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Oakville Rangers Hockey Club Announces NHL goalie and Oakville native Steve Mason as their new Director of Goalie Development
Submitted By Melissa Wolk on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Club to Launch First of its kind Minor Hockey Goalie Development Initiative

World-class Goaltending Experience and Leadership

The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club is pleased to welcome Oakville native Steve Mason as the Club’s first Director of Goalie Development.

With over 22 years of goaltending experience at all levels, NHL Goaltender Steve Mason brings a unique mix of knowledge, experience, and passion to this new role. At the age of 9, Mason made the switch to play goal full time and continued to excel in the position from House League into Rep in his seven seasons with the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club. From there, Mason went on to play 4 years in the OHL where he was named OHL Goaltender of the Year in the 2006/07 season while playing with the London Knights. The following year, Mason would help Team Canada take home the gold in the 2008 World Junior Championships. Mason played professionally in the NHL for 10 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers respectfully, before finishing his professional career with the Winnipeg Jets in the 2017-18 season.

“I am especially excited to return to the hockey club that helped shape my early career,” said Mason. “I’m looking forward to giving back to the Rangers and teaching young players about the goalie position while also helping established goalies advance further in the sport”.

A brighter future for our goalies. A brighter future for hockey.
Why ORHC is focusing on Goalie Development

One of the greatest challenges currently facing the sport of hockey nationwide is the recruitment, retention, and development of minor hockey goalies. The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club is no exception to this and sees the value in investing in the development of its goaltenders. Goalies play a pivotal role in the success of a hockey team and we as a Club recognize that goalie development is unique from traditional player development. As the largest minor hockey club in North America, the Oakville Rangers have prided themselves on being a forward-thinking organization and are excited to be one of the first minor hockey club’s to implement a program specific for goaltender development.

Under Steve Mason, Adam Jacobs and the ORHC Goalie Development team’s leadership, the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club will strive to be an organization where young players will want to play their entire minor hockey years, where the focus is on helping players advance to the next levels of college and junior hockey while keeping it fun and exciting on the ice.

What the New Goaltender Development Program will bring to the 2019/20 Season

Goalie Specific Development Sessions for all Minor Atom-Peewee aged House League Goalies

  • New for the 2019-2020 season, House League goalies at the Minor Atom, Atom, Minor Peewee, and Peewee leagues will receive an additional goalie specific training session (in addition to their regular team practice and game) as part of their House League registration.
  • The goalie specific training will consist of a 2 goalie to one instructor ratio on a shooter pad for 45 minutes bi-weekly.
  • Sessions will be available from Monday-Thursday at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex – more options to ensure everyone can take advantage!
Introduction to Goalie Position at Minor Novice (Formerly Tyke) and Novice Skill Sessions
  • P3 Academy will once again be overseeing the skill development sessions for the Minor Novice and Novice aged House League players. New for the 2019-2020 season, players will be gradually introduced to the goalie position in a fun and interactive way during the team skill development sessions.
Coach Development
  • An emphasis will be placed on providing coaches with more resources and learning opportunities for working with goalies and better utilizing them in practices.
  • NCCP Goaltender Level 1 Coach certifications will be offered to all Ranger coaches (House League and Rep) at no charge for the 2019-20 season.
  • In the 2020-21 season, an NCCP Goaltender Level 1 certified coach will be mandatory on every Rangers team bench staff
Return of Goalie Development Sessions with Adam Jacobs and IDT Goaltending
  • 2:1 Goalie to instructor, 1-hour bi-weekly sessions will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Joshua Creek shooter pads.
Making the Goalie Position More Accessible:
The ORHC is committed to making it easier for families whose child is interested in playing goal. This includes:
  • Providing sets of goalie equipment that can be rented out for the season to try the position without the financial commitment to equipment and gear.
  • Try the position days” where players can attend an on-ice session and learn about the position and try out the equipment while parents can learn about the resources available through the Club.
  • Goalie Equipment Swaps: Organized equipment swaps amongst the ORHC goalie families and discount opportunities for new equipment at local retailers.

 

A Chance to Win a Custom Goalie Mask at Rangers Day on September 28th!

  • Local Oakville business, Sport Mask (http://www.sportmask.com/) has generously donated two goalie masks to the Oakville Rangers Hockey Club. All registered ORHC goalies will be entered into a draw for a chance to win. The winners will be announced at Rangers Day on September 28, 2019.
  • Erich Ferguson of Resurrection Custom Painting (https://rcpairbrushing.com/) has generously offered to provide a custom paint job to the winners of the goalie masks donated by Sport Mask. The winners will have an opportunity to make their own design with a little help from our resident pro, Steve Mason. Once the design is complete, Resurrection Custom Painting will bring that design to life!

 


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