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Goalie Development

CAHA is providing direction and resources to our Associations to maximize our goalie development.

Leading this effort is Brian Haaland, CAHA Goalie Coordinator who can be reached at, (704) 746-4908.

Brian Haaland

CAHA Goaltending Coordinator
(704) 746-4908

Brian has a Bachelor of Science in education and physical education, Brian Haaland understands how young minds learn. As a Division 1 goalie at University of Nebraska at Omaha 1999-2003, Brian was known for his tenacity and never give up attitude. He began his coaching and training career early, beginning with hockey camps all through high school and college. He has been providing private goaltending lessons in Charlotte, North Carolina since Jan. 2009. Since finishing college, Brian has been a professional coach for NASCAR teams for the last 10 years. Working as a Pit stop coach and weight room coach, Brian designs practice plans and workouts so his team can outperform the rest. Learn more about Brian at

USA Hockey Goalie Nation

USA Hockey is leading the way with new information on goaltending and coaching goalies. Please see the following resources:

USA Hockey Goaltending Website

USA Hockey New Approach to Goaltender Development

USA Hockey Goaltending Development Tips for Coaches

USA Hockey ADM Best Practices for Goalies

  • 6U – small mini-nets, everyone tries goalie, quick change pads, blue pucks, cross-ice. It is recommended that players only play goalie with the quick change pads where they can try the position. Players at this age should be playing out as a player as much as possible.
  • 8U - 36” x 48” goalie nets, dedicated goaltenders must skate as a player in 50% of the practices/games.
  • 10U – if you have 2 goalies, the one not playing in the game plays as a player. Goalies play player in practice prior to playing player in a game. Another option is to split periods. However, it is much better for the goalie’s development to have them on the ice ALL of the time during games so having a goalie play in goal and the other playing out as a player for each game is best.
  • 12U – use the 10U method or split periods so that each goalie is playing in every game.

Goalie Nets

  • For 6U, mini-nets should be used.
  • For 8U, it is required that 36” x 48” nets be used in every 8U practice, game, and Jamboree.
  • For 10U and up, regular size nets are used during full-ice games and 36" X 48" nets during Half-Ice games.

8U ADM regulation 36" x 48" nets at a huge discount via CAHA and the Arizona Sports Equipment Company

CAHA is partnering with Arizona Sports Equipment to provide our Associations the 8U regulation 36 x 48 nets. These 36 x 48 inch 8U goals/nets are for 8U development, 10U Half-Ice games, and 8U Jamborees and are essential for skill development in these age groups.  To learn more about the discount, contact:
Brad Hoffman
(704) 497-5641

Arizona Sports Equipment Company offers 8U ADM regulation nets (36" X 48") these are ideal for 8U development and 10U Half-Ice games.

Goalie Coaching Tools

On-Ice Goalie Coaching Cards – these cards were developed for use on the ice for goalie coaches. You may print, laminate, and put them on a key ring for use during practices.

Goalie Crease Protractor – you can make this effective tool for use with drawing a crease for goalies during all small games and drills. “Toes out” is a very effective method to teach the goalies proper positioning and angles.

To make your own goalie protractor – tie carabiner on one end of the
string and the marker on the other. Use hockey tape to secure.

For 4’ x 6’ regulation net: you will need one Elmer’s Boardmate
Colossal Extra Wide Tip marker, one 2” carabiner, string. String should
be long enough that the distance from the end of the carabiner to the
end of the marker is 86”.

For 3’ x 4’ intermediate 8U/10U net: you will need one Elmer’s Super-
Sized Permanent marker, one 2” carabiner, string. String should be
long enough that the distance from the end of the carabiner to the end of the marker is 66”.

Goalie “Box Control” Ropes – used to help goalies with positioning on the puck and for improving their angles.

QuickChange Goalie Equipment


The QuickChange goalie equipment system is a must-own for all youth hockey organizations with 6U, 8U and 10U programs. This equipment is specifically designed to make it easy for a coach or parent to convert a skater into a goalie. Within one minute, you can have your skater ready to play between the pipes.

The QuickChange goalie sets currently come in three sizes:
Pure Hockey – 24” leg pads
Vaughn Hockey – 24” and 26” for 6U and 8U and 30” for 10U. Contact Adam at

Designed to fit over standard player equipment.


  • 24-inch, 26-inch, or 30-inch leg pads
  • Blocker and Catching Glove


    Padded jersey & Bag