Former NHL netminder Jim Corsi is coming to the UK this summer to run a two-day coaching seminar with the EIHA Coaching Programme.
Corsi, 64, played for Edmonton Oilers and Quebec Nordiques and is now the goalie coach at Columbus Blue Jackets.
He said: “Good day UK coaches! Hockey connects the technical skill of hands, hockey sticks and skates. The tactical game is played with speed on skates with the extreme challenge of body-checks.
“All this to say, it is truly an exciting sport! Know that this is possible at the highest levels because coaches at all levels from youths to pros, are dedicated to developing hockey players to be the best they can be!
“The NHL Coaches Association in collaboration with the EIHA is making a strong effort to grow this wonderful sport.
“Having been invited by the EIHA to share my experiences with you and contribute to EIHA Goalie Development Programme is quite an honour.
“My expertise stems from over 20 years as an NHL coach and I am quite thrilled to be meeting UK coaches to share their stories!
“Goaltending is a difficult position in any sport. The responsibility is high. Hockey pucks fly at over 150 km/hr, the game moves and shifts quickly.
“Meanwhile, goaltenders must track the game at or faster than the game itself.
“With the efforts of the EIHA, we plan to share some new ideas, polish current skills and connect these skills with the game. Indeed ‘goalies play hockey…they just dress differently!’
“I am looking forward to working with everyone in the UK, both off and on the ice.”
EIHA’s Technical Director for Netminding Euan King is excited to get this workshop over the line.
He said: “First off I have to thanks Mark Beggs for putting us in contact with the NHL Coaching Association and also Paul Hayes and Pete Winn for allowing me to make this happen and bring someone like Jim to these shores to share his expertise in goaltending.
“Jim has a wealth of experience and has worked with the likes of Dominik Hasek through his career as well as running seminars for the IIHF.
“We will be making arrangements for the top junior goalies in the country to also attend the on ice sessions so we will not only be developing coaches but also our top prospects as well. This is an event not to be missed.”
This seminar will run in Cardiff on July 5th and 6th and booking information will be available in due course.