Coach Garman

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Coach Garman’s Journey

Mike grew up playing in his hometown, Vail, Colorado, before playing three seasons of AAA hockey. His first year of Juniors was in the NAHL playing for the Springfield Jr. Blues.

After that season, he signed a contract in the BCHL, where he backstopped the Nanaimo Clippers to the BCHL championship and helped lead the team back to the finals the following year.

From Nanaimo, Mike earned an opportunity at the Division I powerhouse  Cornell University, where he played along side current NHL goalie, Ben Scrivens. In his junior season, Mike achieved the second highest save percentage in college hockey.

Mike pursued a professional career primarily in Europe, playing in Norway, Sweden and France. After a major hip surgery, he retired from playing and began coaching goalies full time.

He has broken down his journey into four parts to help give goalies insight into how to best achieve their hockey goals.

Part I – Small Town to AAA

Part II – Journey to Juniors

Part III – How My Riskiest Move Was My Greatest Opportunity

Part IV – How to Use Challenges to Your Advantage

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Coach Garman’s Philosophy

Coach Garman believes that the best goalies take a complete approach to their game. This means you can’t just be a great skater, you must also understand how to manage your emotions.

More than that, you must fuel your body well and make sure your fitness training is specifically geared to help you in the crease.

When you get 1% better here and 1% better there, your small improvements combine to create significant advantages. This is how you become great.

The fun fact about these slight edges is that they do not take HUGE efforts. They take simple, purposeful actions executed every single day. A small improvement made day-after-day compounds into huge differences over a season and a career.

Hence, our motto, “Get 1% better today.”

Coach Garman truly believes that goalies can reach their highest potential if they have the right tools and resources and are willing to commit to the effort of getting 1% better every day.

If a goalie is committed to the work, Coach Garman is committed to providing them with the tools and resources necessary. GoaliebyGarman focuses specifically on:

  1. Elite Technique
  2. Optimal Mindset
  3. Body Dynamics
  4. Positive Well-Being

Coach Garman spent a whole career learning and fine-tuning these concepts and, as a result, achieved great success. He has also seen the goalies that he coaches become their best by implementing the same principles. And he knows you can too!

Coach Garman is proud to work with goalies all over the world from NHL goalies to National Team Goalies, and with many others of all skill sets and ages.

All that matters is that they have the commitment to get 1% better each day.

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