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NWHL to Host Goaltender Development Camp

By NWHL.zone staff, 11/14/18, 11:45AM EST

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The NWHL-hosted camp will take place from Dec. 14-16 at Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida and include three days of instruction from guest coaches, along with opportunities for the league’s goalies to have fun and discuss their craft. In addition, the NWHL is bringing along a selection of forwards and defenders from the league to take their best shots on ice at the goaltenders.

“We are thrilled to bring this development opportunity to our goalies and shooters attending the camp,” said Hayley Moore, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Player Development of the NWHL. “As the League continues to grow, we strive to provide additional resources to the players, to enhance their experiences, and help bring the on-ice product to new heights. We look forward to this unique gathering of veteran and rookie leaders to come together and propel each other forward as we progress through season four and beyond.”

Goaltenders scheduled to attend:
***pending other hockey commitments***
Boston: Katie Burt, Madison Litchfield, Brittany Ott
Buffalo: Nicole Hensley, Shannon Szabados
Connecticut: Meeri Räisänen, Mariya Sorokina, Sam Walther
Riveters: Sarah Bryant, Kimberly Sass
Minnesota: Julie Friend, Amanda Leveille, Sydney Rossman

Shooters scheduled to participate:
***pending other hockey commitments***
Boston: McKenna Brand, Jillian Dempsey
Buffalo: Blake Bolden, Hayley Scamurra
Connecticut: Michelle Löwenhielm, Katerina Mrázová
Riveters: Madison Packer, Michelle Picard
Minnesota: Amanda Boulier, Allie Thunstrom

Guest coaches will include Amy Zappen and Lucy Schoedel. Zappen is the goaltending coach at Boston University and an instructor at USA Hockey National Development Camps. Since 2013, she has been Girls Goaltending Coordinator for Massachusetts Player Development. Schoedel is a former goaltending coach for the U.S. Under-18 National Team. The two-time Patty Kazmaier Award nominee from Syracuse University earned gold medals with Team USA at the 2015 and 2016 U18 IIHF World Championships. 

The NWHL announced today that all of the league’s netminders have been invited to Florida in December to participate in a mid-season NWHL Goaltender Development Camp.

Among those already confirmed to participate are Shannon Szabados, the Canadian Olympic star with the Buffalo Beauts; standout Connecticut rookie and Finnish National Team goalie Meeri Räisänen, Amanda Leveille, the 2017-18 NWHL Goaltender of the Year, and now undefeated with the Minnesota Whitecaps; and Boston’s Brittany Ott, who in 2016 led the Pride to the first Isobel Cup and was the league’s first Goalie of the Year.


Meeri Raisanen stops a shot for the Connecticut Whale (PHOTO BY MATTHEW RANEY)


Kimberly Sass of the Metropolitan Riveters (PHOTO BY TROY PARLA)