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
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.
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 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
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
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.
I’ve been working with Bandits since 2009 and my game has improved because of the staffs attention to detail in every aspect of the camps. They focuses on game situation drills that are suited for my overall style. It’s these little things that can be easily overlooked by most coaches but not Bandits. Improving all aspects of my game is my priority to play at my best day in and day out. Bandits helps me accomplish this with three simple letters, H.A.P. (Have A Purpose).
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
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
Bandits has done more for my game on the ice than anyone else could possibly do. Bandits has taught me to simplify my game, and not only have they helped me improve my skills as a goalie, they have taught me many lessons in life off the ice that you would never find in any other goalie school. Having A Purpose in everything you do as a person can only brighten your life and make you successful. Bandits Strong!!!
GoaltenderOntario Hockey League - Drafted in 2nd round by Carolina Hurricanes 2014