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QUESTION: Hello,

    My name is Cody, I am a goaltender. I was born and raised in a small Northern BC town in Canada. I did not get any experience in other than Bantaam and Midget house, and old timers hockey. I am currently 21 and am interested in elevating my game to a level where I could possibly have a shot at the NHL. I am not academically eligible for things such as the NCAA hockey program. How could I go about getting some pro or semi pro exposure?

ANSWER: Sorry Cody
I answered this last week, but I guess I didn't complete it. I suggest you get in touch with area jr. coaches now since most players have been recruited and are training for fall tryouts. Put together a video of your practices/games (games don't necessarily have to be games you've won). Coaches want to see your skill and technique. Talk about who you are and how you've progressed and what you do for training. Also might want to look in to using social media to get you exposed. You are going to have stiff competition so you will need to do everything you can.

dina

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QUESTION: Hello

    Thank you for the response. Newer information... What kind of aspects should I be looking at more to tryout for the UBC Thunderbird's CIS team? What level of play should I be at to have a chance to making that team? This year I am going to tryout for my local senior AA team (Central Interior Hockey League) this year with high hopes, and if I do get some playing time on this team how much would this level differ from CIS hockey? Thank you for your time.

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Cody, I am not familiar with the 2 organizations. I think that since you haven't had a lot of organized play, you may need to focus on making any team right now and become the starter. Spending this coming season playing for a team and build on getting recognition and then make a decision for the following season.  

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Dina Solimini

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I can answer goaltending questions including: equipment, rules, positioning, psychology, drills, fitness, recruiting, etc. I can answer questions about American college hockey (especially Women's), Youth, and High School (especially East Coast/ New England area). I can answer some nostalgia questions for example: what was it like to play in all leather equipment? What was it like to skate in rinks that had chain link fencing instead of glass? I cannot answer specific statistics questions including College and Pro hockey.

Experience

I grew up in New England and played goalie in the Youth Hockey program (including a Metro Team) from Mite AA through Midgets (pretty much the only girl in the programs). I played on my High School Boy’s team all four years. I played 1 season at Boston College as a starter and finished the last 3 seasons as a starter at the University of New Hampshire. In my senior season we won the longest game in college history. We beat Providence 3-2 in 5 overtimes! I also played with Team USA at different times in my career. I was also a 1998 Team USA Winter Olympic hopeful. For the last 5 seasons I have coached several organizations as the goalie coach and second assistant coach. These levels include: Youth Hockey boys and girls and High School boys and girls.

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Youth Hockey, MA

Education/Credentials
BA and MS ;USA Hockey Level 3 Coach

Awards and Honors
1998 Winter Olympic Hopeful 1996 ECAC Champion 1996 UNH Female Athlete of the Year Nominee 1995, 1996 ECAC All- Tournament Goalie 1993-1996 Holder of several UNH goaltending records 1995 Member, Women's USA Select Team 1991 Teen Magazine Sports Girl of the Year Finalist 1990-1991 US Women's Training Team

Past/Present Clients
Current: Youth Hockey, MA Past: High School, MA, Rochester Youth Hockey, Rochester, NH, RinkSport, Inc., Quistgard Goaltending.

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