GSG offers professional goaltending instruction for all ages. GSG provides lessons, clinics, summer camps, and remote video coaching. Our lessons are offered both on ice and in our synthetic studio. We also offer two weeks of Summer Camp that provides a full week of goalie specific training including off ice, classroom and skating specific sessions.
In addition to our lessons and camps, we also provide Remote Coaching where goalies from around the world submit their practice and game clips. Their videos are analyzed using screen write and voice over to enhance the learning process while comparing previously submitted clips to show tendencies and improvement.
Great Saves is owned and operated by Tom Fogu. Coach Fogu holds a Master's Degree in Education and has over 24 years as a public school educator. Coach Fogu's education experience includes elementary teacher, high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of technology and currently, an assistant school business administrator. His background coaching goalies includes over 25 years of experience at various levels throughout the US and abroad. Tom's goalies have played at top High Schools, Prep Schools, prestigious Division I Universities, USA National Team, and minor/pro teams.
Tom's coaching experiences include the University of Maine, under the direction of the late Shawn Walsh, Goaltending Director for Huron Hockey Schools where he traveled throughout the US, Canada and Australia. Tom's other coaching duties have included:
- Give'Em Nothing School for Goaltenders
- GDI in partnership with the the New York Rangers
- New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club
- New Jersey Devils Quebec Team
- Western New England University
- USA Hockey District Team-Atlantic District
- Presenter for USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program
In addition, Tom/Great Saves works with several organizations and high schools throughout New Jersey.
What makes Great Saves different from the competitors is each lesson is treated like a classroom session. Great Saves goalies are not run through drills. Instead, goalies are asked questions during the lesson on situations related to the drill. A goalie may not physically be able to perform the save, however, the goalie will know what save to make as they build their physical strength towards improvement. Finally, we take pride in building a rapport with each goalie and their family to ensure the trust is built to enhance the goalie's development.