Reebok/CCM/Eli Wilson Contest Winners - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
By InGoal Magazine Staff On April 22, 2014
Congratulations to all who took part in the Reebok/CCM/Eli Wilson Goaltending contest presented by InGoal Magazine – more than 9,000 of you! Our winners have been drawn and we have heard back from each of them over the weekend.
Mitchel Palko is a midget goaltender from Waterford, ON who has been playing hockey for nine years, and the last seven in goal. His father encouraged him to spend a few years playing as a forward rather than specializing too early – something we at InGoal encourage parents of young goalies to consider.
Mitchel volunteers his time as a goaltending coach in his local association as well as playing as often as he can.
Mitchel’s father reports that, “his favourite goalie is Carey Price, not just because Price plays for the Habs, but Mitchel tries to emulate his style of using size and positioning. He’s also a fan of Martin Brodeur. Mitchel plans to continue playing at as high a level as possible for years to come as well as getting out with the younger goalies.”
He’s excited to have won his choice of the new Reebok XLT or the CCM RetroFlex gear – early reports are he’ll go with CCM having spent “hours” on the CCM Retroflex customizer already trying to decide just the right combination for his new setup.
In addition to Mitchel winning, the Waterford District Minor Hockey Association will also be big winners. They’ll be receiving three sets of Reebok/CCM youth gear, ensuring the youngest ‘keepers get off to a great start. Association President Perry DePasquale sent his thanks along over the weekend as well:
“On behalf of Waterford & District Minor Hockey Association, I congratulate Tom and Mitchel for winning, and I thank InGoal Magazine and their sponsors for the sets of equipment which our association is to receive. Receiving goalie equipment for our young players so they may experience the thrills of being a goalie without the parents added expense of the equipment. Like every other association we have to develop goalie’s and this is the best way possible, letting young players use the association’s equipment. Again, congratulations and thank you.”
One of the inspirations for giving the gear to an association was our collective desire to help as many youngsters as possible. Reebok/CCM, InGoal and Eli Wilson all made a donation to see this happen. In fact, Eli Wilson Goaltending wants to help as many as possible so they have started a foundation to support goalies who can afford camps and gear – even if they don’t attend an Eli Wilson Camp. If you know someone who could benefit, please have a look at their new program.
Second place int he contest went to Austin Johnson of Grand Forks, ND.
He’ll be receiving a pair of CCM Pro 500 goal sticks and will be attending an Eli Wilson camp in Saskatchewan this summer. Austin is in eight grade playing in the Grand Forks Youth Hockey Association as a pee wee. Like Mitchel, Austin lists Carey Price as his favourite NHL goaltender as well as Corey Crawford.
Our third place winner, Shaun Fleming, will also be attending an Eli Wilson Camp this summer. Shaun is a midget goaltender from Regina, hoping to play in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA league this season.
While the draw is completely random in any InGoal contest, we always find pulling those lucky winners’ names the toughest part of any promotion here. Just leaf through the comments and see all the great people who would benefit from the gear being given away and you can imagine how we’d love to be able to help everyone. We also see the inevitable “would love to see a girl win” pop up when we announce the winners – and we would too! But this wouldn’t be legal unless it was a random draw and the simple fact is the vast majority of entrants are male.
We did try to address our desire to help more young goalies with the gear going to the Waterford Association – we expect those three sets will help countless youngsters over the years. But hang in there folks – there will be more contests coming and one day maybe the odds will tip in your favour!
Once agin, our sincere thanks to everyone who made this fantastic contest possible:
Eli Wilson Goaltending
and of course all of us here at InGoal Magazine as well.
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Carey Price - Tuukka Rask - Eli Wilson - Monday, February 24, 2014
When you’re a teacher, nothing is more rewarding than seeing your students do great things. You are filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
That’s how Eli Wilson felt on Sunday morning, waking up to watch one of his students, Carey Price, win a gold medal in men’s hockey at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Carey has been working with Eli Wilson since 2005, the year he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens 5th overall in the first round of the NHL entry draft.
As if watching Carey backstop Team Canada to a 3-0 shutout against Sweden wasn’t sweet enough, Eli already had reason to be proud. The day before the gold medal game, one of his other students, Tuukka Rask, led Finland to a 5-0 shutout against the USA to claim the bronze medal.
Two Eli Wilson students won medals at the Olympics, both of them clinching their medal with shutout performances. That’s impressive!
What might be more impressive is that you have the opportunity to work directly with Eli Wilson this summer, the same way Carey Price has for the past nine years and Tuukka Rask has for the past eight seasons. Eli will be personally leading camps in Detroit, Denver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Edmonton, Lloydminster, and Kelowna.
While your hockey career may be a few years away from an Olympic gold or bronze medal, Eli Wilson can guarantee you two things. First, your development will take a quantum leap forward in just one week working together. Second, he will be just as proud of your future accomplishments at any level of hockey as he is of students Carey Price and Tuukka Rask.