Bachman & Garteig Pair with Jr. Comet GoaltendersDec 15, 2016
The Utica Jr. Comets youth hockey organization takes a unique approach at developing young hockey players. The organization dedicates specific ice time for all goalies that play for the Utica Jr. Comets. With the help from two AHL goaltenders, a one-hour goalie session provides added teaching for the Jr. Comet goaltenders. Comet netminders Richard Bachman and Michael Garteig have begun volunteering their time on the ice to help teach the young netminders.
Goaltenders, ranging in age group from Mites to Bantams, took part in the goalie session this week that will take place again on December 19. Richard Bachman taught the older half of the group, which consisted of Peewees and Bantams, while Michael Garteig focused on the younger aged, Mites and Squirts. Both goalies utilized small groups and spent one-on-one time working with each goalie.
“They were extremely coachable and had excellent effort during the drills,” said Bachman. “It’s great to teach them key fundamentals during their practices. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience for myself, Michael and the youth hockey players.”
The young goaltenders that were on the ice with Bachman and Garteig were excited to learn from goalies that they have seen play for the Utica Comets.
Jacob Gish, a goalie for the 2004 AAA team, explained, “It’s awesome to be able to have a goalie that is playing for the Comets help us with our game. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the one on one coaching. I’m looking forward to next week!”
The Utica Jr. Comets organization is thankful for Bachman’s and Garteig’s time and effort in helping to develop these young goaltenders.