MUGICA makes jump to NCAA!

Congratulations to Goalies Inc. student, Kyle Mugica! Kyle trained with coach Stanaway during the 2015-2016 season and coach Stanaway helped Kyle get the opportunity to make an NCAA Commitment! Kyle will be playing for Gustavus Adolphus in Minnesota! Congrats Kyle!

Coach Jim Stanaway named Head Coach!

Congrats to Goalies Inc. head instructor, Jim Stanaway, on being named the head coach of the Marquette Roayles (Junior A, USPHL) for the 2015-2016 season!

Via the Marquette Social Scene:

The Royales will soon have a Stanaway leading their locker room once again.

No, not that Stanaway.

Jim Stanaway is on track to take over as head coach of Marquette as soon as contract negotiations are completed. He will be the team’s third head coach in as many years.

“It’s a championship or bust a far as I am concerned,” Stanaway said. “We’re doing our best to recruit a team that the community can be excited about and get behind.”

Stanaway has been with the Royales’ coaching staff since the beginning, starting as the goaltenders coach in 2013-14 then promoted to assistant coach last year. With American Hockey Academy and Goalies, Inc., Stanaway has worked as a goaltender coach for the past few years.

He is also the little brother of Mike Stanaway, the original coach of Marquette Royales. Now with the New York Aviators, Mike took his third different team to Tier 3 National Championship Tournament in four years. While the sibling rivalry is in play, the current Marquette coach is focused on the Royales’ immediate success.

“I’m excited to bring the winning attitude back and who knows, maybe we will see one of Mike’s teams in a championship game somewhere,” Jim said.

Before he played with the Finlandia University Lions and the Fox City Ice Dogs (Appleton, Wisc.) in the Great Lakes Hockey League, Stanaway played at Marquette Senior High School. He’s hoping that hometown edge will bring the excitement back to Royales games.

“When the Royales came to town and the amount of success we had early on, I think that was great for the community. That vibe and excitement per game was something I had not experience since (Northern Michigan University) played in Lakeview Arena,” he said. “We want the Royales to be an event for the community and want all the (fans) to have a favorite player … and maybe by the end of the season we will have some kids in the community that have goals of maybe someday suiting up for the Royales.”

Goalies Inc. Camp teaches Hockey and Fun

Smiles, laughs and improved skills abound in Shawano, WI.

By Michael Trzinski

Take a look around the ice at Shawano’s Crawford Center on Saturday and here is what you would see: Goalies Inc. owner Jim Stanaway barking out instructions to his campers, all the while mixing in a smile or two and giving encouraging taps on the leg pads; shooter Drew Gullickson working hard to make the goalies work harder; and the highly-animated Justin DeMaa, teaching and laughing, the smile never leaving his face, truly enjoying working out goalies in the sport he loves.

Stanaway’s Goalies Inc. is finishing its fifth year of working with goalies in east central Wisconsin, concluding with this weekend’s camp in Shawano. This summer, Stanaway worked with 20 goalies in June at Oshkosh, 22 netminders in August at the same locale, and 19 this weekend in Shawano.

All this started back in 2007 with private lessons for nine or ten goalies at Stanaway’s former business, Green Bay Hockey Plus, where he had synthetic ice in the back of the store. Parents and their goalies were wanting more, so Stanaway began on-ice group training and a phenomenom was born.

After one camp in the initial year, Stanaway added a second camp in 2008 along with two or three more goalies. Word of mouth advertising has led to this year’s trio of camps and has allowed Stanaway to expand next year’s schedule, as the Marquette, MI native is planning on holding six camps, branching out to Marquette, Milwaukee, and Rochester, MN.

“(This summer) has been real special,” noted Stanaway.

Stanaway played at Finlandia University in Michigan for two plus years before moving onto coaching, where he worked on the bench with the Green Bay Junior Gamblers before working as an assistant coach for Ashwaubenon’s squad in its first WIAA season.

In addition to leading his own business, Stanaway works as a lead goalie instructor with Branham Hockey Camps, which does a lot of work in northern and east central Wisconsin, along with working with the Nick Toneys’ Performance Hockey Schools. To keep up with the playing end of his profession, he performs netminding duties for the Fox Cities Ice Dogs, a member of the Great Lakes Hockey League.

Stanaway sees challenges in teaching both the younger goalies and the older netminders.

“If a goalie is a good skater, he (or she) picks up the movements much better,” said Stanaway. “There are sixteen-year-olds who can stop the puck and it doesn’t really look pretty and the feet movement isn’t there, so when the game gets faster, they get left in the dust.

“A goalie has to be a solid skater and do more than just put a chest on the puck.”

The main thing Stanaway does is fundamental building.

“I try to take what the kid does well and build off it,” he notes. “I try to give a kid ideas and try to make it comfortable to make it his (or her) own style.”

What does it take for the camp to be considered a success?

“I want the kids to have fun,” Stanaway states without hesitation. “So many parents push their kids to be better hockey players and that takes the fun out of it. We push hard, we work them hard, but we make sure we get a group of instructors that can make it fun (for the kids).”

Instructors include Fred Bocskor, Justin DeMaa, Shane Potter, Alyssa Koniar, and Sean Fromolz.

Hockey camps have a tendency to be kind of pricy, something that was noticed by Stanaway.

“I really wanted to make a camp that was professional and that kids could enjoy, but not be so hard on the wallet,” stated Stanaway. “Our price of $200-$250 cuts the price in half, but we go over the same material and work them just as hard. We have a group of instructors that want to be here and want to have fun and want to see the kids succeed.”

And if someone has problems affording the camp fee?

“We have people that have donated money to our school so that kids that can’t afford to come are able to. We give them discounts based on financial need, which is something that no one else does,” notes Stanaway.

“We make money doing this, but that’s not what it is all about,” says Stanaway. “We make sure the players and families have good experiences and make sure that we bring positive role models to make the camp successful.”

Goalies Inc. has also began matching donations dollar for dollar to help benefit local charities or any folks in need that are brought to the attention of Stanaway.

There is a lot of learning going on at the Goalies Inc. camps, but there is a lot of laughter, too. The kids work hard but they have fun and most of them can’t wait to return.

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Another Successful Coaching Seminar!

Goalies Inc.’s Coaching Seminars are a useful program to incorporate into any hockey association. It is no secret that the most neglected player on the ice is the teams goaltender. Our mission is to educate coaches all across the United States on how to visually inspect, correct, and train their goaltender on a daily basis.

“My name is Deb Ziemke and I a member of the board for MMYHA in Marinette, WI as well as a goalie mom. As both a goalie mom and a board member I would recommend this program highly for your association or any other that was interested in it. Jim was very easy to work with to schedule the clinic during a time when it worked best for our association.

As a goalie mom I definitely saw a difference in how my son was coached during practice after this clinic was held. It was nice to see him doing some of the drills that he does whenever he goes to one of Jim’s camps.

As a board member and having to look out for what is best for the entire association I wanted to make sure that our money was well spent. I prepared and sent out a survey to all the coaches that attended the clinic. Every survey that was returned to me was very positive and had nothing but good things to say about the clinic. I actually had coaches coming up to me at the end of the clinic thanking me for organizing and setting it up. I also know that one of the coaches who attended the clinic whose son plays goalie part time is now very interested in sending his son to the Goalies Inc. summer camps. This is someone who has never attended a camp in the past, however, because of the coaching clinic the possibility of him attending at least one this summer is very good.” – Deb Ziemke Rules & Regs Director for MMYHA