Minnesota Hockey Magazine

Stauber’s Goalcrease – the Goaltending Gurus

Robb Stauber's Goalcrease- Where champions are made

As the first goaltender to win the coveted Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation’s best collegiate men’s hockey player, Robb Stauber knows what it takes to be an elite player

Behind a tremendous work ethic and dedication to his craft, Stauber maximized his God-given talent to reach the game’s highest level, playing behind Wayne Gretzky in goal for the Los Angeles Kings. Stauber’s best season was in 1992-93, the year he helped the Kings reach the Stanley Cup Finals before falling to the Montreal Canadiens, and Conn Smythe Award winner Patrick Roy, in five games.

With his playing days over, Stauber’s Goalcrease Inc. was established to create a one-of-a-kind training center allowing passionate coaches the opportunity to train dedicated goalies on their journey to becoming a complete and powerful goalie, one who understands the commitment to reach their potential in the game of hockey and life.

Now known for his coaching acumen, Stauber’s labor, and that of his staff, bears championships at all age levels. To get a glimpse of how these champions are produced, head out to Stauber’s Goalcrease this Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for its annual Goalie Show.

HUGE SALE on CCM Reebok goalie equipment

HUGE SALE on CCM Reebok goalie equipment

The Goalie Show not only includes an open house but also features a goalie equipment sale, equipment fitting and the opportunity to get on the ice to demo the latest products.  Drawings will be conducted for those in attendance to win a free CCM goalie stick as well as a training session with Goalcrease’s proven championship-producing staff.

This year, as he has done for the past nine in addition to running Goalcrease, Stauber coached the goalies for Team USA’s women’s hockey team in Sochi.

“I think the teams that win in the end are the ones that accept their roles — including the goalies,” said Stauber who is “King of the Goalie World” in the eyes of Team USA players. ”I see it as my responsibility to make sure that no matter who is called on, they are ready.”

One of the keys to coaching is knowing your players and working into their strengths. With Team USA for instance, Stauber said his three goalies all have different styles and different personalities: Vetter is unflappable, Schaus is analytical and McLaughlin is the most athletic.

“I view her as the perfect employee,” Stauber said of McLaughlin. “You make a suggestion to her, and her first words are, ‘I can do that.’”

Stauber has no doubts about Jessie Vetter’s ability because she never has doubts about herself.

“Last year at the world championships, she gave up a goal she did not want to give up,” Stauber said. “When I watched her, she was not doubting herself, she was collecting herself and when a goalie has that kind of demeanor, she seems to end up on the right end of a lot of games.”

Stauber takes that same mentality into his coaching at Goalcrease. The results continue to amaze as his Minnesota high school students rose to the top of the state of hockey, with most of the sectional winners having been Goalcrease-trained at some point.

The following is a list of the 15 Goalcrease students in 2014 who made it to the State tournament in Girls High School Hockey including:

-Amy Jost and Bailey Serum, Alexandria.
-Ashley Corcoran, Red Wing.
-Julia Schaefer, New Ulm
-Catherine Johnson, St. Paul United
-Anna Kruesel and Halley Fine, Blake.
-Maddie Rooney, Andover.
-Lauren Bench and Samantha Squires, Burnsville.
-Abby Cooper and Abby Hatcher, Lakeville North.
-Anna DeGulio, Benilde-SM.
-Paige Kittleson, Mounds View.
-Leah Patrick, Hill Murray.

On the boys side, the numbers were even higher, with 19 Goalcrease boy’s who made the trip to the High School state tourney including:

-Jake Gerdes & Erik Evers, Eden Prairie
-Andrew Rohkohl & Kobi Boe, Edina
-Andrew Lindgren & Bear Stebbing, Eagan
-Josh Benson & Daniel Ahrendt, Stillwater
-Ryan Anderson & Willie Woolever, Roseau
-Will Dupont & Jake Oettinger, Lakeville North
-Camren Dehler, St. Cloud Cathedral
-Adam Smith, Hermantown
-Connor Crabtree, Luverne
-Connor Wagner, New Prague
-Garrett Lieberg, East Grand Forks
-Jonathon Flakne & Grant Mathiason, Orono

What is even more impressive is the list of players who won state titles at the youth level this year who trained with the Goalcrease staff.

Goalcrease goalies who took home a MN youth state championship in 2014 are:

-Junior Gold A: Joe Silbaugh/ Parker Anderson, Wayzata
-Junior Gold B: Alex Branton, Edina
-Bantam AA: Gabe Hollum, Grand Rapids
-Bantam B: Matthew Prondzinski, Linden Olness
-U14 B: Paige Greely, Edina
-Pee Wee AA: Weston Gervais/ Jack Wolfe, Edina
-Pee Wee B: Seth Valento/ Ryan Dehling, WBL
-U12 B: Abby Bollig, Farmington

Simply put, the proof is in the process, and the results in which they bear out. With so many champions, from so many different ages, it takes a special coach to be able to translate this message to such a variety of people.

Different Styles, All Winners

Just like the greatest goalies in the world (ie. Tim Thomas, M-A Fleury, and Ryan Miller) all play differently-so do our finest students.

Alec Richards

Rockford Ice Hogs -AHL

  • uses size and patience
  • blocks well but great glove reactions too
  • working on being better playing the puck

Alex Stalock

San Jose Sharks- NHL

  • extremely aggressive when playing the puck
  • reactive and unpredictable
  • creative and competitive
  • uses speed and skating to his advantage

Jessie Vetter

USA Women’s National Team

  • 2014 Olympic Silver Medalist
  • 2011 World Champion

 

Riku Helenius

Tampay Bay Lightning -NHL/Eliteserien

  • Big and flexibile
  • Body-based blocking style

Johan Gustafsson

Sweden Junior National Team Gold Medalist
Minnesota Wild  / Iowa Wild

  • perfect combo of quickness and control
  • strong and mature for a young prospect

Kent Patterson

Minnesota Gophers -WCHA, Colorado Avalanche Draft Pick

  • Very athletic (fast, strong, and flexible)
  • also very technichally sound
  • can be aggressive and reactive or patient and conservative

 

Wall Of Fame

The lists below reflect achievements made since 2002.

Pro Goalies

Top League

Kellen Briggs ECHL
Jeff Frazee AHL
Riku Helenius NHL/Eliteserien (SWE)
Johan Gustafsson Allvenskan (SWE)
Jeff Jakaitis ECHL
Matt Lundin ECHL
Alec Richards AHL
Alex Stalock NHL
Nathan Ziemski WHA2
Craig Vardy SPHL
Bryce ChristiansonErik Hartzell

Mac Carruth

Igo Bobkov

ECHLAHL

AHL

AHL

 

Division I College

Jon Anderson Laura Bellamy Ali Boe
Kellen Briggs Stephen Caple Bryce Christianson
Danielle Ciarletta Johanna Ellison Joe Fallon
Jeff Frazee Alyssa Grogan Joe Howe
Jeff Jakaitis Justin Johnson Alex Kangas
Justin Kowalkowski Matt Lundin Alana Marcinko
Kim Martin Allanah McCready Amanda Nagel
Lars Paulgaard Jessica Ptachick Alec Richards
Rebecca Rueggseger Riitta Shcaublin Michael Shibrowski
Brent Solei Alex Stalock Paige Thunder
Aaron Walski Travis Weber Kent Patterson
Erik Hartzell Michael Taffe Julie Friend
Shyler Sletta

Adam Wilcox

Maddie Dahl

Ryan Coyne

Chelsea Laden

Alex Fons

Shelby Amsley-Benzie

 Sydney Rossman

Matt McNeely

Keegan Asmundson

 

Junior A Tier 1 & 2

Jon Anderson Keegan Asmundson Tyler Brigl
Mac Carruth Joe Dawson Max Dodds
Reid Ellingson Joe Fallon Alex Fons
Nick Graves Erik Hartzell Riku Helenius
Matt Hemingway Joe Howe Brandon Jaeger
Alex Kangas Jake Kremer Tim Krystosek
Matt Lundin Matt McNeely Mike Ness
Peter O’Hara Kent Patterson Lars Paulgaard
Jim Redpath Alec Richards Joe Shannon
Michael Shibrowski Alex Stalock Hudson Stremmel
Michael Taffe Johan Gustafsson Jacob Meyers
Garrett Patrick Caleb Neal Robert Nichols
Joshua Hillegas Connor Girard Nick Heimer
Brandon Wildung Colin Olson Adam Wilcox
Aaron Davis Charlie Lindgren

 

MN High School State Champs

NCAA Champs

Kurt Altrichter Justin Johnson
Maddie Burke (2) Kim Martin
Rachel Bowens-Rubin Travis Webb
Kristen Elliot Nathan Ziemski
Andrew Ford (2)
Connor Girard
Alec Richards
Keaton Smith
Julie Friend
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (2)Justin Quale

Tori Johnson

Sydney Rossman

Anna Kruesel

Wilii Benjamin

Andrew Rohkohl

(Only those with min. 1 post-season victory listed)

 

NCAA All-American

Frank Brimsek Award*

MN Girls’ Sr Goalie Award

Kim Martin Jon Anderson Alyssa Grogan
Riitta Schaublin Reid Ellingson Alannah McCready
Beth Spurrier Matt Lundin Julie Friend
Alex Stalock Casey O’Connor  Sydney Rossman
Nathan Ziemski

Adam Wilcox

Laura Chamberlain

Alec Richards  Erin O’Neil