Being traded to the Plymouth Whalers was one of the greatest things for my hockey career. During my time there I was able to learn and evolve my game thanks to Stan! He was a huge part of me going from a backup to a starter. We spent hours after games going over every situation and save techniques. Seeing all the work he put in, on and off the ice, made you want to work that much harder. I can’t thank him enough for pushing me each and every day, because I know without him I wouldn’t be where I am today! A great friend, person and coach! H.A.P.
Since being introduced to Stan and Bandits in the fall of 2004, I have learned many new and innovative techniques that have changed my game. His training methods have not only simplified my style but have made me a smarter goaltender in the process.
Goaltender 3-time Stanley Cup winnerDetroit Red Wings
Stan’s philosophy and teaching methods at Bandits are exactly what most goalies need. Stan is dedicated and committed towards teaching and improving goalies. He knows the fundamentals of goal keeping as well as any goalie coach I know. Stan is a successful goalie coach, not only because he played the position at a high level, but because he also understands the position, and has a passion to teach and the skills to communicate with young goalies. He is in complete touch with today’s goal keeping and his “Points of Emphasis” are a must in learning the fundamentals of playing goal today.
Head CoachUniversity of Michigan
I met Stan and his staff when I was 12 years old at my first Bandits Goalie School summer camp. I’ve trained with them almost every summer since then. Bandits pushes you to be your best mentally and physically when you’re with them. Their instructors attention to detail is second to none and they will always remind you to have a purpose in everything you do. Stan and his staff have played a big role in helping me get to where I am at today
GoaltenderOntario Hockey League
I am tremendously impressed with Stan’s teaching ability, goaltending knowledge, and his communication skills. Stan is currently the goaltending coach for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL and I believe he has the potential to be a goaltending coach for a NHL team. I recommend Stan very highly as a goaltending instructor to goalies of all ages, mite to pro!
General ManagerDetroit Red Wings
Over the past few years of my playing career, Stan has worked with me on strong fundamentals. I learned to have better awareness in and around my end of the ice. These are just a few excellent skills that Stan has helped me develop in my career. I think Stan is a great teacher for goalies of all ages.
Goaltender 1st round pick for Dallas StarsEuropean Pro Hockey
Bandits Goalie School has taught me many integral attributes of what it takes to be a highly competitive athlete. I’ve been with Bandits since 1999 and its helped me immensely in shaping my game and giving me a foundation to help my work ethic grow. It’s not just about technique with Bandits but a lifestyle that helps myself progress as a person and athlete on and off the ice each day.
I have been working with Bandits Goalie School since 2001. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I have not only learned in game fundamentals from BGS but more importantly life skills to become the best I can be on the ice as well as an outstanding citizen off the ice. As always, HAP, and get better every day!
GoaltenderOntario Hockey League
Bandits is by far the best goalie camp that I’ve ever been apart of. The training on and off the ice is top notch. Everyday the coaches push you to make you better while having fun and competitive environment. I would recommend Bandits to any goaltender looking to raise their game to the next level.
Stan was crucial in my development throughout my four years as an Ontario Hockey League goaltender with the Plymouth Whalers. I continue to keep in contact with Stan and still attend his Bandits Goalie School summer camps in the off-season. He taught me the key components to goaltending while focusing on the little things. Stan works tirelessly at nailing down the fundamentals. He explains techniques such as total ice awareness and the importance of the mental aspects of being a goalie. I know that I would not have been drafted by the New Jersey Devils if I had not learned how to become a professional both on and off the ice with the dedicated coaching provided by Stan Matwijiw.
Goaltender - Drafted by New Jersey Devils in 2010