Coach from Czech Republic gets to work in, observe Dave Peterson CCM High Performance Goalie Camp
Vojtech Hedbavny, a 21-year-old former goalie from Slaný, Czech Republic, asked for a camp in the USA to take part in and USA Hockey got him to be a part of the camp in St. Cloud, Minn.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Vojtech Hedbavny is from Slaný, Czech Republic, a city of about 16,000 that is about a 50-minute drive to the north and west of Prague.
The 21-year-old Hedbavny is attending Charles University in Prague and studying physical education and coaching. Due to a back injury, his playing career as a goalie is done, but he has started coaching goalies for the club team in his hometown.
Coaching club team hockey means that he coaches goalies from the ages of 6-20. OK, but how did Hedbavny end up working and observing at the Dave Peterson CCM High Performance Goalie Camp from Aug. 4-7 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center?
"In Czech, it's a problem that we don't have a lot of goalie coaches," he said. "We are making camps for goalies in Czech who don't have goalie coaches for their clubs. We are trying to get one goalie training for two weeks with goalie coaches.
"That's why I'm here," Hedbavny said between sessions on Aug. 7 at the Brooks Center. "I wanted to bring some experience from here to Czech and teach some of the coaches the basic things that they can teach goalies. I also wanted to bring some things back because (the coaching) is not as high a level as here. It's not bad, but it's not that high ... I also wanted to get better at English."
Hedbavny said that he discussed coming to the US with his club team's head coach, who is friends with Steve Thompson. Thompson is USA Hockey's American Development Model manager for goaltending. Hedbavny said they gave him a few camps to work at and observe, the first of which was the camp in St. Cloud.
This was the 17th year of the Dave Peterson CCM High Performance Goalie Camp, the last "eight or nine" have been at the Brooks Center, according to Steve Carroll, who is the director of the camp and the Minnesota Hockey Goalie Coach-in-Chief. Peterson was the Team USA Olympic coach in 1988 and 1992 and died in 1997.
For the last four years, the goalies have also worked with a shooter's camp. There are 25 boy goalies, 25 boy shooters, 25 girl goalies and 25 girl shooters who take part in the camp. Players ages 15-18 are invited to the camp.
"Other USA Hockey affiliates have been trying to replicate this model in their communities and are not nearly as successful as we are in Minnesota," Carroll said. "Kids who make their section or district team in the spring High Performance festival are eligible to participate in this camp. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. These are some of the top players in their age groups."
This year's camp had 12 goalie coaches, three shooting camp coaches, four goalie camp counselors (current college goalies) and four shooting camp counselors (current college and junior players). The camp also had off-ice instruction and talks from nine presenters.
"We bring in a variety of coaches on purpose to give different looks, different approaches and different theories on goalie development and encourage the kids to listen and learn," Carroll said. "I've really tried to let the kids decide who their favorite coaches are and the techniques that are taught. We don't get into, 'You better listen to whoever because they're a Division I coach and if you want to play DI, it's their way or the highway.' No, you need to figure it out for yourself.
"When we invite (coaches) to camp, we invite them to bring their favorite drills to camp and to run their favorite drills. I want them to be passionate about what they're teaching. So we don't have a master practice plan and that's on purpose. I want to take advantage of the creativity and experience of the goalie and shooting coaches."
Hedbavny said that some intangibles at the camp are something that will stick with him.
"I love the energy here and the confidence level of all of the people here, the coaches and the players," he said. "In Czech, there is not so much energy there, they slow down.
"I love that they are drills, but the drills are also fun. There is good competition and good friendship here. The drills here are creative. Everybody wants to share their experience and things they know. I like how the goalies want to get better. In Czech, some of the goalies, you need to push them: Let's go, let's go. Here, they are like, 'OK, what can I do better?' The attitude is the main difference."
Hedbavny said that girls mostly play with boys growing up in the Czech Republic, so he had not worked with a lot of girls before the camp. So he will be taking a lot of new experiences home.
"I learned how to explain the drills in English and also, I could be observing and so I record the stuff they are doing and bring it home to Czech and try it with our goalies," he said. "This is the best thing ever. It's a dream come true for me."
Hedbavny is in the United States for almost three weeks. He will take part in a USA Hockey goalie camp this weekend in Ohio.
2022 Minnesota Hockey High Performance Dave Peterson Goalie Camp and High Performance Shooting Camp
Steve Carroll, director. Minnesota Hockey Goalie Coach-in-Chief. Goalie coach for Gustavus Adolphus College women’s team. Former All-American goalie and NCAA NCAA Division II National Champion at Minnesota State Mankato. Carroll Goalie School.
Bill Manuel, assistant director. Played goalie for Wisconsin-Stout. Boys goalie coach at Buffalo High School. Coaches at several goalie schools.
Amanda Kasper, associate director. Played goalie at University of North Dakota and Gustavus Adolphus College. Former Dave Peterson Camp participant and counselor. Goalie coach for youth hockey associations.
Shooting camp coaches
Erik Anderson, Minnesota Hockey skills coach, Eagan High School boys team.
Dave Carroll, former Augsburg University player, Eastview Youth Hockey Association.
Pat Carroll, Gustavus Adolphus College women's hockey team assistant coach.
Goalie camp coaches
Ashley Checkal, former Gustavus Adolphus College goalie.
Chris Esposito, University of Minnesota women's team volunteer goalie coach.
Vojtech Hedbavny, guest coach, Czech Republic.
Amanda Kasper, former North Dakota and Gustavus Adolphus goalie.
Steve Houge, St. Paul Johnson High School boys.
Bill Manuel, played goalie for Wisconsin-Stout. Boys goalie coach at Buffalo High School. Coaches at several goalie schools.
Mike Moline, South St. Paul High School girls team.
Matt Richmond, College of St. Benedict, St. Cloud Crush girls team.
Andy Roeser, Park High School boys team.
Derek Simon, St. Cloud State University women's team volunteer goalie coach.
Dr. Greg Slupe, Wisconsin-Stout men's hockey team.
Megan Sweerin, former USA Women's National Team goalie.
Stephanie Garvis, Plymouth, Trinity College
Mara McClain, Bloomington, Augsburg University
Jack Branby, St. Paul, College of St. Scholastica
Louden Hogg, Edina, Holy Cross
Brooke Power, Lakeville, Gustavus Adolphus College
Emily Olson, Delano, Gustavus Adolphus College
Jordan Zelenak, Buffalo, St. Cloud Norsemen
Griffin Gleisner, Buffalo
Karyn Bye, 1988, 2002 USA Olympic teams
Maria Mountain, Goalie stretching and training
Dave Carroll, stickhandling specialist
Basia Drilling, sports dietician
Mark Wick, mental health advocate
Dr. Greg Slupe, dryland training
Josh Tucker, vision training
Steve Carroll, elevating game to next level
Kate Meemken, sports yoga
High Performance Shooting Camp girls participants
Skye Norgren, Fergus Falls, senior in 2022-23
Sarah Wangen, Austin, Sr.
Lily Anderson, Eagan, Jr.
Grace Cheny, Stillwater, Jr.
Olivia Dejarnett, Stillwater, Jr.
Michelle Smith, New Ulm, Jr.
Josephine Arlowe, Blake, So.
Sari Cords, Eastview, So.
Claire Hanson, Armstrong/Cooper, So.
Kaylee Idrogo-Lam, Edina, So.
Madelyn Kemplin, Hill-Murray, So.
Gianna Neist, Prior Lake, So.
Brooklyn Riley, Benilde-St. Margaret's, So.
Ella Schaefer, Eastview, So.
Tori Schmidt, Roseville, So.
Ellie Solheim, Bemidji, So.
Hanna Austinson, Albert Lea, Fr.
Mika Cichosz, Albert Lea, Fr.
Kate Johnson, Warroad, Fr.
Estelle Lemieux, Armstrong/Cooper, Fr.
Ashlyn Paukert, Northfield, Fr.
Gianna Schinigoi, Duluth Mirage, Fr.
Maggie Wallendar, Breck, Fr.
Dave Peterson Goalie Camp girls participants
Isabella Hamre, Thief River Falls, Sr.
Brooke Kimel, Eagan, Sr.
Annaliese Rader, Mankato East, Sr.
Breya Sawyer, Brainerd, Sr.
Mackenzie Abbott, Breck, Jr.
Tulie Boughan, Lakeville North, Jr.
Gabriellea Brisbois, Northern Stars, Jr.
Gabriella Casa De Calvo, White Bear Lake, Jr.
Rachel Doppelhammer, Albert Lea, Jr.
Morgan Dorn, Sartell/Sauk Rapids, Jr.
Jerilyn Eberling, Dodge County, Jr.
Annika Jyrkas, Fergus Falls, Jr.
Addison Oettinger, Burnsville, Jr.
Riley Toivonen, Grand Rapids/Greenway, Jr.
Maddison Forsyth, Orono, So.
Ava Jovan, Buffalo, So.
Natalie Kendhammer, Rosemount Area, So.
Claire Kinneberg, Rogers, So.
Addison Moudry, Farmington, So.
Jayda Moyer, Albert Lea, So.
Sydney Ries, Simley, So.
Zoe Rimstad, Holy Angels, So.
Annika Olson, Anoka, Fr.
Peyton Nelson, Minnetonka, Fr.
Taylor Thompson, Forest Lake, Fr.
High Performance Shooting Camp boys participants
Frank Goodman, Rochester Mayo, Jr.
Meyer Kreutzmann, Apple Valley, Jr.
Justin Obrochta, Gentry Academy, Jr.
William Weidemann, Lakeville South, Jr.
Ian Bacik, St. Cloud Cathedral, So.
Sawyer Graubins, Holy Family, So.
Alex Hernandez, St. Michael-Albertville, So.
Cooper Hills, East Grand Forks, So.
Nicholas Johnston, Rogers, So.
Ryan McPartland, Holy Family, So.
Connor Pirsig, Albert Lea, So.
Bennet Prokop, Osseo, So.
Jesse Varner, Buffalo, So.
Jack Welde, Fergus Falls, So.
Brady Wick, Duluth Hockey, So.
Ayden Althaus, Silver Bay, Fr.
Jacob Kolker, Albert Lea, Fr.
Brady Lerberg, Monticello, Fr.
Connor Maruska, Crookston, Fr.
Nolan Muelebroeck, East Grand Forks, Fr.
Noah Osland, Chisago Lakes, Fr.
Luke Syverson, Apple Valley, Fr.
Dave Peterson Goalie Camp boys participants
Riley Burnett, Shattuck-St. Mary's, Sr.
Ryan Gerlich, Brainerd, Jr.
Bryer Hoffman, New Ulm, Jr.
Andrew Lane, Hill-Murray, Jr.
Otto Reinhart, Andover, Jr.
Alexander Sabev, Irondale, Jr.
Gavin Schahn, Centennial, Jr.
Kale Witt, Detroit Lakes, Jr.
Dane Callaway, Hermantown, So.
Connor Doyle, Duluth Denfeld, So.
Nick Hansen, St. Cloud Cathedral, So.
Lukas Heilman, Hutchinson, So.
Adam Holien, Sartell, So.
Zane Lanahan, East Ridge, So.
John Manuel, Buffalo, So.
Carter Mayfield, Lakeville North, So.
Tate Metcalf, Bemidji, So.
Cooper Peterson, Becker/Big Lake, So.
Cole Sharrow, Hermantown, So.
Charles Stenehjem, Moorhead, So.
Grayson Hanggi, Centennial, Fr.
Christian Hill, Bemidji, Fr.
Izaak Kalis, Little Falls, Fr.
Jacob Iallonarado, Cloquet, Fr.