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Closed out 49th summer of camp yesterday with a special moment. Many years ago, Kevin Morrison brought his young 10-year old son Mike to my camp. Mike went on to Mainland the NHL and both father and son worked my camp as coaches. yesterday, Mike's 10-year old son Mason made his camp debut. Three generations of Morrisons!!
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Next summer's goalie camp, #50, will be the last. I have learned that it is better to go a little early than to stay a year too long. It has been a great run with unequalled satisfaction in seeing what we have done. This last week was one of the best ever. I started in 1974 under Tim Taylor's tutelage at the West Suburban Arena in Natick, MA, and peaked during my time with the Bruins when we had 550 goalies over 10 weeks. We have coached Stanley Cup winners (Mike Richter), NCAA winners (Chuckie Hughes, John Muse, Tim Kelleher), #1 draft picks (Rick DiPietro), Vezina Winners (Jim Carey), women pioneers (Kelly Dyer, Erin Whitten, Michelle DiStefano and others) and high school champions and goalies from mites to adults (too many to list). We had goalies connected to "celebrities" - James Taylor's son, Madeleine Albright's daughter, the son of Robert Vaughn (the "Man from U.N.C.L.E.") and others. The goal was to simply provide tools to make the position more enjoyable for whoever came before us. And we did that, thousands of times. And what a staff we had. The best!

Next summer, we will return to the Burlington Ice Palace, July 31-August 4 (registration details will be available at a later time). We are inviting anyone who ever attended, coached or shot pucks at the camp to a gathering in the BIP parking lot on Thursday, August 3, after camp. Friday, the official last day, will be the rain-out date. Or, perhaps, "heat -out" date, given the current climate conditions.

I have already started designing 50th anniversary merchandise. I look forward to the blatant self-promotion that the next 12 months will afford me.

Please spread the word.

photoGet your copy of "Late in the Third" - Observations from Both Sides of the Glass By Joe Bertagna

Released in 2021

A retrospective on a long and stellar life in hockey from growing up in Arlington, Mass., to playing at Harvard and professionally and through his many years as a conference commissioner. Pick up a copy Joe's book "Late in the Third" today!


photoGet your copy of "Revisting Goaltending" - A new goaltending resource from Joe Bertagna and Darren Hersh!

A Complementing Guide to Today's Teaching

Veteran goalie coaches Joe Bertagna and Darren Hersh have joined forces to produce a unique new tool to help goalies and coaches understand how the position should be played. Bertagna and Hersh, who both played and coached at the professional ranks, take on such topics as "Depth," "Predictability," and "Reading Plays," in this 64-page paperback that will serve as a good complement to today's private goalie coach culture.

Bertagna and Hersh have self-published and a limited number of these books is now available. Order yours today!

Cost: $15 (includes shipping)

Note: Joe is committing $1 from the sale of each book to the Travis Roy Foundation.

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Former Boston Bruins goalie coach and current Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna being interviewed by Bertagna Staffer Mike Morrison and former UMass head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon at Frozen Fenway on NESN.
photoFormer Boston Bruins goalie coach Joe Bertagna has completed his fourth DVD for Championship Productions of Ames, IA. This one is titled, "Goaltending Today: Traditional Values through New Techniques." Filmed this summer with former NHL netminder Mike Morrison, and enhanced this winter with UMass goalie coach Mike Buckley, this DVD shows how many of the newer techniques employed by today's top goalies are used to reach familiar goals of proper positioning and puck control.

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Mike Morrison
Former NHL goaltender Mike Morrison will continue in a leading role in working many in-season clinics for Bertagna Goaltending. Mike, who attended Joe’s clinics as a youngster out of Medford, MA, went on to an outstanding career in prep school (St. Sebastian’s), college (the University of Maine) and the National Hockey League (Edmonton, Ottawa, and Phoenix.)
We have seen quite a few changes in the instruction we have offered for almost four decades. At first, we only coached goalies and our goalie clinics are still what occupies our staff the most. But even the goalie instruction has changed. Families are not content with limiting their instruction to a single week in the summer. They want help all year round. They might want to attend once a week instead of five straight days. With costs and busy family schedules, they might want a shorter clinic. And they want personalized attention. And so we have adapted to give familes what they want.

We also have worked to stay "current." With the addition of younger staff, recently out of college or professional hockey, we have made sure to stay up with changes in the game. Joe and his staff are available year-round for youth hockey organizations. We now offer a variety of summer sessions, Three-day, four-day and five-day options are available, as is a once-a-week option. We are also busier in the fall and winter than ever before. And each spring, we offer instruction for adult women hockey players (not just goalies) as interest in women's hockey has really taken off.

We hope you consider one of the many options we offer, all of which are designed to help you play better and enjoy the game more. The fact that we are in our 38th year is living testimony to what thousands of hockey players have enjoyed by coming to us for instruction.

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