Chris Dyson has defied death many times. Despite incredible odds stacked against him, he has always followed his passion and done what he felt was right. He is a man with vision and perseverance.
He is passionate about hockey — specifically, goaltending. He believes enjoyment of the game for minor hockey-aged goalies is paramount, and that this can be achieved by developing better skills, which will inspire confidence through improved play.
Chris’ mission is to change the game of hockey from the grassroots up, by providing coaches with the tools and knowledge to properly help their goaltenders and keep the game fun for everyone.
For nearly 30 years, Chris has instructed students from over 18 countries, presenting Puckstoppers Goalie Schools in Europe, USA, and Canada. He has received accreditation for his professional coaching skills and personally instructed literally thousands of goaltenders, parents, and coaches.
As a Goalie Coach/Consultant, Chris has seen many disheartening situations, involving well-meaning coaches who lack knowledge and understanding of the very skills they are trying to teach to impressionable young goaltenders.
Far too often, he has been witness to goaltenders whose confidence and enthusiasm have been destroyed by “pseudo-goalie coaches.” The biggest disappointment is when goalies quit the game they love because of coaches’ actions and misdirection.
For many years, Chris and Puckstoppers (his goalie training company) have offered free seminars to minor hockey coaches in an effort to help educate and eliminate this situation.
Mr. Dyson is now on a personal mission to develop an awareness of proper goaltender training throughout minor hockey, with a goal of achieving 100% compliance for all coaches to learn and understand the Essential Core Goaltending Skills (ECGs).
In the hockey world, there is one constant complaint heard repeatedly from parents and players alike.
The vast majority of coaches do not understand or know how to properly work with and develop their goaltenders. Many, however, believe that they do, resulting in confusion and frustration for the coach, team, and goaltender.
This problem has caused dissension among parents, destroyed the confidence of many talented young goalies, and even driven goaltenders out of the game they love.
We are left with one basic question: “How do coaches rectify this major problem and properly develop their goaltenders, while keeping the game fun for everyone?”
Target Practice provides coaches with the proper steps and tools to understand what is required to work with and develop goaltenders of any age.
Coaching is a noble and often thankless job, but one caring people assume because they want to make a difference. No coach wants to be responsible for a young goaltender leaving the game — yet it happens all too often!
This book is filled with the knowledge, insight, and support you need to effectively and efficiently work the Essential Core Goaltending Skills that all goalies require, want, and yearn for their coaches to help them develop.
In Target Practice, Chris Dyson shares his 30+ years of goaltender coaching experience in order to provide simple, easy-to-understand, progressive development techniques, as well as common mistakes and an understanding of what coaches must learn and be aware of when developing goaltenders.
This book will help you to understand how to properly teach and work with goaltenders of any age, knowing you will have been a positive influence in their lives and enhanced their enjoyment of the game.
“Chris provides what is missing from coaching programs and this is why this book is so important. Much of the information that is out there is too technical and unless you play the position it’s difficult to understand, so misinformation is given to the kids by minor hockey coaches who try to tell the goalies how they think the position should be played.”
– Rick Heinz, Former NHL Goaltender
"Finally! Chris Dyson answered the questions no-one knew how to ask. After 25+ years involved in the industry, It’s great to see this grass roots level support and guidance for the most highly criticized, under-developed position in the game."
- Don Straus, Founder Armadilla Masks, World Renowned Artist
"A lot of coaches aren't that eager to work with the goalie at all, and if their goalie is decent, they REALLY aren’t eager. Of course when it starts to go South they immediately start looking for help. They should be working to refine the goalies craft throughout the season."
- John Garrett, Former NHL Goaltender, Professional Commentator with Hockey Night In Canada
"Providing coaches with the skills to properly work with their goaltenders is awesome and perfect. I cannot imagine a single coach not jumping at the chance to take advantage of such an opportunity, especially at the grass roots level."
- Larry Feist, Publisher, Hockey Now Magazine
"I have never before seen information for coaches that is so useful, easily digestible, quick to read and easy to implement. Hockey coaches and parents everywhere will be thrilled with the content of this book!"
- Colin Hopper, President Source For Sports London, Former President Sports Distributors Canada
"If the advice contained in Chris‘ book is made mandatory learning for minor hockey coaches, it will positively change the face of goaltending in North America. Finnish goaltending development programs are nearly 20 years ahead of those in Canada and the US because our coaches are required to learn this before taking a team."
- Joni Hallikainen, Former Pro Goaltender, Professional Goaltending Consultant, Professional Mask Builder & Artist