With over 20 years as a full-time goaltending coach, Eli is known worldwide as one of the leading minds in goaltending coaching and development. His no nonsense approach to coaching has resonated worldwide across the goaltending community. He has worked with over 30 goaltenders in the NHL, many of them since their minor hockey days.
Eli has coached and developed over 200 WHL goaltenders. He has worked as a goaltending coach for the Ottawa Senators (NHL), Syracuse Crunch (AHL), Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL), Vancouver Giants (WHL), and now works for both the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) and the Tri-City Americans (WHL). Under Eli’s tutelage, goaltenders have gone on to win numerous prestigious awards and championships: Stanley Cups, Conn Smythe Trophies, Vezina Trophies, World Junior Gold Medals, American Hockey League (AHL) championships, AHL Playoff MVPs, WHL Goaltender of the Year, Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Goaltender of the Year, and Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Goaltender of the Year.
Today, Eli Wilson Goaltending is a world leader in goaltending development. Eli runs goaltending camps, clinics, and consults worldwide. The primary focus at Eli’s camps is to ensure that the goaltending position is taught as simply as possible by utilizing basic systems for all game situations. All drills are applied in a well thought out order to ensure maximum improvement for the goaltender. The terms used during instruction are simplistic and self-explanatory to avoid any confusion. Video analysis is used for all on ice sessions to provide instant feedback and review for the goaltenders. All aspects of Eli’s camps are of the absolute highest quality. Professional coaches, paid shooters, and dedicated off-ice trainers all make up the staff that provides the premium experience in goaltending development.
Eli is also the author of his best-selling book, Hockey Goaltending. In it, Eli shares his training methodology and provides practice drills that are now utilized by coaches at all levels of hockey.
Liam McOnie has proven himself to be an invaluable asset to the Eli Wilson Goaltending staff. He oversees all camp and business operations and has gained the reputation as one of the brightest young minds in the coaching community.
Liam brings a unique set of skills, experiences and attributes to his role. As a player he studied the position under Eli Wilson’s tutelage, and benefited from vast improvements to his game, which in turn lead to many individual and team accomplishments throughout his junior hockey career.
Liam has been a full-time coach with Eli Wilson Goaltending since 2014. He has accrued substantial and varied experience in all facets of the game.
In 2016, Liam began working with the KIJHL’s North Okanagan Knights as a goaltending coach. He quickly became an assistant coach and elevated himself to the head coaching position all the while gaining invaluable experience in team management.
In 2017 Liam was named as a goaltending consultant with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In 2021, Liam, alongside Eli, was hired to work as a goaltending consultant for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL).
Liam’s coaching experience ranges from working with beginner goaltenders and players in private sessions to running semi-private, group, and full team practices at the junior hockey level. He also coaches professional goaltenders at Eli Wilson Goaltending’s Prospects Camps as well as in private consulting sessions.
Liam’s coaching strengths include an innate ability to communicate with goaltenders at all levels, and an ability to dissect a goaltender’s game through video and on ice analysis.
Liam develops goaltenders through detailed and focused repetition and demands that his students are ready to put in the extreme hard, physical effort that is required for continuous improvement to their game.
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