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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.

Contact Andrew: andrew@megagoaltending.com


noora-raty_iNoora 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.

Contact Noora: noora@megagoaltending.com


jacque-vezinaJacque Vezina

Director of Goaltender Development, South Campus

Jacque grew up and started his hockey career in Hudson, WI. In high school he was a part of a State Tournament team as well and was named 1st team All State during his Junior & Senior years.

Hockey then took Jacque to Great Falls, MT where he spent two years playing in the AWHL (which since merged with the NAHL). His team won the League Championship in 1999 and Jacque was named team MVP and league MVP. Jacque then moved on to the University of Wisconsin River Falls where he found success both on the ice and in the class room. Jacque left the University of Wisconsin River Falls holding numerous school records including 2 NCAA Tournament appearances and a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

Jacque finished his playing career in Texas with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. He competed in two seasons and was named team rookie of the year. After Jacque’s playing days concluded he stepped to the other side of the table and started coaching. He began as a volunteer assistant at Hudson High School and earned a full time position with FHIT Hockey.

He has had tremendous success over the past 7 years seeing numerous players move on to Junior A, USNDTP and the College ranks. Jacque has also worked as a goalie coach for Cedar Rapids of the USHL and is currently a goalie coach for the University of St Thomas. He will be entering into his fifth year with the Tommies and throughout this time the team has mentored one All-American Goaltender and participated in two NCAA Tournaments.

Contact Jacque: jacque@megagoaltending.com


al-fritsingerAl Fritsinger

Lead Instructor

Al grew up playing youth hockey in the Coon Rapids Hockey Association, graduating from Coon Rapids High School. Following his senior hockey season, Al was selected to represent Team Minnesota at the 1987 United States High School All-Star Invitational tournament, where Al was selected to the All-Tournament team and named the tournament MVP goaltender. Al went on to play with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers as a member of teams that won two WCHA Championships, participating in two NCAA Frozen Four tournaments.

Al has more than twenty-five years of experience as a goaltender coach and instructor with associations and hockey camps throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. This includes serving as the boys’ hockey goaltending coach at Andover High School for the past five years. Throughout years, Al has seen numerous players he has coached have the opportunity to successfully participate at the Junior A and Collegiate levels.

In addition to Al’s coaching experience, Al has nearly twenty years of business, consulting, and management experience. He has specialized in quality assurance consulting, project management, team building and mentoring, and staff management. Al uses this extensive business experience to bring life skills to the players he coaches.

Contact Al: al@megagoaltending.com


bj-obrienBJ O'Brien

Lead Instructor

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.

Contact BJ: bj@megagoaltending.com


anders-frankeAnders Franke

Lead Instructor

Anders grew up playing youth hockey in Elk River until deciding to go play AAA hockey in the winter for 4 years for the Wisconsin Fire. Anders went back to Elk River to play high school where he graduated in 2012. He was a 4 time All-Conference winner and All-Metro goalie of the year. He later went on to play juniors in Flint, Michigan, where he was named 1st team NA3HL goalie and goalie of the year in the NA3HL. Franke ended his career at Saint John’s University where he is still attending.

Anders is at Saint John’s University where he is pursuing his degree in Business and minoring in Psychology. Franke decided to hang up the skates his sophomore year to take on his role within the St. Cloud hockey community.

Along with his playing career and education Franke brings insightful knowledge to the MEGA Goaltending staff.

Anders has taken on many roles in the St. Cloud area. This past winter he became the goalie coach of the St. Cloud Bantam AA’s and St. Cloud Apollo High School. Anders has also worked with many of the youth and high school goalies of Elk River and Rogers in the summer.

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.


kent-pattersonKent Patterson

Lead Instructor

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.


justin-grantJustin Grant

Lead Instructor

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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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.

Contact Justin: justin@megagoaltending.com


Junior Instructors - North Campus

Mac Berglove, Granite City

Ryan Coyne, University of Minnesota

Aaron Furlano, Bethel University

Robbie Goor, Austin Bruins

Chase Gorman, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Brandon Jaeger, Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)

Brandon Jones, Augsburg College

Jordyn Kaufer, Augsburg College

 

Brock Kautz, University of Minnesota

Nick Lehr, University of Minnesota

Emma May, University of Minnesota

Sidney Peters, University of Minnesota

Eric Schierhorn, University of Minnesota

Nick Schmitz, Augsburg College

Adam Wilcox, Syracuse Crunch, (AHL)

Junior Instructors - South Campus

Colton Anderson, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Aaron Crandall, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Drew Fielding, University of St. Thomas

Connor Girard, Amherst University

David Gonzalez

 

John McLean, Gustavus Adolphus

Joe Morris, University of St. Thomas

Alex Okicki, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Zack Quinn, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

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