About Us

Carson Bird Goalie School is a year-round goalie school serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Durham and York Region.  We work with boys and girls of all ages and calibres.

Carson Bird Goalie School is Head of Goalie Development for the Stouffville Clippers Minor Hockey Association, Unionville Minor Hockey Association, Oshawa Minor Generals Hockey Association, Clarington Toros Minor Hockey Association, and the Clarington AAA Toros Minor Hockey Association.

Head Goalie Instructors

Carson Bird

  • Started Carson Bird Goalie School in 2009
  • Director of Goalie Development for Carson Bird Goalie School and The Barn EPC
  • Hockey Canada Certified Level 2 Goalie Facilitator
  • Goalie Coach for Hockey Canada’s U-16 Program of Excellence for the GTHL
  • Goalie Coach for the Hockey Canada U-14 Goaltending Development Program
  • Goalie Coach UOIT Ridgebacks Women’s Hockey Team since 2015
  • Goalie Coach Clarington Eagles Junior C Team since 2014
  • Clarington Eagles won Top Goaltending Duo of the Year in 2015/16 and 2016/17

 

Colin Dzijacky

  • Carson Bird Goalie School instructor since 2014
  • 2 Years with the UOIT Ridgebacks Men’s Hockey Team
  • 3 Years Junior A (Kingston Voyageurs OJHL, Humboldt Broncos SJHL)
  • SJHL Junior A Champion

 

Mark Robb

  • Carson Bird Goalie School instructor since 2016
  • 3 Years with the Clarington Eagles Junior C Team
  • Top Goaltending Duo of the Year winner 2015/16 and 2016/17 with the Clarington Eagles
  • 8 Years AAA for Clarington

 

Connor Visca

  • Carson Bird Goalie instructor since 2011
  • Hockey Canada Certified Level 2 Goalie Facilitator
  • Goalie Coach for the Hockey Canada U-14 Goaltending Development Program
  • 3 Years with the Fort Erie Junior B Team
  • 1.5 Years with the Clarington Eagles Junior C Team
  • Cougar Cup Junior C Champion 2014/15

 

Brendan O’Neill

  • Carson Bird Goalie Instructor since 2014
  • 3 Years OHL with the Sudbury Wolves and North Bay Battalion
  • 1 Year with the Carleton Place Junior A Team
  • 4 Years with the UOIT Ridgebacks Men’s Hockey Team

 

At Carson Bird Goalie School we relate all of our teaching to the most current style of play. We focus on butterfly techniques while implementing a hybrid mindset, as well as rebound control and proper positioning at all times from all different angles. Proper positioning makes the hard stops easy and controllable.

We will teach goalies to play a very quick and agile type of game, learning proper angles & proper body positioning. Goalies will also be taught to play an explosive style of goaltending, where they get from point a to point b as quick as possible with control.

Teaching Techniques:

  • Reading the Play – 1 on 1, challenging the shooter
  • Stopping on and getting up on the correct foot
  • C cuts, T Pushes, Shuffles
  • Pivoting Quicker and Properly
  • Foot Speed and Quickness
  • Composure and Patience
  • Proper Use of Angles
  • Strong Mental Game
  • Tracking and Handling the Puck
  • Stance and Hand Positioning
  • Quicker Reaction Time
  • Muscle Memory
  • Rebound Control – Directing the puck, Gathering Rebounds
  • Butterfly – Slides, Pushes
  • Recovery Time and Techniques
  • Positioning
  • Movement
    • around the crease
    • post to post
    • wrap-a-rounds
    • loads on the post
  • High shots and Low shots
  • Reacting vs. Blocking
  • When to stay up vs. when to go down