Training the Trainers
To insure consistency of approach, Sean and Rob personally spend hours conducting training sessions with the on ice assistants. Part of the philosophy behind the success of PFGS is that to train and develop students the approach in teaching technique needs to be consistent. PFGS instructors are all skill tested prior to being accepted and are committed to regular in – house training sessions to assure consistency of approach in teaching different techniques.
PFGS has adopted a policy that we ask all the family members of our clients to respect. Individual instructors can be asked to discuss student’s progress after the completion of training sessions, subject to the instructors availability. Any concerns regarding program content, teaching techniques, or overall program issues are to be directed to either Rob Fuchs or Sean Murray. All students are provided with contact information for both Sean and Rob.
Anyone who understands hockey knows that goaltenders are a special breed. It takes a combination of outstanding athleticism, a strong commitment to mental toughness and preparation, and a fearless approach as skilled athletes fire pucks at speeds up to 100 mph at you. There are many different preparation styles and training methods to becoming a premiere goalie and while we believe that we have designed an outstanding program oriented to achieving success, we also respect the training that other aspiring goalies have received from some of their other mentors along their paths. Our training staff have a combined 127 years of goalie training experience to draw from and we share all that training and experience with our students.
Sean Murray – Chief Instructor
The original founder of PFGS. Sean has been instructing goalies for 20 years. Sean has been a master instructor for the legendary Vladislav Tretiak. Considered one of the games elite instructors, Sean is currently the goaltending consultant with the WHL Champion Vancouver Giants, the UBC Thunderbirds (CIS), Hockey Canada, Twist Pro conditioning, as well as being a consultant to associations throughout BC and California. Sean has played many years of Junior hockey and has also coached in the PIJHL and the BCHL.
Rob Fuchs – Chief Instructor
The first student of PFGS to receive a college scholarship, Rob now is co-owner of Pro Formance goalie schools. A graduate of Hamline University in 2003 with a bachelors degree in business management – Rob played 4 years of college hockey where, as a freshman he won 2nd team all conference honors. Rob also played professionally with the Texarcana Bandits. He has been training goalies for over 10 years with students ranging from 6 years old to goalies at the Junior A, NCAA, and WHL levels.
Barry Brust – Training Leader
Currently playing professionally for the Straubing Tigers in the German Ice Hockey League, Barry is a former WHL and ECHL allstar. Barry has been instructing with PFGS for 8 years
Mark Dekanich – Training Leader
A draft pick of the Nashville Predators, currently rostered with Columbus Blue Jackets, Mark was the recipient of the Ken Dryden award as the NCAA top goaltender with Colgate University. A longtime student and instructor with PFGS
Martin Jones – Training Leader
Former WHL Goalie of the year and first team all star for 2009 – 2010 season, lead Calgary to best regular season record in the WHL, currently playing with Manchester Monarchs of the AHL
Peter Mandoli – Training Leader
Peter is currently playing with the UBC Thunderbirds (CIS) and has 7 years of Junior Hockey experience. An outstanding instructor and motivator – Peter is a valuable member of the PFGS team.
Brad (Darb) Howard – Training Leader
A long time PFGS student, Darb (as he’s affectionately known to students) brings his love for the game and good humored approach to working with minor hockey associations throughout the lower mainland