Our goal is for goalies to learn how to move as efficient as possible around their “Home Base” also known as the crease. With increasing their skill level and crease management, goalies that take part in the State of Mind Goaltending School will become more confident, efficient, reactive and begin to enjoy the position and the game more and more. We strive to make our students the best goalie they can be improving their all-around game. We want our goalies to be able to enjoy the position as much as possible. Goalies are the backbone of any team – and by providing them with the skills and confidence they need, they will become a valuable asset to their team and form a new love for the game.
Drew was born and raised in Stratford Prince Edward Island. He moved away at the age of 15 and played a season of Ontario Jr.A before being drafted 8th overall to the Sherbrooke Castors of the QMJHL where he played for four seasons. He was drafted in the 4th round in the NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings and went on to have an 18-year professional career. His career saw him play in the NHL with 3 different teams (Toronto, Vancouver, Buffalo), AHL (10 different teams), ECHL (2 teams). He also had a successful international career with stops in the KHL, top leagues in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Japan.
He had the privilege of representing Canada on 4 separate occasions (Under 18, Spengler Cup) bringing home gold on 3 of those occasions. He is also ranked in the top 10 in all time wins in AHL history. Drew had the privilege to work with some of the most respected and successful goalie coaches in the world and by doing so, it became apparent to him that he had a passion for passing along this knowledge and to help the next generation of goalies.
In whatever he does he believes you should tackle it with hard work, enthusiasm, respect, and gratefulness. Drew could not operate this school or have had the career that he has had without the love and assistance from his amazing wife Karen and awesome daughters Mullen and Sallie.
Goalies attending the State of Mind Goaltending School have the added benefit to receive mental training from Tara Costello, a renowned sports psychologist. There are a lot of ups and downs for the mental state of goaltenders and Tara has the ability, experience, and training to help our goalies overcome the challenges they face on and off the ice.
Tara has over 30 year’s involvement in sport as an athlete, coach, teacher and mental performance consultant. She has over 20 years of experience building a process that supports athletes in developing a number of key mental habits and attitudes for excellence. She has supported numerous Canada Games athletes and teams, N.H.L./ A.H.L. players, Special Olympics Canada National team program, nationally ranked junior tennis athletes, Canadian Youth Olympic team members, Canadian and world junior curling champions, various university teams and other regionally and nationally successful athletes.
Her own sport experiences include squash, distance running including marathon and half marathons, Western horse competitions as well as varsity and Canada Games field hockey.
She lives with her husband Patrick and son Nathaniel in PEI.
Mental Performance Consultant
Matt MacEwen grew up playing minor hockey in the Morell and Kings County programs. He played his years with Kings County AAA during his U15 and U18 years. Afterwards he played a season with the Kings County Junior B Sharks.
After minor hockey, Matt has been dedicated into developing goalies at his home association in Pownal. Over the past 7 years, he has been the lead for Goalie Development and has helped to organize goalie development sessions within the PMHA. He has been involved with Hockey PEI and the High Performance Program. He currently is involved in goalie coaching with the Eastern Stars U18 AAA team and with the Charlottetown Knights Major U18. The State of Mind Summer Camps is something Matt and his kids look forward to each year. He enjoys meeting new goalies and working with them to improve their game. His kids enjoy the program just as much as he does. You will usually see them out there for every ice time as shooters.
You can usually find Matt at the rink in Pownal with his wife Linsey and their children Ryland (SOM alumi and goalie for the Pownal Taco Boyz U18 AAA) Harris (SOM shooter) and Linden (SOM shooter).
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