Andrew Kent

Director of Goaltender Development

Andrew grew up playing youth hockey in Lakeville, MN. Graduating from Lakeville High School in 2002, Andrew went on to play junior hockey with the Twin Cities Northern Lights, where he was selected as an All League Goaltender. Kent continued his playing career at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Kent was a four-year letter winner at Augsburg, playing from 2005-09. Kent is listed among Augsburg’s all-time top 10 in career saves, career save percentage, and career average saves per game. Kent was an M.I.A.C. All-Conference award winner in 2007 and earned M.I.A.C All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2009. He was also an assistant captain for the Auggies as a senior in 2008-09. Kent graduated from Augsburg in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a minor in management information systems.

Along with his playing experience Kent brings a wealth of coaching experience to the MEGA Goaltending staff.

Kent coached in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Games for the Women's Finnish National team. Along with coaching in the Olympics Kent is currently the Goalie coach for the U of M Gophers Women’s hockey team. Under his watch with the gophers his goalies have broken numerous records and received many awards. As a coach with the gophers he has also won back to back NCAA National Champions in both 2012 and 2013. Kent returned to Augsburg College in 2013 and currently serves as the goalie coach for their men's team. Kent started coaching with MEGA in 2010 and during his tenure he has also served as the boys' goalie coach at Roseville High School and consulted with various teams, associations, and camps ranging from the youth levels up to Professional Goalies.

Andrew has taken this extensive experience, both as a player and as an instructor, and developed some of the most effective techniques for developing both young and experienced goaltenders.

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Noora Raty-Director of Goaltender Development- GirlsNoora Räty

Director of Goaltender Development, Girls

Noora grew up playing boys youth hockey in Espoo, Finland. While she was in high school, she played for Espoo Blues women’s team, which plays in the Finnish women’s national league, and there she won three National Championships in fours years. She also won several individual awards while playing in the Finnish women’s national league.

After graduating high school, Räty went on to play college hockey with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. During her fours seasons playing for the Gophers, she won two National Championships, was a three-time All-American, a three-time Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist (presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey), Capital One Academic All-American, a two-time Frozen Four MVP. She also holds NCAA records for career wins (114), career shutouts (43), career save percentage (94.9%), wins in a single season (38), shutouts in a single season (17), and winning percentage in a single season (1.000).

Räty graduated from the University of Minnesota in the August of 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in Sport Management. Räty has also been a member of the Finnish National since she was only 15 years old, and has over 120 games in international play. She has participated in two Olympics (2006 and 2010), winning a bronze medal in 2010. She has also played seven times in the IIHF World Women’s Championships, winning three bronze medals in 2008, 2009, and 2011. She was named the tournament's best goalie in 2007 and 2008 as well as earned the most valuable player award in 2008. Räty is currently preparing for her third Olympics under Justin Johnson’s and Andy Kent’s coaching.

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BJ O'Brien Southwest DirectorBJ O'Brien

Southwest Director

BJ grew up playing youth hockey in Lakeville, MN. He participated in back to back Minnesota State High School Tournaments in 2003 and 2004, where he set school records, state records, and made the All-State Tournament Team in 2004. After Graduating from High School in 2004, BJ was drafted by the Indiana Ice in the USHL. He played one season there, followed by the next season with the Fargo/Moorhead Jets. After having a stellar season with the Jets, BJ committed to St. Cloud State University.

After playing two seasons for St. Cloud State BJ transferred to St. Norbert College where he had many achievements: was NCHA 1st team all-conference award winner in 2010, and 2011, was named conference Player of the Year 2011, was a 2 time All-American in 2010, and 2011, is the only back-to-back MVP of the Frozen Four in 2010 and 2011, won the triple crown award for goalies in 2011 (best save percentage, best goals against average, and best win percentage), was nominated Player of the Year by USCHO in 2011, and won a National Championship in 2011.

BJ graduated from St. Norbert College in 2011 with a double major in Business Management and Economics. After graduation, BJ signed a pro contract in the CHL and played three years in the minors in the SPHL, CHL, ECHL, and AHL before retiring in 2014. BJ earned Player of the Week Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Along with BJ’s playing experience he brings a wealth of coaching experience to the MEGA Goaltending staff.

BJ has coached and worked with many goaltenders over the past 9 years helping them learn and improve their skills so that they can be the best goalies possible. He strives to help teach and pass on his knowledge to other goalies and working with them and their skills to help them be the best that they can be. The key here is teaching them what options they have and allowing the goalie to decide what style works best for them and then applying it to their game. BJ has encountered many challenges throughout his playing career, but his passion and love for the game as helped him overcome adversity and continue to be successful. Here he is able to apply this to his coaching to help get the most out of his goalies and to push them to their limits. BJ is very competitive and knows what it takes to excel at all levels. So when working with goalies of all ages he knows how to work with them to make them they best goalie they can be.

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Anders Franke-Northwest DirectorAnders Franke

Northwest Director

Anders Franke is a 2012 Elk River graduate. Anders started in net with the Elks for 4 years where he broke the Elk River High School hockey record for most career starts as a goalie at 106 starts. During his time with the Elks, Franke was named to the Northwest Suburban All-Conference award 4 years in a row. After his freshman season, he was selected to attend the Warren Strelow United States National Development Goalie Camp with a select amount of goalies across the country in his birth year. During his junior season, Anders was drafted by the Fargo Force (USHL) and Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL). His senior year he was drafted by the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL). Franke was named one of the captains his senior year for the Elks and was also awarded to the All-Metro team as the top goalie in the metro area.

Following his playing days with the Elks, Anders decided to play two years of junior hockey with the Flint Jr. Generals (NA3HL). During his time in Flint, Anders was named Goalie of the Year and 1st team All NA3HL during the 2013-2014 season. His last season in Flint, he took his team to Hartford, Connecticut to compete in the Tier 3 National Championship.

After his junior hockey career, Anders decided to attend Saint John’s University where he ended up hanging the skates up. Franke is currently studying business at Saint John’s. Anders is entering his 2nd year as the Goaltending coach with the Elks. Franke also helps out with St. Cloud State Women’s Hockey (D1 - WCHA) and the Granite City Lumberjacks (NA3HL). Anders is one of the lead instructors for MEGA Goaltending.

Anders brings a young mindset to the table from his extensive playing career and experience from coaching at the youth and high school levels. His effective techniques and aspect of the game bring another element to the MEGA Goaltending staff.

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Kent Patterson-West DirectorKent Patterson

West Director

Kent Patterson has been playing goalie for over two decades. Drafted #113 in the 4th round of the 2007 draft by the Colorado Avalanche. He grew up playing in the Armstrong Youth Hockey Association. Aside from association he also played with the 1989 Minnesota Blades. After one year of Bantams he went to play for The Blake School where he started both his Freshman and Sophomore season. During which he won the State Consolation Championship his Sophomore Season. Following his first two years of high school hockey he left home to go play for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL. His Rookie year he was named to the USHL All-Rookie team.

After Juniors Kent went on to play at the University of Minnesota for the Golden Gophers from 2008 to 2012. During his 2010-2011 season he was name All-WCHA Second team, voted my teammates as the John Mariucci MVP, the Dr. V. George Nagobads Unsung Hero and the Tom Mohr Playoff MVP. In his Senior season, 2011-2012, he was named to the AHCA West Second-Team All-American, All-WCHA First Team and won the WCHA Goaltending Champion title, broke the school record for shut-outs in a season with 7 (previously held by Robb Stauber, 1988), and won the MacNaughton Cup with fellow teammates. Kent was also named to the WCHA All Academic team all four years and graduated with a BS in BME.

In 2012, following his senior year, Kent signed a two year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. He spent the majority of his first two years playing for Colorado’s second affiliate the Denver Cutthroats. In his AHL debut he recorded a shutout but lost in a shootout. In his second year with the Denver Cutthroats he lead the team to Ray Miron Presidents Cup. After his two years contract Kent signed with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL where he was later traded to the Gwinnett Gladiators. The next year he had re-signed with the Atlanta Gladiators where he remained for the entire season.

Kent is currently playing for the Rapid City Rush in the ECHL. When he is not training with MEGA in the off-season, he is sharing his experience and knowledge as a MEGA certified instructor. He provides his vast perspectives of coaching from numerous coaches he’s had both at the collegiate and professional level. With his resume, he knows what it takes to get to the next level for aspiring goaltenders. So when working with goalies of all ages he can share his experience and knowledge to help coach all goalies to be the best they can be.

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Justin Grant

North Campus Director

Justin was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. He played high school hockey in the Quad City's. After high school he went on to play two seasons of junior hockey in the WJHL. He won championships both seasons.

Next, he played college hockey in the NCAA for Northland College. He majored in business management, minored in coaching, environmental economics and made the all academic team twice.

Finally, Justin went on to play professional hockey. He played three seasons of class A and two seasons of AA. He attended main training camps and played for teams in the CHL, IHL, SPHL, AAHA and AAHL.

The last five seasons Justin has been a full time goalie coach. He currently works with Centennial High School (five seasons) and Centennial Youth Hockey Association (three seasons) but has also spent time with Shakopee High School (two seasons). Justin has enjoyed two section championships and one VFW state championship (both Centennial).

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Brandon Jones

Brandon grew up playing youth hockey in Spring Lake Park, MN. He went on to play for Spring Lake Park High School and graduated from there in 2012. While at Spring Lake Park he was a four-time letter winner in hockey while being All-Conference for two of those seasons.

After high school Jones was recruited by Augsburg College to play golf and ended up walking on to the hockey team during his Sophomore year. He was a three-year letter winner for the Augsburg Hockey team. Along with being a member of the hockey team he was also a four-year letter winner for the Augsburg Golf team while being All-Conference for two of those seasons and was All-Region during his senior season. Jones graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science.

Jones has been apart of the MEGA Coaching staff for five years now and has gained tons of coaching experience while being with MEGA. Along with being an on-ice coach Jones helps out in the training center for the off-ice training as well.

With Jones’ experience in lots of different sports he brings an athletic side and staying true to your game kind of playing style to the MEGA staff.

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Karel Popper-Mega Goal TendingKarel Popper

West Campus Director

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Popper has accumulated an abundance of knowledge pertaining to the development of goaltenders from two distinct perspectives: coach and player.

Currently Karel Popper has joined the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team as the team’s volunteer goaltending coach for the 2018-19 season.
Popper was a member of the coaching staff for the Ohio State women’s hockey team during the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach and goalie coach, producing goaltenders who earned AHCA All-American and All-WCHA honors.

Most recently, Popper served as the Director of Goaltending at Total Package Hockey in Detroit, Mich where he implemented a goaltending development program for their goaltenders.  During his time at TPH, Popper was the lead mentor for goaltenders at the Detroit Center of Excellence. In addition, Popper assisted with goalie development for AAA level hockey teams in the area.

Popper has also been involved with USA Hockey as he assisted the skill expansion and development of goaltenders on a national scale. In June 2018, Popper attended the USA Hockey National Goaltending Development Summit in Plymouth, Mich., where he connected with and learned from other goalie development coaches and became educated in implementing the Goaltending Coach Development Program.

During his collegiate years, Popper played NCAA Division III hockey at Hamline University. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2016.  Popper has made his way back to Minnesota to join the MEGA coaching staff where he will facilitate the development of goaltenders throughout the Twin Cities metro area.

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Brock Kautz

Lead Instructor

Brock KautzBrock grew up playing youth and high school hockey in Rochester, Minnesota. He was involved in numerous select festivals and played AAA for the Minnesota Blades during his off-seasons of youth hockey. When he was 14 years old he was selected to attend the Warren Strelow United States National Development Goalie Camp with a select amount of goalies across the country in his birth year. Brock was also selected twice to represent Minnesota as one of two goalies to participate in National Camp in New York where he was selected as one of the top four goalies in the country for his age group.

Brock played one year of high school hockey for Rochester Century where he won Big Nine All-Conference team. After high school, he played five years in the North American Hockey League. Brock spent one year playing for the Owatonna Express, three years with the Janesville Jets, and one year with the Minnesota Wilderness. In his final season with the Wilderness he was a Robertson Cup Champion, Robertson Cup MVP, and a team captain.

After Brock’s junior career, he was offered a spot on the University of Minnesota Gophers team, where he played for four years. He graduated in the Spring of 2019 with a Sports Management degree. Brock has retired from playing hockey but is still passionate about growing and giving back to the sport he played for over 20 years.

Brock has spent the past few summers as a part time coach for MEGA and is now in a full time position. He brings a lot of experience from playing and coaching both youth and high school kids throughout his career.

Michael Hughes

Lead Instructor

Michael grew up in Oakdale. Minnesota and played his youth hockey for Tartan Area Youth Hockey Association. He then played for Tartan High School where he won All-Conference his junior season. His senior year Michael was selected to play in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League for Team Southeast. For the high school season Michael served as a team captain. Following his graduation Michael worked in the summer with goalies for Tartan High School in their Summer Development Program.

After graduating from Tartan in 2016 Michael played one season in the NA3HL splitting time with the Great Falls Americans and the Alexandria Blizzard during the 2016-2017. Michael committed to the University of Wisconsin- River Falls where he played the next three seasons and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. During his time at River Falls Michael also was the Head Coach for a U16 fall team for the Minnesota Magicians and worked with goalies locally in River Falls.

Michael has worked for MEGA part-time since his freshman year of college and has now joined the full-time staff. He is excited to continue to share his experiences gained as both a player and coach while developing athletes.

Justin Johnson-Mega Goaltending Founder

Justin Johnson

MEGA Goaltending Founder

Justin Johnson has been a hockey goaltender for over twenty years. He grew up playing in the Blaine Youth Hockey Association through High School where he set school records, participated in a State Consolation Championship, and was elected All-State Honorable Mention in 1999. After two years of competing at the junior level, Justin went on to play at the Division I level for four years with the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers where he was selected for the 2003 WCHA All-Tournament Team, and was a two-time National Champion in the years of 2002 and 2003.

Justin graduated from Minnesota in 2005 with a major in psychology and was a member of the WCHA All-Academic Team, a U of M Scholar Athlete and a three-time recipient of the Donald M. Clark Community Service Award, for his active role within the community. After graduation, Justin joined his longtime mentor Shaun Goodsell as a performance coach with Mental Edge, whose goal is to help athletes develop the life skills necessary to deal with the pressures of competition and help them climb through adversity with focus and discipline. In 2010 he combined his expertise gained through this experience and launched the Minnesota Elite Goalie Academy (MEGA)

Post graduation Justin has authored the training manual Game Day which is an interactive and completely customized preparation manual for hockey goaltenders. In addition to Game Day, Justin has contributed his expertise to numerous publications including the USA Hockey Goaltending Coaches Manual, Let’s Play Hockey, VYPE Magazine and Goalies’ World Magazine.

Justin currently serves as USA Hockey’s Minnesota District Associate Goalie Coach in Chief and is in his seventh year as the goaltending coach for the U of M Men’s program. During his tenure as a colligate coach, which includes three years at St. Cloud State University, he has coached Hobey Baker Finalist Bobby Goepfert, Patty Kazmier Finalist and Olympic Bronze Medalist Noora Raty. In addition he has coached NHL Draft Picks Jase Weslosky, Dan Dunn, Alex Kangas, Kent Patterson and Adam Wilcox. Justin’s on ice coaching experience also includes over 15 years with various camps including US National Development Camps.

Over the years Justin has developed an ability to work effectively with goalies of all ages and athletic goals. Because of Justin's highly competitive and elite athletic background and also his personal experiences overcoming adversity in his athletic career. His ability to combine expert understanding of the demands of goaltending physically and psychologically gives him the edge in working with goalies of all ages and backgrounds.

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Zach Quinn

From Westland, MI Grew up playing AA/AAA hockey in Michigan for Compuware. Played two years in the NAHL for Kenai River Brown Bears and Wenatchee Wild (2013-2015), was selected to play in the NAHL Top Prospects Showcase (2015). Committed to University of Wisconsin- River Falls, played four seasons. Selected WIAC First-Team in two seasons (2016 & 2020). Graduated with a Degree in Bachelor of Science (Double Major Criminology/Sociology). Went on two play two years of professional hockey in the SPHL and FPHL.

Worked part-time with MEGA throughout all four years of college, been playing hockey for 20+ years.

Cory Simons

Cory grew up playing youth hockey in Crystal Lake, IL. He played Varsity hockey for Prairie Ridge High School where he was selected for the Illinois All-State team Junior & Senior year before graduating in 2010. Additionally, Cory would win the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association’s award for the states best goalie his Senior year. He would later go on to play 3 years of junior hockey starting with the Rochester Ice Hawks of the MnJHL where he was selected as the leagues top goaltender. Cory would play the following 2 years in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Cory furthered his hockey career with 3 collegiate seasons split between playing for UW-Eau Claire & UW-Stout respectively, where he graduated from with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching. After college, Cory started playing professional hockey and continues to do so today while working for MEGA Goaltending as an instructor in the off-season.


Danny Fraga

Danny Fraga grew up in Plymouth, MN playing for the Wayzata youth association.  While at Wayzata, Fraga was selected to represent Minnesota at the USA national camp. He went on to play highschool at Wayzata as well where he would go on to be the starting goalie his senior year. After his highschool playing career Danny went on to play for the Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL) based out of Kenai, AK. After his junior career Danny ended up hangin the skates up.

Fraga has been a coach for 4 years now, spending time coaching various goalie camps in the summer and the Wayzata youth hockey association in the winter. This is Fraga's second year being a Goalie instructor at MEGA West.

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Certified Lead Instructors

Ryan Coyne, Maple Grove HS Goalie Coach
Claire Behlkom, Bethel University
Jude Hull, St. Olaf
Jacob Rickie, Andover
Tyler Nelson, Champlin HS Goalie Coach
David Zevnik, St. Cloud State University
Brian Leitza, St. Cloud State University
Danny Fraga, St. Louis JR Blues
Emma May, University of Minnesota
Josh Benson, Sacred Heart University

Sam Mattson, UW Eau Claire
Dean Bucholz, UW- River Falls
Adam Wilcox, Rochester Americans
Matthew Powell, New Ulm Steel
Brent Buhl, Farmington High School Goalie Coach
Sawyer Marshall, Twin City Steel
Jake Levinski, St. John's Johnnies
Packy Munson, Nottingham Panthers
Ally Frantzick, College of St. Ben’s
Manny Hertl-Bauman, Hudson Havoc