL First Star of the night honours with a 21 save 1-0 Carolina Hurricanes win over the New York Islanders. The win was enormous as the Canes are now tied with the Isles in the standings and are one point short of a playoff spot. To read more and view highlights of the game click: http://fw.to/AKH63Al Petey also had a stellar outing on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. He stopped 27 of 28 as the Hurricanes won 2-1. The Pete Dawg, as he is affectionately called, earned the game's first star.  Meantime, in the best junior league in the world, the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Matt Murray continued to show why he is the topped ranked goalie in the league. He earned his third shutout of the season with a 26 save performance for his Sault St. Marie Greyhounds. Murray leads the league in goals against average (2.11), save percentage (.930) and shutouts. He has been a large part of the success of the team thus far as the Hounds have the highest winning percentage in the OHL. 

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  • 01
    November
    2013

    Blackwood Earns 1st OHL Shutout

    Rookie Mackenzie Blackwood earned his first OHL shutout in a 4-0 Barrie Colts win over the Niagara Icedogs Friday night. He stopped 31 shots and was the game's first star.  Blackwood does not only possess huge potential, but is huge in stature, standing 6'4" and weighing a solid 204 pounds. Technically sound, quick and athletic, Mack can be an intimidating presence for opposing shooters. The 17 year old is still too young to be eligible for the NHL draft in June, but should garner much interest in 2015. Blackwood comes from Thunder Bay, Ontario - the same hometown as another successful Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools student, Matt Murray. In 10 games thus far, Mack has a 2.48 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

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  • 30
    October
    2013

    Murray Named to OHL Super Series

    Matt Murray has been named to play in the OHL vs Russia series at the end of November. The two game series is considered a sort if tryout for the World Junior Tournament that happens each Christmas. It is the most prestigious tournament for 16-19 year olds in the world. To represent Canada in the competition is an enormous honour. The whole country virtually stands still when the games are being played. Last year's team featured past and present student, Jordan Bininngton as one of the two goalies. The other goalie was a long time student - Malcolm Subban.  Murray presently leads all Canadian Hockey League goalies with a goals against average of 1.98 and a .934 save percentage. He is the only OHL on the roster of both games. To read more: http://t.co/teXbKfTVaf

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Budaj Sensational Thus Far

    Peter Budaj had another solid outing last night with a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers. To view the highlights and read about the game: http://fw.to/aXRUkjj it was only his second start of the season - he stopped 27 of 28 in a prior win over the Edmonton Oilers. However, his movement,reads and positioning have been world class. 

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  • 20
    October
    2013

    Smith Scores!!!

    Smith Scores!!!

    Mike Smith became only the 11th goalie in NHL history to score a goal Saturday night launching the puck high over everyone's head; the puck entered the net with .1 seconds left. To watch click here It capped a big 5-2 win over the Detroit Redwings for the Phoenix Coyotes and a solid performance by Smith who made 31 of 33 saves and was the game's first star. It was not the first time Smitty had scored a goal. Remarkably, he scored in his pro debut as a 20 year old playing for Lexington in the ECHL. Holding onto a 1-0 shutout, Mike scored to make it 2-0. In doing so, he became the only goalie to ever get a shutout and a goal in the same game and the youngest goalie to ever score a goal. It was a fitting start to a pro season that has seen him go from a late round draft pick of the Dallas Stars to recently signing a 5 year, 6 million dollar deal cementing him as a bonafide NHL starter. Mike took to puckhandling as a teenager. Jon Elkin, realizing the advantage that a strong puckhandling goalie could give a team, designed dedicated weekly puckhandling sessions at his summer camps in Toronto. Smitty was the most eager and adept at learning the skills that were taught. The combination of strength and good skating, allowed Mike to excel in this area of his game. Today he is considered the best puckhandling goalie in the NHL.

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  • 18
    October
    2013

    Peters, Missiaen called up to NHL

    Two students have been called up to the NHL this week. Justin Peters, a 27 year old veteran of 3 NHL seasons was called up from the AHL to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Jason Missiaen, 23, is experiencing his first taste of the NHL. He was called up Thursday by the New York Rangers from The Hartford Wolfpack, AHL. The 6'8" goalie may likely be the tallest goalie to ever suit up in the league. Jon Elkin coached him since he broke into the OHL as a 15 year old with the Peterborough Petes. Peters was also an OHL grad having played for the St. Michaels Majors and the Plymouth Whalers.

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  • 18
    October
    2013

    Murray vs Blackwood

    Thursday night was a goalie duel between Veteran OHLer Matt Murray and rookie Mackenzie Blackwood. Murray, 19, signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the off-season. He stopped all 38 shots he faced as his Soo Greyhounds defeated the Barrie Colts 1-0 and was named the game's first star. Blackwood was almost perfect as well making 28 of 29 saves and earning second star honors.  Murray currently leads all OHL goalies with a 1.61 GAA and a .945 save percentage. He also owns a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 1 OT loss to date and is a big reason the Hounds have the best winning percentage in the Western Conference. Blackwood has played so well and shows so much promise that the Colts elected to trade their veteran goalie anointing Blackwood the starter. The 17 year old will only be NHL draft eligible in 2015. Murray and Blackwood share more than a bright future in the game, they both hail from Thunder Bay, Ontario and both stand at 6'4" tall.

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  • 15
    October
    2013

    The Season Has Begun

    After another very successful summer of goalie camps, another season has begun that will test the progress of so many of our students. Mike Smith and Peter Budaj are being considered for the Canadian Olympic team. Smith signed a lucrative six million dollar contract in the off-season: a culmination of a lot of hard work and battling through adversity since he has been a student of Jon Elkin's as a youngster. Another long-time student, 19 year old Matt Murray signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and is enjoying a strong season with the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds (OHL), a team that Jon Elkin is consulting with this season. Jordan Binnington embarks on his first professional season with the St. Louis Blues organization after having won the OHL Goalie of the Year Award. So much more news has transpired to date so far this season. We will endeavour to keep you in the loop through this news page as well as on our Twitter and Facebook pages. In the meantime, this past week's highlights include a remarkable 67 save performance by Charlie Graham who plays for the Belleville Bulls (OHL). To read story click here To view video click here For another crazy display of athleticism click here and watch Mike Ouzas rob his opponent in Austrian Pro League action. Steven Summerhays started the NCAA season off on the right foot with a pair of shutouts for The Irish of Notre Dame this past weekend and was named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week . Click here to read more Finally, Justin Peters has been recalled from the AHL by the Carolina Hurricanes. He will dress in tonight's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.    

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  • 08
    May
    2013

    Santa Going to National Championships

    Michael Santaguida and his Surrey Eagles won the Western Canada Junior A Championships on the weekend (He made 40 saves in a 4-1 win click to read) and will now play for the National Championships starting this Sunday. For details on the Championship click here

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  • 25
    April
    2013

    Binnington Wins OHL Goalie of the Year

    Jordan Binnington was named the OHL Goaltender of the Year today. His standout season included: representing Team Canada at the World Junior Championships; setting an Owen Sound Attack record with 32 wins and 7 shutouts (1st in the OHL); posting the 2nd lowest OHL GAA (2.17) and 3rd best save percentage (.932). He follows other Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools recipients of the award: Andrew Raycroft, Andy Chiodo, Michael Ouzas and Chris Carrozzi. To read more click here

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  • 22
    April
    2013

    Santa Wins Title

    Michael Santaguida and his Surrey Eagles won the BCHL championship in game 6 by defeating the Penticton Vees 3-2 in overtime Sunday. "Santa" faced 46 shots and was the game's 2nd star. He was also the runner up for Player of the Week honors. Michael was first in playoff stats by a wide margin with a 1.65 GAA and a .955 save percentage in 17 games. Surrey moves on to the Western Canada Cup where the top two teams advance to the Canadian Tier 2 Junior A National Championships. Santaguida has committed to play for the University of Vermont next season.

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  • 07
    April
    2013

    Smith Gets NHL Leading 5th Shutout

    Smith Gets NHL Leading 5th Shutout

      Mike Smith came back with a strong performance Saturday night after being out for two weeks with an injury. He was the aggressive, competitive and confident goalie who, last season, helped the Phoenix Coyotes go the furthest in the playoffs in the history of the franchise. "Smitty" made 24 saves and was named the game's first star in the 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The shutout was his fifth of the season which ties him for first in the NHL. To read about the game and how his teammates perceive him click here

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  • 30
    March
    2013

    Peters Handles Pressure

    Peters Handles Pressure

    Justin Peters was under the gun. His coach, Kirk Muller, called him out for a sub par performance Thursday night versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had not won in three straight games. Today's game against the Winnepeg Jets was a must-win. Peters had to play well. He delivered. "Petey" was rock solid helping the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Jets 3-1 despite being outshot 35-28. In the first period he exploded across the crease to stymie Antropov on a pass backdoor. In the second, he stopped three high quality shots from the slot - two by Winnepeg's top players - Wheeler and Bogosian. He also thwarted two breakaways during the period. In the third, he played positionally sound and controlled his rebounds giving his opponents nothing. Getting called out was probably deserved; responding to the challenge is what he had to do. Anyone who knows Justin Peters was not surprised.

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  • 27
    March
    2013

    Budaj!

    Budaj!

    In the NHL Wednesday night, Peter Budaj came in for relief at the start of the third period with the Montreal Canadiens down 4-2 against the Boston Bruins. It was a big game as both teams are vying for first place in their Division. Budaj made a number of very tough key stops as the Canadiens managed to scrape back and tie the game. Of the 15 shots he faced, only one found its way past him - a breakaway by Tyler Seguin, who has shot for Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools for the past six years. With the game going to a shootout, Budaj had to be perfect and he was. He stopped all 6 shootout attempts. Montreal remains tied with the Bruins for first place of the Northeast Division. Peter has been a big contributor to the Canadiens' success this season sporting a terrific 5-1-1-1 record.

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  • 27
    March
    2013

    Binner vs Murray

    Jordan Binnington and Matt Murray treated the fans in Soo St. Marie to a goalie duel Wednesday night. The Owen Sound Attack entered the game up 2-1 in the best of seven first round OHL playoff series. The saves were plentyful and spectacular. In the end someone had to lose. With 42 seconds left in the first overtime, Ryan Sproul, who has the best shot in the league, fired a slap shot from the high slot beating Binnington and snapping a scorless tie for a 1-0 Soo Greyhounds victory. Jordan had made 3 point blank saves in a row, but couldn't stop the 4th one which was a bullet. The series is tied at two games a piece and will resume Friday night in Owen Sound. "Binner" stopped 41 of 42 shots and was named the 2nd star while Murray, who was heroic in overtime, made all 36 saves that he faced and was the first star. Both Murray and Binnington were 3rd round NHL draft picks. Binnington, 19, has already signed with the St. Louis Blues. Murray, 18, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In other OHL playoff action, Tyson Teichmann has stopped 56 of the last 59 shots he's faced over the last two games for the extreme underdog, Mississauga Steelheads. They tied their series, versus the Belleville Bulls, 2-2 Monday night.

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  • 27
    March
    2013

    MVP Anthony Peters

    MVP Anthony Peters

    Anthony Peters was awarded his teams' MVP award tonight for guiding his St. Mary's Huskies to the Canadian University National Finals. He did all he could to help win the title, but succumbed 1-0 in the final game. Three Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools students have won the National title in the past: Mike Mole, Mike Ouzas and Neil Conway.

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  • 12
    March
    2013

    Just Peters Shuts Out Caps

    Just Peters Shuts Out Caps

    Justin Peters made 26 saves to earn his 2nd career shutout in a 4-0 win over the Washington Capitals Tuesday night. To read more click here

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  • 12
    March
    2013

    McKay & Santaguida Win League Awards

    Michael Santaguida has been named the BCHL Top Goaltender for leading the league in both save percentage and goals against average - click here for story Ryan McKay also lead his league (NCAA Division 1 CCHA) in save percentage and GAA. For his exceptional play he was named to the league All-Rookie Team - click here for story

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  • 06
    March
    2013

    Another Big Night for the Peters Bros

    Justin and Anthony Peters both had strong outings on Tuesday after solid weekend performances. Justin, 26, was called up to the Carolins Hurricanes from the AHL on Tuesday and was thrown right into the fire. He made the most of the opportunity in a big 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres and Ryan Miller. "Petey" faced 40 shots (check out this sensational, key momentum saver stop against one of the league's foremost offensive threats with a minute left in the second period - click here). He was the game's second star. Click here to watch interview. Anthony Peters, 22, is in the midst of a second round playoff series for the St. Mary's University Huskies who compete in the CIS (Canada's Division 1 College Hockey League). After losing game one in double overtime 1-0 and making 40 saves, St. Mary's tied the series with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night. Peters made 32 saves - click here for article.

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  • 25
    February
    2013

    Goalie Brothers Kicking Rubber

    Goalie Brothers Kicking Rubber

    Justin Peters stopped 68 of 69 shots over the weekend for the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). On Friday he made 27 of 28 saves in a 5-1 win. On Saturday, he stole the show with a 41 save 1-0 sutout. (Click here for more details).  Not to be outdone by his older brother, Anthony starred for his St. Mary's Huskies team in the first round of Canadian University (CIS) hockey playoffs making 82 of 84 saves over the weekend. Saturday, Anthony stopped 41 of 43 shots in a 3-2 win. On Sunday, he duplicated Justin's shutout with a 1-0 fourty-one save shutout of his own. To read more about Anthony's games click here and here The brothers from Blythe, Ontario both played in the OHL. Justin, who is 26, was drafted and signed by the Carolina Hurricanes. He has played 28 games in the NHL so far. Anthony, who is 22, suffered a severe broken leg in a car crash which caused him to miss a whole year of junior hockey. He is undrafted, but keeps developing and working on his game playing at the top level of Canadian Division 1 College hockey.

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  • 23
    February
    2013

    Santaguida Commits to Vermont

    Toronto native, 19 year old Michael Santaguida, has committed to play for the University of Vermont Catamounts. He has torn up the BCHL (Junior A Tier 2 in British Columbia, Canada). He leads the league with a .933 save percentage and in GAA for those who have played more than 20 games (2.27). The diminutive 5'9" goalie compensates for his size with speed, technique, smarts and superior puckhandling. He has been a student of Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools since 8 or 9 years old. He has put in an incredible number of hours preparing on and off the ice and is well-deserving of his success.

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  • 23
    February
    2013

    Lavigne Does it Again

    Underage Junior A goalie Hayden Lavigne recorded his third shutout in four games Friday night in a 3-0 victory for the Wellington Dukes of the OJHL. The 16 year old Belleville Bulls draft pick stopped all 24 shots he faced. His 2.48 GAA and .922 save percentage rank him sixth best in the league in both categories.

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  • 18
    February
    2013

    McKay vs Summerhays Makes History

    McKay vs Summerhays Makes History

    Ryan McKay and Steven Summerhays made history last Sunday in front of 52,051 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago. It was the first outdoor game ever played by Summerhays' Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team and McKay's Miami of Ohio Redhawks. It was the largest crowd ever performed in front of for either hockey program. Both McKay and Summerhays were soild in net. Mckay making 26 stops and Summerhays 22 in a 2-1 victory for The Fighting Irish. To read more click here To view highlights click here McKay reflects on the game click here

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  • 19
    February
    2013

    Smith vs Taylor

    Mike Smith earned his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames. Danny Taylor, making his first NHL start (he previously came in relief for the LA Kings five years ago), was at the losing end of the competition between two friends. Danny, who first attended Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools in Ottawa as a 12 year old, is married to Danielle, Mike Smith's neighbour and good friend growing up. Danielle was also a goalie - a very good one - who also came to the goalie school in the summer. The two are expecting their first child who will have some tremendous goalie genes if he or she decides to pursue the position! Taylor, in the opinion of Jon Elkin, "Was the most talented youngster I have ever coached. He was super quick, atheletic and supremely confident. He was so confident that he had a hot dog painted on his mask"! Danny went on to play in the OHL, signed with the Los Angeles Kings and has been playing in the minor leagues for the last six years. He so dominated the AHL over the last two seasons that the Flames recently signed him to a NHL contract. An eager student of the game, workout fiend, extremely hard worker on the ice and humble guy, Taylor, who is lightning quick, should continue to get opportunities to prove he belongs in the NHL. He has been both a student and instructor at Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools over the years. To read more about Monday night's game and to view highlights click here

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  • 19
    January
    2013

    Binnington Shuts The Door

    Jordan Binnington slammed the door air-tight again Saturday night posting his OHL leading 5th shutout of the season. He stopped all 32 shots he faced and was named the game's 1st star in a 3-0 Owen Sound Attack win over the Belleville Bulls. The Bulls feature Binnington's Canada World Junior Team goalie partner, Malcolm Subban. Binner demonstrated the perfect balance between being technically sound, reading the play and athleticism. Jordan presently ranks 2nd in the OHL with a stellar .932 save percentage. He has been signed by the St. Louis Blues and will hopefully start his pro career next season.

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  • 17
    January
    2013

    Peters An All-Star

    Justin Peters has benn named to the AHL All-Star game to be played January 29. Click to read further

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  • 17
    January
    2013

    Peters Stingy Once Again

    Justin Peters posted his 3rd shutout in four games Wednesday night in a 28 save 1-0 win Charlotte Checkers win over the Grand Rapids Griffins. Charlotte is the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL team. Peters has five shutouts for the season, the second most in the AHL. To read more and view highlights click here

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  • 17
    January
    2013

    Murray - CHL Goalie of the Week

    Matt Murray, of the OHL Soo Greyhounds, has been named the CHL Vaughn Goalie of the Week. He was 3-0 for the week with two first star honors. Over the three games he let in a miserly four goals. The 6'5" Thunder Bay, Ontario native was drafted in the 3rd round by the Pittsburgh Penguins in last summer's NHL draft. To read more click here

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  • 17
    December
    2012

    Weekend Roundup

    This past weekend not only saw Jordan Binnington make team Canada, but it was confirmed that he will be one of the first two goalies and not the emergency backup. Tyson Teichmann had a big weeknd for the mississauga Steelheads in OHL action. On Friday he lost in a shootout 2-1, but only after making 40 saves and earning 2nd star honours. On Saturday, playing in his hometown Belleville, Tys stopped 34 shots in a 3-1 victory and was the game's 3rd star. Matt Murray also had a strong weekend for his Soo St. Marie Greyhounds. He stopped 34 Friday in a 2-1 overtime win and was 1st star of the match. On Sunday, he stopped 19 shots in a 4-1 win over the Windsor Spitfires. In the AHL, Justin Peters shutout Houston 3-0 on Saturday with 23 stops to his credit and 1st star honours. The Carolina Hurricane's goalie followed up with a 22 save 2-1 win over San Antonio on Sunday. Chris Carrozzi also earned a shutout this weekend making 21 saves in ECHL action.

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  • 13
    December
    2012

    Binner Makes Team Canada!

    Jordan Binnington was named as one of the three goalies who will represent Canada at the World Junior Hockey Tournament in Finland starting December 26th: click here It is an enormous accomplishment to play in the prestigious competition which features the top junior players in the world. Past student, Malcolm Subban, is another of the goaltenders who made the squad. Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools would like to extend its congratulations to the boys and wish them the best of luck!

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  • 03
    December
    2012

    Binnington Invited to Canada National Junior Camp

    Jordan Binnington has been named one of the four goalies to be invited to Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp taking place December 11th  in Calgary. To read more click here

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  • 19
    November
    2012

    Binnington is OHL Player of the Week

    Jordan Binnington has been named the OHL Player of the Week after serving up multiple donuts on the weekend. His record over the week was 2-1-0-0 with a .956 save percentage and a 1.34 GAA.  He also stopped all 8 shots he faced in half a game in the OHL versus Team Russia series last Monday. He is the first goalie to win the Player of the Week award this season. It was a week that saw him claim the record for most wins by an Owen Sound Attack goalie in franchise history. Jordan is tied for first in league shutouts with 2. He is second in GAA (2.18) and second in save percentage (.932). His record with the Attack thus far is 13-3-1-2. To read more click here

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  • 18
    November
    2012

    Binnington Serves Up Second Straight Donut

    Jordan Binnington posted his second shutout in as many days by saving all 26 shots in a 2-1 Owen Sound win over Windsor in OHL action Sunday. "Binner" was awarded First Star honours. The Attack will be honouring Jordan Wednesday night for surpassing Curtis Sanford on the all-time franchise win list. Jordy won his 66th game for Owen Sound by shuting out the Kichener Rangers Saturday. To read about Binnington's achievements thus far in his young career click here

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  • 18
    November
    2012

    Binner Sets Record with Shutout

    Jordan Binnington set an Owen Sound Attack franchise record Saturday night for the most wins by a goalie and he did it in style recording a 35 save shutout over division rival Kitchener Rangers. The Attack won the game 4-0 which allowed them to hold on to the OHL lead with 33 points. "Binner's" 66th win moved him ahead of a Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools past student, Curtis Sanford. Sanford broke into the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, the team that has signed Binnington to a NHL contract after drafting him in the third round of the 2011 NHL draft. Last night's First Star performance showed why Jordan is one of the four goalies in contention to play for Team Canada in the prestigious World Junior Tournament at Christmas.

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  • 08
    November
    2012

    Carrozzi ECHL Goalie of the Week

    Chris Carrozzi has been named the ECHL Goalie of the Week for the Oct. 29-Nov. 4 period. He went 3-0-0 with a shutout and a .938 save percentage. To read more click here Chris extended his win streak Wednesday night in a 3-1 victory over San Francisco. He stopped 23 of 24 shots and was the game's third star. It has been a complete reversal of fortune for the Winnipeg Jets prospect. He struggled in the first four games of the season, but chose to forget the past and start with a fresh approach demonstrating mental toughness.

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  • 28
    October
    2012

    Weekend Player Update

    Jordan Binnington had another stellar weekend stopping 103 of 108 shots in three games for a 95.37 save percentage. His team won two and lost one in a shootout for a total of 5 out of a possible 6 points. His Team, the Owen Sound Attack, lead the OHL in winning percentage at 0.786. "Binner" is first in league GAA (1.96) and first in save percentage (.940). He is signed by the St. Louis Blues who drafted him in the third round of the 2011 NHL draft. In other news, Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins' third round pick from the recent 2012 NHL draft, had a strong game for the Soo Greyhounds today stopping 33 of 35 in a 6-2 win over Guelph. He was the game's Third Star. Justin Peters and Andy Iles both had shutouts this weekend. Iles, Cornell's starting goaltender, stopped all 19 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory over Colorado College in NCAA Division 1 action Friday and follwed up with a 3-2 win the next night against Colorado. He currently holds a .952 save percentage. Justin Peters made 19 stops today for the shutout in AHL play for the Carolina Hurricanes' farm team in a 6-0 win over Peoria, the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues. In other NCAA play, Steven Summerhays got the 5-2 Notre Dame win over Northern Michigan making 22 saves. In 5 games he has a miniscule 1.61 GAA and a terrific .938 save percentage.

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  • 23
    October
    2012

    Binnington to Play vs Russia

    Jordan Binnington's play at Team Canada's summer camps as well as his hot start to the season has resulted in a well-deserved nomination to Team OHL for the upcoming series versus Team Russia. Binner will participate in both of the two game series. He will split duties with an old Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools' student, Malcolm Subban. To read more click here

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  • 03
    October
    2012

    Pitton Wins Player of the Month

    Pitton Wins Player of the Month

    Bryan Pitton was the first recipient of this season's Player of the Month award for the British Elite League. To read more click here After his OHL career with the Brampton Battalion, Pitton signed with the Edmonton Oilers playing three seaons in their farm system and getting called up to the NHL team on numerous occasions. The Oilers decided to go in another direction and Bryan is currently plying his trade in Europe.

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  • 21
    September
    2012

    Binner Starts Season Off Right

    Jordan Binnington put forth a 33 save 3rd star of the game performance Thursday night to kick off the 2012-13 OHL season. His Owen Sound Attack beat the Windsor Spitfires 4-1 in Windsor. Jordan is signed by the St. Louis Blues, NHL. To view a couple of big saves click here

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  • 31
    May
    2012

    Binnington Signs with Blues

    18 year old Toronto native Jordan Binnington signed with the St. Louis Blues Monday, the team that drafted him in the third round last June. To read more click here

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  • 31
    May
    2012

    4 Invited to Canada Devlopment Camp

    Four students have been invited to partake in Hockey Canada's goalie development camp in June: Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound (OHL), Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL), Storm Phaneuf, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) and Spencer Martin, Mississauga (OHL). The top 16 junior age goalies from across the country are on Hockey Canada's radar for its national teams. To read more click here

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  • 23
    May
    2012

    Smith Loses Hearbreaker

    Mike Smith's tremendous season came to an end in overtime last night. He faced 51 shots in the 4-3 loss. He finished the playoffs with a .944 save percentage, a 1.99 GAA and 3 shutouts. To read Mike's inspirational story click here

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  • 23
    May
    2012

    McKay USHL Goalie of the Year

    Ryan McKay earned the USHL Goalie of the Year award after posting a 27-5-3 record with a 2.18 GAA (1st best in league) and a .920 save percentage (2nd in league). To read more click here His team, the Green Bay Gamblers, is currently tied 2 games a piece in the league finals. Ryan is committed to Miami of Ohio for next season.

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  • 14
    May
    2012

    Coyotes Drop Game One

    Mike Smith did everything he could to hold off the Los Angeles Kings Sunday night as the Kings outshot the Coyotes 47 to 27. Smith was remarkable keeping the game close especially after being outshot 17-4 in the first period and escaping with a 1-1 score. In the end the Kings proved too much winning the opening game of the semi finals 3-2.

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  • 14
    May
    2012

    USHL Finals Update

    Ryan McKay and Stephon Williams are locked in a goalie battle as their respective teams are tied 1-1 in the USHL Championship. Both games were played over the weekend. Williams' Waterloo Black Hawks beat McKays' Green Bay Gamblers on Saturday 2-1. Williams was named the game's 2nd star after stopping 37 of 38 shots. On Sunday, McKay was the first star as he pitched a 22 save shutout as the Gamblers evened up the series with a 2-0 victory. Williams had another strong game making 32 of 33 saves.

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  • 09
    May
    2012

    Smith, McKay, Williams Resume Playoffs On Weekend

    Mike Smith's semi final versus the LA Kings should start on the weekend. In another exciting playoff series, Ryan McKay will face Stephon Williams in the USHL Finals this weekend. 

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  • 26
    April
    2012

    Taylor Reaches AHL 2nd Round

    Taylor Reaches AHL 2nd Round

    Danny Taylor helped his Abbotsford Heat defeat Milwaukee in straight games in the opening round of the AHL playoffs. After a terrific regular season posting a .927 save percentage, Danny is maintaining the pace in the playoffs finishing the first round with a solid .925 save percentage. Abbotsford is the Calgary Flames' AHL squad while Milwaukee is Nashville's. Taylor played a couple of games in the NHL for the LA Kings in 2008 and has been honing his game in the American Hockey League since.

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  • 24
    April
    2012

    Mike Smith: BRILLIANT!

    Mike Smith: BRILLIANT!

    Mike Smith had a game for the ages Monday night stopping all 39 shots he faced catapulting his Coyotes into the second round for the first time in the franchise's history. "Smitty" held Chicago off the score sheet with a brilliant first period that saw the 'Yotes outshot 16 to 2. Phoenix broke open the scoring in the second frame even with the shots a lopsided 28 to 8 two thirds through the game. Finally the flood gates opened in the third as the Coyotes scored 3 more times to prevail 4-0 despite being outshot 39 to 20 for the match. Mike went cross crease multiple times for tremendous backdoor saves:click here & click here   Phoenix moves on to face Nashville in the second round. To read more click here

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  • 22
    April
    2012

    Murray/Smith Updates

    Matt Murray was in goal for Team Canada's first medal at the U18 World Championships since 2008 and only their fourth ever at the tournament. They defeated Finland 5-4 in overtime today. To read more click here Saturday night saw a fifth overtime game in a row against the Chicago Blackhawks for Mike Smith and his Phoenix Coyotes. Mike was stellar once again making 36 saves in the 2-1 loss. He was the game's second star. Phoenix leads the series 3 games to 2.

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  • 21
    April
    2012

    Murray, Canada Lose in Semis

    Team Canada's U18 team lost a 2-1 semifinal game against the U.S. Friday. Murray finished the game with 25 saves and comported himself very well as Canada's number one goalie.

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  • 19
    April
    2012

    Murray Stands Tall

    Matt Murray had a terrific game in goal for Team Canada at the World U18 Championships today in a quarterfinal win over Russia. He made 28 saves in the 4-2 victory. His most spectacular stop occurred near the beginning of the third period on a broken play. Murray, having butterflied on the left side of the crease, extended with his blocker as the puck squirted to a Russian player on the far side of the goal. The Russian forward had an open net to shoot for and fired a shot that was labelled for the top corner. Murray exteded his arm and leg and got a piece of the puck with his blocker. It was eneough to thwart any thought of a Russian comeback. Murray, who plays for the Soo St. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, is considered a top prospect for the NHL draft in June. Matt stands 6'4" and hails from Thunder Bay, Ontario. To read the stat sheet click here

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  • 18
    April
    2012

    Coyotes Win in OT

    Mike Smith had another strong outing between the pipes Wednesday night in a 3-2 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks to put the 'Yotes up 2 games to 1 in the opening round series. Smith bounced back from a check to the head on Sunday that kept him off the ice until yesterday's morning skate. He made 35 out of 37 saves.

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  • 14
    April
    2012

    Binnington Plays 1st Pro Game

    18 year old Jordan Binnington played his first professional hockey game Sunday and comported himself very well even though his team, the Peoria Rivermen (the St. Loius Blues' AHL team) lost 3-2 against the Chiocago Wolves. "Binner" made 35 saves and was the game's 3rd Star. Jordan, a native of Toronto, Canada, was drafted by the St. Loius Blues in June 2012. He plays for the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL and has an OHL Championship under his belt. To read about the game click here

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  • 14
    April
    2012

    Charlotte Keeping Playoff Hopes Alive

    Charlotte Keeping Playoff Hopes Alive

    Justin Peters and the Charlotte Checkers won again last night to keep their AHL playoff hopes alive. Peters made 31 saves in Charlotte's 6-1 win over Peoria Friday to follow up his shutout on Tuesday. He has stopped 50 of the last 51 shots he's faced. The victory moved the Checkers from 11th to 9th place in an exteremly tight race for the 8th spot in the Western Conference. "Petey" was a key force holding down the fort as his team was outshot 10-2 in the first 10 minutes of the game. To read more click here Check out the tight Western Conference standings by clicking here

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  • 13
    April
    2012

    Smith Shines in Game 1

    Mike Smith got over a bad first period goal to go on to stop 43 shots in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night. He was named the game's first star. To read more click here

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  • 12
    April
    2012

    Murray, Canada Win Opener

    Matt Murray stopped 15 of 16 shots in Canada's opening match in the 2012 World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic on Thursday. They defeated Denmark 6-1. Russia also won in the other opener versus Latvia. Canada plays Finland next on Saturday. To read more click here

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  • 11
    April
    2012

    Peters Posts Key Shutout Win

    Peters Posts Key Shutout Win

    Justin Peters stopped all 22 shots he faced for his Charlotte Checkers Tuesday night in American Hockey League action. They defeated the Rockford Icehogs, the Chicago Blackhawks' farm team, 3-0. It was an enormous win for the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL squad as they enter the final weekend of the regular season in a fight for a playoff berth with five other teams: all within a point of each other. Peters was named the First Star of the match. "Pete Dawg" was sent back down to the AHL last month after filling in as Cam Wards' backup for an injured Brian Boucher. Justin sparkled for the Canes with a .931 save percentage.

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  • 09
    April
    2012

    Smith NHL 1st Star

    Mike Smith earned another NHL First Star of the Week award for his play during the last week of the season. To read more click here

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  • 08
    April
    2012

    Coyotes Win Division

    Coyotes Win Division

    Mike Smith followed up his three shutouts in a row with two one goal games that helped propel his Phoenix Coyotes into the third Western Conference seed for the playoffs. On Friday, "Smitty" turned aside 31 shots in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues earning the 1st star. Saturday, The 'Yotes beat Minnesota 4-1 with Smith facing 24 shots and being named the game's 3rd star. It was Phoenix's first division title in their history. Mike finished the season with a remarkable .930 save percentage (3rd in NHL), a low 2.21 GAA, 38 wins (4th in the league) and 8 shutouts (3rd in NHL). Some are calling for a Vezina trophy nomination. His coach Dave Tippett commented: "He's embraced the No. 1 goaltender role with our team and he's played excellent. He had a few games there where he was basically willing us into the playoffs. His game is top-notch right now. Hopefully it goes into the playoffs and that continues." They start the playoffs Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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  • 06
    April
    2012

    Binnington, Maxwell Called Up

    Two Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools OHL students were called up to the AHL today. Jordan Binnington, an 18 year old 3rd round pick of the St. Louis Blues is on his way to join the Peoria Rivermen - the Blues' AHL club. Free agent Brandon Maxwell, hot off a sensational run with the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors, was called up to back up with the Hamilton Bulldogs this weekend - the Montreal Canadiens' AHL squad.

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  • 04
    April
    2012

    Murray, Martin Make U18

    Matt Murray and Spencer Martin were named to Canada's Under 18 team that will compete at the World Championships in the Czech Republic April 12-22. Click here for more details

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  • 03
    April
    2012

    Smith Sets Record

    Smith Sets Record

    Mike Smith tied the Phoenix Coyotes franchise record for most shutouts (8) in a season with Tuesday night's miraculous 54 save performance. He also set a NHL record for most saves for a regular season shutout. It was Mike's third shutout in a row. None of the three shutouts have been easy with 54, 44 and 38 saves made in his last three games for a total of 128 straight stops. The stellar netminding has also been done under pressure as the Coyotes fight for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. "Smitty's" shutout streak now stands at 220 minutes. To view highlights and read more click here

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  • 02
    April
    2012

    Majors Season Ends in OT

    The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors lost a heart breaker with 30 seconds left in overtime Monday night that ended their season. It was a perfectly executed backdoor pass off of a 2 on 1 that did the Majors in. Click to watch Brandon Maxwell finished the game with 38 saves. Maxwell had a sensational run with the Majors helping them make the playoffs with a sparkling .930 save percentage and six shutouts. He also had a strong playoffs for the underdog St. Mikes, finishing the series with a .933 save percentage.

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  • 02
    April
    2012

    Smith Wins NHL Award

    Mike Smith was awarded the NHL's 3rd Star of the Week award after recording consecutive shutouts during which he stopped 82 shots. To read more click here "Smitty" has 7 shutouts so far this season. He was awarded the NHL Player of the Month in February.

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  • 02
    April
    2012

    Lacasse Makes Team Canada

    Genevieve Lacasse has been named to represent Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Women's Championship. The Kingston, Ontario native tends goal for Providence College. To view roster click here

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  • 01
    April
    2012

    Chiodo Loses in Austrian Final

    Andy Chiodo and his KAC team went down in defeat Sunday in the Austrian Pro Hockey League final. It was the second time in two seasons that they lost in the final round. Chiodo was brilliant throughout the playoffs. He knocked off the favorites, Red Bull, who's goalie was Marty Turco. As soon as Turco lost out to Chiodo's team, he signed with the Boston Bruins. A Toronto native, Andy has experienced considerable success thus far. He was an OHL All Star and Goalie of the Year with the St. Michaels Majors. As a 20 year old, he played 8 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and guided their AHL squad to the league finals. Chiodo has also played in Russia's top league as well as Finlands.

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  • 01
    April
    2012

    Vilardo Wins National Championship

    Buffalo's Nick Vilardo won the U14 Tier 1 USA Hockey National Championship Sunday with his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Jr Knights team.  In 5 games he put up a .937 save percentage and a 1.97 GAA.

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  • 01
    April
    2012

    Majors Fall in Game 5

    The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors lost a tight game Saturday night 2-1 versus the Barrie Colts. The series stands at 3 games to 2 for the Colts. The Majors face a must win game Monday night in Mississauga. Brandon Maxwell stopped 26 of 28 shots in the loss.

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  • 01
    April
    2012

    Smith Shuts Out Ducks

    Smith Shuts Out Ducks

    Mike Smith put on a clinic Saturday night making 44 saves in a key victory over the Anaheim Ducks. His Phoenix Coyotes moved into 7th place with the win and are in a battle for one of the final playoff spots that should go right down to the wire. "Smitty" hasn't let a goal past him in 160 minutes. He stopped 38 shots the game before in a 2-0 victory.

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  • 01
    April
    2012

    Carrozzi Gets 1st AHL Win

    Winnipeg Jets' prospect, Chris Carrozzi, earned his first AHL victory Saturday night in his second AHL game since turning a pro last season. Chris stopped 24 of 26 and was the game's 3rd star. To read more about the game click here Prior to turning pro, Carrozzi was the OHL Goalie of the Year with the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors.

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  • 30
    March
    2012

    Smith Shuts Out Sharks

    Mike Smith couldn't have picked a more important time to post his 6th shutout of the season. With the Phoenix Coyotes battling the San Jose Sharks for the last playoff spot in the western conference, Smith made 38 saves to help his team beat the Sharks 2-0 Thursday night. "Smitty" is fourth in the NHL for wins by a goalie with 34.

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  • 28
    March
    2012

    Majors Win Game 4

    The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors stayed alive in opening round playoff action Tuesday night, with a 3-2 win over the Barrie Colts. The series is tied at two games a piece with the 5th match returning to Barrie Saturday night. Mississauga's goaltending was strong again. Brandon Maxwell stopped 27 of 29 shots.

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  • 24
    March
    2012

    Majors Even Series

    Brandon Maxwell earned his first OHL career playoff shutout Friday night and 7th shutout of the season as the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors evened up their first round playoff series 1-1 with the Barrie Colts. Maxwell made 26 saves in the Majors' 4-0 win. Game three will be played Monady night in Barrie.

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Smith Stops 39

    Mike Smith stopped 39 of 41 shots Thursday night in a Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. He was named the 2nd Star. The win helped the Coyotes hang on to 7th place in the Western Conference as they battle to make the playoffs. It was Smith's 100th win of his career. Check out Smith's cross crease point blank save with 16.5 minutes to go in the second period to keep the Coyotes up 2-0. Click here

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  • 23
    March
    2012

    Majors Drop Game 1

    The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors lost game one Thursday night in the opening round of the OHL playoffs to the Barrie Colts. The Colts, a big, offensively skilled team, fired 35 shots at Brandon Maxwell scoring 2 goals. The final score (with an empty nettter) was 3-1. Game two will be played tonight in Mississauga.

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  • 19
    March
    2012

    McKay Leads USHL

    Ryan McKay leads the USHL in GAA (2.15) and save percentage (.921) for the second straight season. To read more click here

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  • 18
    March
    2012

    Majors Finish in 6th

    The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors defeated the Oshawa Generals Saturday night to finish in 6th place in the OHL's Eastern Conference. Brandon Maxwell stopped all 25 shots he faced for his 6th shutout of the season and third in his last five games. "Max" tied for second in the OHL for shutouts. The Majors open the playoffs Thursday against a formidable opponent, the Barrie colts. To read more click here

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  • 18
    March
    2012

    Mike Smith Up For The Masterton

    Mike Smith has been nominated for Masterton Trophy. The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. Click here to read article   Perseverance has been Mike's whole career. For the real story go to our instructional video page http://www.elkingoaltending.com/instructional-videos.html and click on the "20 Rules to Goaltending Success" tab and watch Rule 19 & 20.

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  • 12
    March
    2012

    Maxwell OHL Player of the Week

    For the second time in three weeks, Brandon Maxwell has been named the OHL Player of the Week. He went 3-0-0-0 over the weekend starting with two straight shutouts and finishing up the weekend with a 5-3 thirty-five save performance giving him a GAA of 1.00 and a save percentage of .972. Since joining St. Mikes at the trade deadline in January, "Max" has helped catapult the Majors into a playoff spot with a 14-10-0-1 record. He's put up impressive numbers with St. Mikes: a 2.64 GAA and a .928 save percentage. To read more click here

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  • 11
    March
    2012

    Missiaen Stands Tall

    6'8" New York Rangers' prospect, Jason Missiaen, continued to impress Saturday night making 35 of 37 stops and 4 of 5 in the shootout for a 3-2 win. His Greenville team beat South Carolina in ECHL action. "Mish" played the perfect positional game, as preached in Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools instructional video - "Advanced Positioning": http://www.elkingoaltending.com/instructional-videos.html

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  • 11
    March
    2012

    Smith Bounces Back With Shutout

    After going 11-0 for the month of February and earning the NHL's Player of the Month, Mike Smith struggled to start the month of March. He was 0-3 prior to Saturday's game versus San Jose. Smith, after being given last game off, looked rested and sharp making 42 saves in a 3-0 win. The two points were huge for the Coyotes as they are in a fierce battle for the last playoff spot in the western conference. The shutout was "Smitty's" fifth of the season and 16th of his career. He was the game's first star. Shutouts seem to be a common theme this week. On Thursday and Friday, Brandon Maxwell stopped 71 shots in two games for two shutouts in two nights. Saturday night saw JP Anderson and Alex Fotinos pitch shutouts in the OHL as well.

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  • 10
    March
    2012

    Majors' Goalies Putting Up Blanks

    Ex Mississauga St. Michaels Majors' goalie, JP Anderson, made 23 saves in a 4-0 win for his Sarnia Sting tonight. The Majors exchanged Anderson for Brandon Maxwell at the OHL trade deadline. Maxwell posted shutouts Thursday and Friday nights. So that's three shutouts in three nights for the Majors' goalies (sort of!). In other OHL action, Jon Elkin's Goalie schools student, Alex Fotinos, earned his first shutout tonight in a 3-0 win over the Belleville Bulls. His Barrie Colts team was outshot, however, the underage rookie goaltender stood tall making 38 saves. He was named first star of the match.

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  • 10
    March
    2012

    Maxwell Gets 2nd Shutout in a Row

    The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors beat the Kingston Frontenacs Friday night 9-0. The win secured a playoff spot for the Majors in a tight OHL Eastern Conference race. Majors' goalie, Brandon Maxwell, made 28 saves in earning his second shutout in a row. It was Brandon's third shutout in his last 5 games.

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  • 09
    March
    2012

    Murray OHL Academic Player of the Month

    Matthew Murray has earned the OHL Academic Player of the Month for February. The 17 year old from Thunder Bay, Ontario continues to prioritize school while managing a rigorous OHL schedule that includes games, practices, workouts, meetings and travel. On top of a busy schedule, Matt has the added pressure of being a top rated prospect in his NHL draft year. To read more click here

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  • 09
    March
    2012

    Budaj Beats Oilers

    Peter Budaj got a rare start last night and came through with flying colors helping his Montreal Canadiens defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3. All three goals were tips or solid screens. He made a bunch of key saves including one cross crease slide in the dying minutes. To watch the 6'1" Slovakian goalie's post game comments click here

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  • 08
    March
    2012

    Maxwell Brilliant in Shutout

    Brandon Maxwell was lights out in helping the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors beat the first place Niagara Icedogs Friday night 2-0. The Majors were outshot 43-22, but managed to hold on to a 1-0 lead until scoring an empty net goal with less than a minute left. Maxwell stole a much needed win for his team who is fighting to get into the playoffs. It was Brandon's 4th shutout of the season. He was named the game's first star. To read more about the upset click here

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  • 08
    March
    2012

    Majors Fighting to Make Playoffs

    After going all the way to the OHL Finals and hosting the Memorial Cup last season, the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors are in rebuilding mode and struggling to make the last playoff spot with a young team. This is the 9th season that Jon Elkin has been the goalie coach for the Majors. To read more click here

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  • 08
    March
    2012

    Chiodo Does it All

    Andy Chiodo fights and gets a shutout in the same game. His team leads the semi finals of the Austrian Pro League 2-0. To read more click here

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  • 08
    March
    2012

    Missiaen Goalie of the Week

    Jason Missiaen won the ECHL Goalie of the Week award for the past week. Signed by the New York Rangers in the off-season, Jason is in his first year of pro hockey. The 21 year old from Chatham, Ontario went 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA and a .948 save percentage last week. The 6'8" Missiaen played for the Peterborough Petes of the OHL for three seasons where he was tutored by Jon Elkin. Another runner up for the award was another Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools student, Chris Carrozzi who is property of the Winnipeg Jets. Chris was 2-0-0 with a 1.51 GAA and a save percentage of .951. To read more click here

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  • 07
    March
    2012

    All-Star Anthony Peters

    21 year old Canadian University D1 goalie, Anthony Peters, was named to his league's first team All-Star squad for his fine peformance during his rookie season. The Blyth, Ontario native plays for the University of Saint Mary's Huskies in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Anthony played four seasons in the OHL prior to attending University. His last OHL squad was the St. Michaels Majors.

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  • 05
    March
    2012

    Binnington Stops 46 of 47

    Jordan Binnington stopped 46 of 47 in a 2-1 shootout win over Kingston Saturday night. Not only did "Binner" stop a lot of shots and rebounds, he stoned all three players in the shootout plus one clear breakaway during the game. During the first part of the season, breakaways were his nemesis. Lately, however, he has turned them into a strength by holding his ground and being explosive when the player dekes. He was named the game's 1st star. To read more click here

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  • 03
    March
    2012

    Peters Reassigned to AHL

    Justin Peters has been reassigned to Charlotte: the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL team. With Brian Boucher back from injury, Peters became the odd man out. Peters demonstrated that he can play and flourish at the NHL level by sporting a terrific .931 save percentage with the 'Canes. To read more click here

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  • 01
    March
    2012

    Smith NHL's Hottest Player

    Mike Smith has been named the NHL Player of the Month for February. He went 11-0 for the month with a 1.42 GAA and a .952 save percentage. His work ethic, never give up, never give in attitude, and leadership has been well-received by his teamates and has resulted in a some incredible goaltending. An added bonus is his elite puckhandling skills - probably the best in the NHL. To read more click here

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  • 29
    February
    2012

    Conway & Peters Solid Tandem

    Neil Conway and Anthony Peters, two longtime Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools students, have provided solid goaltending for their St. Mary's Huskies varsity men's hockey team. The Huskies are the Canadian equivalent of a NCAA Division 1 hockey team. Both are ex OHL goalies. The veteran Conway already has a National Championship under his belt. The rookie Peters, has led the league in both goals against average and save percentage. They are presently tied in their semifinal best of five playoff series 1-1. To read more about them click here

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Smith Bangs Out 11 Straight

    Mike Smith out-dueled Cory Sneider Tuesday night with a spectacular 39 save first star performance. The Coyotes beat the Canucks 2-1 in a shootout. "Smitty" stopped all shootout attempts. It was Mike's eleventh straight win. During his winning streak, Smith has stopped 315 shots and given up a mere 16 goals. To read more click here

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  • 27
    February
    2012

    Maxwell Player of the Week

    St. Michaels Majors goalie, Brandon Maxwell, was named OHL Player of the Week. To read more click here

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  • 27
    February
    2012

    Smith & Peters Continue Strong Play

    Saturday night, Justin Peters stopped 42 of 44 shots against the Florida Panthers. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes lost in a shootout for the second straight game. On Thursday they succumbed to Anaheim in a 3-2 shootout as well. Justin relinquished only four goals despite facing 91 shots over the two games. He owns a sparkling .931 save percentage this season. Mike Smith put forth a solid performance on Saturday as well. He stopped 21 shots in a 3-1 win over Edmonton. It was "Smitty's" 10th straight win. Over that period, Mike has faced 276 shots and let in only 10.

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  • 27
    February
    2012

    Maxwell Has Huge Weekend

    Brandon Maxwell provided knockout goaltending for the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors this weekend helping them win all three games and move into 6th place in their conference. Friday night the Majors beat first place Niagara 3-2 despite being outshot 45 to 22. Maxwell was the first star of the game. Saturday, Maxwell stopped 38 of 39 for a 2-1 victory over Barrie. He was given 1st star honors again. Finally on Sunday, the Majors defeated Erie 6-0 for "Maxi's" 3rd shutout of the season stopping 37 and earning the second star. In all, Brandon made 121 of 124 saves for a .976 save percentage. To read more click here

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  • 23
    February
    2012

    Smith & Peters Go To Shootouts

    Justin Peters had another exceptional game for the Carolina Hurricanes stopping 35 of 37 shots against a desperate, buzzing Anaheim Ducks team. "Petey" held on long enough to bring the game to a shootout where he stopped 2 of 3 breakaways. Unfortunately, the 'Canes could not score against Jonas Hillier and succumbed 3-2. To read more about the game click here Thursday night saw another Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools student participate in a shootout. Mike Smith was victorious in his seventh straight game, the last two being shootouts. Last night he stopped all three of the Calgary Flames snipers to lead the Coyotes to another much needed win.

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  • 19
    February
    2012

    Peters Shuts Out Caps

    Justin Peters, getting his 2nd start in the last 3 games, provided the Hurricanes with another solid outing shutting out the Washington Capitals 5-0. "Petey" was the game's 2nd star. He has turned aside 61 of his last 64 shots. One of the hardest working goalies in the game, Peters has been sharp in sporadic relief for All Star Cam Ward. Kirk Muller, the Canes' coach put it best: "It's nice to know that (from) a confidence level, whomever we slide in there, we now know that we have a chance to win. That's all we ask of our goalies - give us a chance to win every night. (Peters) did his job." Justin holds a very sound .921 save percentage and a 2.80 GAA.

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  • 17
    February
    2012

    Peters Amazing in Win Over Sharks

    Justin Peters put up an incredible performance Friday night making 35 saves in a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. He was awarded the third star of the game. The big story was that another goalie besides Cam Ward got the start in net. "Petey" has been buying his time working hard in practice and waiting for the opportunity to get between the pipes. It was Justin's first start since January 7th and only his third of the season. It's tough to play behind one of the best goalies in the league, but Justin is probably the hardest working athlete in the NHL. Keeping sharp in practice paid off last night as he kept a high flying Sharks team at bay. Peters was exceptional in the third period, stopping the last 13 shots including a couple in the last minute of the game that were sure goals. To read more about the game click here To view post game interview click here

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  • 18
    February
    2012

    Smith, Binnington Keep Winning

    Mike Smith and Jordan Binnington keep piling up the "W"s. Friday night saw "Binner" make 33 saves in a 5-1 over the Plymouth Whalers. It was his 5th win in a row. He was named the game's 3rd star. On Saturday night, "Smitty" was stingy again, making 30 stops in a 2-1 OT win over the Dallas Stars. It was the third game in a row that Mike had been named the game's First Star. It was also Mike's 7th win in a row. During that span Mike has stopped 209 of 216 shots for a .968 save percentage. His shutout streak was broken Saturday at 171 minutes by a rebound that was batted out if the air.

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Smith Shuts Downs L.A.

    Mike Smith recorded his second shutout in a row Thursday night by beating the L.A. Kings 1-0. It was also Smitty's sixth win in a row. He made 28 saves and was named the game's first star. It was a huge victory for the Phoenix Coyotes, moving them into a tie with the Kings for the final playoff spot. To read more click here

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  • 15
    February
    2012

    Binnington Named CHL Goalie of the Week

    Jordan Binnington has been named the top goaltender in the CHL for his play during the week ending February 12th. Jordan has been on a tear since the new year culminating in this most recent award. To read about the details click here "Binner" is a third round draft pick the last NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues.

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  • 12
    February
    2012

    Smith & Binnington put up Donuts

    Mike Smith won his 5th game in a row with the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday defeating the highly skilled Chicago Blackhawks 3-0. It was Mike's third shutout of the year and 14th of his career. Smitty made 38 saves and was the game's 1st star. MIke has been one of the three stars in each of the 5 games stopping 151 of the 157 shots he faced; good for a .962 save percentage. In OHL action, Jordan Binnington continued to roll as well, getting a 31 save shutout for his Owen Sound Attack and receiving the match's 3rd star. The game wasn't quite as close as Smitty's. The Attack trounced the Peterborough Petes 12-0.   Related article : http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=616503

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  • 10
    February
    2012

    Smithy Keeps Rolling

    Smithy Keeps Rolling

    Mike Smith battled his way to his fourth win in a row Thursday night helping his Phoenix Coyotes vault back into playoff contention. Smitty made 22 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory over the visiting Calgary Flames. He was named the game's second star. It was Mike's career high 43rd start of the season. Smith has relinquished a mere 3 goals in his last three matches.

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  • 10
    February
    2012

    Binnington stars again

    Jordan Binnington played another strong game tonight winning his third straight game in nets for the Owen Sounds Attack. Despite being outshot by the Brampton Battalion 47-22, the Attack were victorious 4-2. Binnington was named the 2nd star. In his last three games he's faced 105 shots and let in only 4 goals. He was named the first star in the other two games.

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  • 09
    February
    2012

    Binner is a winner

    Owen Sound Attack goalie and St. Louis Blues prospect, Jordan Binnington earned First Star honors Wednesday night in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Erie Otters in OHL action. Jordan made 29 saves inlcuding five of six in the shootout.

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  • 08
    February
    2012

    Smith gets 3rd win in a row

    Smith gets 3rd win in a row

    Mike Smith and his Phoenix Coyotes earned their third victory in a row Tuesday night in defeating the Dallas Stars 4-1. Mike was named the game's 3rd star after stopping 28 of 29 shots. He was the first star the game before in a 3-1 victory over Detroit and the 2nd star in a 5-3 win over San Jose. Smitty has stopped 90 of the 95 shots he faced over the three games. Last night marked his 42nd start of the season, a total that matches his prior high.

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  • 08
    February
    2012

    Mckay sets record

    Ryan McKay, of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers, set the record for most wins by a Gamblers' goalie Tuesday night and he did it in style. McKay, a 19 year old from Chicago, Illinois, stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over another Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools student, Stephon williams and his Waterloo Black Hawks team. McKay, who is commited to Miami of Ohio for next season, leads the USHL in GAA (2.12) and is second in save percentage (.917).

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  • 05
    February
    2012

    Maxwell stars in second straight loss

    Mississauga St. Michael's Majors goalie Brandon Maxwell was spectacular in two straight losses this weekend. Friday night he made 34 saves in a 1-0 defeat to the Barrie Colts and Saturday he stopped 47 of 51 in a 5-2 loss to the London Knights - the 5th goal an empty netter. "Max" was named the 2nd and 3rd Stars on the respective nights.

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  • 04
    February
    2012

    Murray Top Prospects MVP

    Matt Murray was named his team's MVP for the CHL Top Prospects game held in Kelowna, B.C. on Wednesday. The Top Prospects game features the top NHL Draft ranked players from across the Canadian Hockey League. Murray, a 17 year old from Thunder Bay, Ontario stopped 17 of 18 shots, many of them in spectacular fasion. A must see (watch video on the accompanying link) glove save 6 minutes into the third period was completely unbelievable! Matt is the seventh Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools student to play in the CHL Top Prospects game. He plies his trade for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL.

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  • 23
    January
    2012

    Smith a 'Godsend for the Coyotes'

    Smith a 'Godsend for the Coyotes'

    Mike Smith, overlooked in his NHL draft year and then picked in the second to last round a year later, continues to prevail against adversity. Smitty has gone on to be a number one goalie in the NHL when other more highly touted prospects have fallen by the wayside. After losing his starting job last season and being demoted to the minors for part of the season, Mike has bounced back to shore up the Phoenix Coyotes position in goal. Here is a great article on Mike Smith, who has found success once again with the Coyotes: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/at-least-netminding-is-solid-in-phoenix/article2310240/

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Fotinos Wins in Shootout

    Underage rookie goalie, Alex Fotinos of Toronto, had another superb night in nets for his Barrie Colts stopping 40 shots in a 4-3 shootout win over the Saginaw Spirit in OHL action Thursday night. He was named the games 1st star.

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Majors get big game in goal

    The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors received clutch goaltending from Brendan Maxwell Wednesday night in Belleville against the Bulls. Maxwell was brilliant on many occasions and always under control making a tough game look easy. He stopped 34 of 36 shots and was named the game's First Star. It was an important win for the Majors moving them from 8th to 6th place in a tight Conference race to make the playoffs. The win resulted in Mississauga jumping one point in the standings over Belleville. On the other side of the ice stood underage rookie goalie Charlie Graham, who has filled in superbly for Belleville's injured starter. Graham had a solid game as well, but unfortuntely came up one save short.   Related articles : http://www.stmichaelsmajors.com/article/alex-cord-s-first-goal-of-the-season-is-the-game-winner-over-the-bulls

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  • 17
    January
    2012

    Smith a backbone in the net

    Smith a backbone in the net

    Mike Smith continues to provide elite level goaltending for the Phoenix Coyotes. He made 38 saves in Monday's 6-1 win over Colorado. Mike was named the third star. Smitty currently sits 7th in NHL save percentage at 92.7%. The Coyotes are a mere 2 points out of a playoff spot. Smith has demonstrated why playing deeper in the net enables a goalie to be consistently in position. The following clip is a good example why this approach is so successful: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=150250

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Budah come through for the Canadians

    28 year old Slovakian Peter Budaj gave the Montreal Canadiens solid, steady goaltending Sunday night making 28 saves in a 4-1 victory over the NHL's first place New York Rangers. It was Budaj's first game in a month and only his sixth of the season. Backing up Carey Price, one of the top goalies in the league, is no easy job. However, Peter manages to stay sharp by being a very hard worker. He is always the first on and last off the ice for practices. That attitude and approach have enabled him to stay ready when called upon and has also gained the favour of his teammates.

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  • 16
    January
    2012

    Major shut down Whalers

    On saturday, the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors bounced back after a thumping the prior night, by beating the second place Plymouth Whalers 2-0. The shutout was earned by newly acquired goaltender, Brandon Maxwell. Maxwell showed tougness by rebounding with an exceptional performance after being pulled in Friday night's loss against his old team, the Sarnia Sting. The Sarnia game was a 7-1 romp by the Sting and ex Majors goalie JP Anderson who played a technically strong game in the win over his old teamates. While Anderson gained a shutout in his first game after the goaltending swap that saw him exchanged for Maxwell at the start of January, Maxwell came through with the donut in his fourth game with his new team. The shutout was well earned. Brandon turned aside many quality chances on his way to a 24 save shutout performance and the game's First Star.

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  • 14
    January
    2012

    Lavigine TOP OHL Prospect

    15 year old Hayden Lavigne, a student of Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools since he was 8, was invited to play in the OHL showcase for the top Toronto area 2012 draft eligible players http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/article/future-ohl-talent-shines-at-gthl-top-prospects-game/113874. The game was played Monday night and Hayden comported himself very well. To read more about the game: http://www.gthlcanada.com/content/?page=37

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Smith shines again in shootout loss

    Smith shines again in shootout loss

    For the second game in a row Mike Smith shone in goal for the Phoenix Coyotes but suffered dissapointment in the shootout. Tuesday Smitty went down 2-1 in a shootout versus the New York Rangers, but was named the 3rd star as he was nothing short of spectacular. Tonight's effort was just as strong. Mike stopped 40 of 42 shots, but went down in the shootout to the likes of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrick Zetterberg. Once again Smith received 3rd star honors. Mike ranks 8th in NHL save percentage with a very good 92.5%

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Underagers have big nights

    Two Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools rookie OHLers had big nights Thursday. 16 year olds Charlie Graham and Alex Fotinos are both from Toronto and both play in the OHL as underagers. Graham tends goal for the Belleville Bulls and Fotinos for the Barrie Colts. Graham made 35 of 37 saves against the Brampton Battalion in a 3-2 win and was named the game's first star. To read about the game: http://www.bellevillebulls.com/article/graham-spectacular-in-first-ohl-win Fotinos made 46 stops, but was less lucky on the scoreboard losing 2-1 versus the Niagara Icedogs. Alex was stellar though and was awarded the match's first star as well.

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    NHL Draft Rankings

    The NHL mid term draft rankings came out this week and Matt Murray ranked second overal. Murray, a student of Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools since a pre-teen, hails from Thunder Bay Ontario and plays for the Soo Saint Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. Also ranked are past students Malcolm Subban, Clint Windsor, Stephon Williams, Andrew D'Agostini and Mike Morrison.   Related articles : http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=76671

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  • 11
    January
    2011

    Smith Stellar in shootout loss

    Smith Stellar in shootout loss

    Mike Smith put forth a valiant effort as his Phoenix Coyotes were outshot 32 to 19 Tuesday night in New York. The only goal to beat him was a deflection on a shot from the slot. Smith was both steady and spectacular all night. With just over a minute to go, Marian Gaborik was awarded a penalty shot with the game tied at 1. Gaborik faked, got Mike to bite and had an open net on his forehand. Smitty was not going to accept defeat though and dove back stopping the puck with the shaft of his stick: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=148708 Unfortunately, the Rangers won in the shootout, but only after 12 shooters had taken part. For the third game in a row Smith was awarded one of the three stars.   Related articles : http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020619

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  • 10
    January
    2012

    Carrozzi gets shutout

    Chris Carrozzi, playing in the Winnipeg Jets' minor league system, recorded his second shutout of the season over the weekend in a 5-0 ECHL victory. Chris made 33 stops and was named First Star of the match. Carrozzi is a second year pro drafted and signed out of the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors organization where he won the prestigious OHL Goalie of the Year Award in his final season of junior hockey.   Related articles : http://www.ontarioreign.com/news/teamnews/index.html?article_id=1258

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  • 08
    January
    2012

    Smith 1st win since injury

    Smith 1st win since injury

    Mike Smith got his first win after sitting out three weeks with an injury in a 5-1 win Saturday night against the New York Islanders. It was his third game back after suffering a groin injury stretching cross crease in a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on December 20th. Mike came close to a victory Thursday night in a 1-0 OT loss against the LA Kings. He battled hard making 27 of 28 saves and was named the game's 2nd star. Last night Smitty made 31 stops and was awarded 2nd star honors again. The underdog but battling Coyotes stand two points out of a playoff spot surprising a lot of the pundits who figured they would be spending most of the season in or near last place.

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  • 01
    January
    1970

    Anderson gets shutout after trade

    JP Anderson was traded Thursday to the Sarnia Sting after three and a half solid seasons tending goal for the St. Michaels Majors of the OHL. The Majors, in a rebuilding season, dealt Anderson to a contender for a bunch of draft picks. The Sting have a chance to go deep into the playoffs and challenge for a Championship. In JP's first game with the Sting he made 30 saves and recorded a shutout.   Read more : http://www.sarniasting.com/article/sting-blank-otters-4-0

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  • 18
    December
    2011

    Fotinos wins OHL Bebut

    Underage rookie goalie, Alex Fotinos won his first OHL start. Fotinos made 38 saves in a 34-3 overtime win in which his Barrie Colts beat the Peterborough Petes 4-3. To read more click here: http://www.barriecolts.com/article/colts-beat-the-petes-4-3

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  • 17
    December
    2011

    Missiaen scores another shutout

    Jason Missiaen recorded his second consecutive shutout Friday night making 31 saves in a 3-0 victory. To read more click here: http://greenvilleroadwarriors.com/fanzone/news/index.html?article_id=303

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  • 15
    December
    2011

    Peters called up to NHL

    Reigning AHL Goalie of the Month, Justin Peters, has been called up to the Carolina Hurricanes today. Peters played the whole 2010/11 season with the Canes backing up Cam Ward.

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  • 15
    November
    2011

    Murray a top prospect

    Matt Murray got the invite to the annual CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to be played February 1 in B.C. The showcase features the top 40 rated CHL prospects for the 2012 NHL Draft. The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) is the top Junior (16 to 20 year olds) hockey league in the world. It is made up of the QMJHL, the OHL and the WHL. Murray is in his second season with the Soo St. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. To read more click here http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/article/2012-home-hardware-chl-nhl-top-prospects-game-rosters-announced/111722

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  • 10
    December
    2011

    Missiaen possible

    New York Rangers' 6'8" goaltending prospect, Jason Missiaen, stole the show last night making 38 saves in a 3-0 win for his Greenville team that competes in the ECHL. "Mish" who played Junior for the Peterborough Petes (OHL), has a terrific .923 save percentage and a sound 2.59 GAA.   Click here to read more http://greenvilleroadwarriors.com/fanzone/news/index.html?article_id=297  

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  • 08
    December
    2011

    Smith, Sanford, Peters, Cann

    Monday night Mike Smith was very good in a 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Like any successful goalie, he bounced back after getting pulled on 4 first period goals versus Philidelphia two nights before. Smitty provided solid goaltending and effective puckhandling early on helping his team storm out to a 3-0 lead. The talented Blackhawks then chipped away and eventually tying up the score pushing the match into a shootout where Mike took charge aggressively stopping two of the world's top players - Toews and Hossa. In the AHL, two Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools' students, Justin Peters and Trevor Cann played each other with Cann and the Lake Erie Monsters prevailing 2-1 over Justin's Charlotte Checkers. Both goalies were tough to beat. Cann stopped 32 of 33 and was the game's second star. Peters thwarted 34 of 36 shots and was third star. Tuesday night saw Curtis Sanford get his second consecutive shootout victory at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

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  • 02
    December
    2011

    Sanford gets so win

  • 02
    December
    2011

    Smith 3rd star in 1-0 loss

  • 01
    December
    2011

    Last second save gives stars the win

  • 30
    November
    2011

    Peters AHL goalie of the month

  • 25
    November
    2011

    Sanford wins for Columbus

    Curtis Sanford helped the Columbus Blue Jackets end their dreadful losing streak with a great performance against Nashville Saturday night. Click here for highlights

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  • 20
    November
    2011

    Smitty very sharp

    Mike Smith keeps giving the Phoenix Coyotes steady and at times spectacular goaltending. Saturday night he made 43 saves in a 4-2 win over Buffalo and was named the game's First Star. To read more click here

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  • 16
    November
    2011

    Binnington making a statement

    After last season's stellar performance capped by an OHL Championship and a 3rd round selection in the NHL draft, Binnington has had a rough start to the season. However, recently he seems to regaining his form. To read more click here

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  • 15
    November
    2011

    Smith takes Toronto

    Smith takes Toronto

    Mike Smith stopped 35 shots to win 3-2 in a shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night in Toronto. It was Smitty's 6th victory in his last 7 games. Mike made it look easy with small, simple adjustments that kept him square to the puck all night long. In the shootout he stymied leading scorer Phil Kessel coming out aggressively and battling in his face taking away the time and space of the shooter. Patrick O'Sullivan finished the Leafs off with his trademark blocker side quick release over the pad, a move that has left many Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools goalies hanging their heads over the past summers. Smith's numbers tell the tale of a bounce back season after the Lightning chose not to resign him over the summer. Mike has a 2.19 GAA and a .933 save percentage thus far for the Coyotes. His record is 8-2-3-1. To read more about the game click here

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  • 13
    November
    2011

    Peters in fine form

    In three games since returning from an injury this past week, Justin Peters has sparkled stopping 84 of 88 shots giving him a .954 save percentage and a 1.34 GAA. To read more click here The 25 year old from Ontario, Canada is trying to fight his way back to the NHL after the Carolina Hurricanes signed veteran Brian Boucher in the off-season to back up Cam Ward.

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  • 13
    November
    2011

    Buda beats Preds

    Buda beats Preds

    Peter Budaj got a rare start as back-up to Carey Price Saturday night and made the most of it. He came up big making 25 of 26 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Nashville Predators. He was named the 2nd Star of the match. To read about the game click here

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  • 13
    November
    2011

    Smith shuts out sharks

    Mikle Smith made 31 saves in a First Star 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks Saturday night. Big, calm and always in position, Smitty is giving the Coyotes goaltending that gives them a chance to win on any given night. He owns a 6-2-2 record with a 2.36 GAA and a .926 save percentage.To read more about the game click here To read more about Mike's impact with his new team thus far click here

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  • 27
    October
    2011

    Majors Back on track

    Majors Back on track

    The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors got back on the winning track Wednesday night by beating the Erie Otters 4-2. The Majors suffered their first loss of the season Monday against the Brampton Battalion, but battled back to an 8-1 start after tonight's victory. The big news was underage rookie Spencer Martin's first OHL start. Martin came through with flying colours as goaltending was the difference in the game. Martin made 29 of 31 saves. To read more click here In previous OHL action, Matt Murray bounced back from a loss against the Majors last week by stopping 35 shots in a 6-2 Soo Greyhounds win over the Kitchener Rangers on Monday and Jordan Binnington made 43 saves in a 6-3 Owen Sound Attack victory against the Saginaw Spirit.

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