Learn more about the #1 Best Selling Author & Creator of the

Essential Core Goaltending Skills Certification Program.

With a lifetime of experience, Chris Dyson understands grassroots goaltending better than anyone on the planet.


30+ Years Experience


#1 Best Selling Author & Creator of the Essential Core Goaltending Skills Certification Program, Powered by Puckstoppers. Chris Dyson has more than 30 years of experience as a professional goaltending coach and has worked with well over 5000 students from 19 countries ranging in experience from Tyke to Pro.


Following are some incredibly powerful quotes and words of wisdom taken from the many interviews I conducted for Target Practice, 8 Mistakes That Ruin A Love Of The Game.

About Me

Chris Dyson

Author | Goaltending Consultant | Speaker | Founder & President Of Puckstoppers Goaltending Development and iCoachGoalies

Chris Dyson is a man on a mission. An advocate for the ethical advancement of children in minor sports through effective coaching and an understanding of how children learn, interact and react to difficult situations.

His book: Target Practice, 8 Mistakes That Ruin a Love of the Game has already achieved #1 Bestseller status and is recognized by many respected members of the hockey community, including global icon; Don Cherry, for helping coaches and parents better understand the position and how to coach children effectively.

He is adamant that every young goaltender should receive Essential Goaltending skills training at the grassroots level and that every team should have someone properly certified to coach the goalies.

Dyson’s goal is to positively affect the lives of 50,000 young athletes through Essential Goaltending Skills, A Certification Program, Powered by Puckstoppers. This unique online system has been developed for minor hockey organizations and coaches to help them better communicate and develop their goaltenders.

Chris has been a goaltender since the age of 13, when, in his first league game, his teammates had to push him out to the net because he could barely skate. However, the story began long before that fateful day in October 1976.

Dyson’s path has been anything but ordinary, and had he viewed the world from a ‘normal’ perspective, it certainly would have taken a different path. He was born with a congenital heart defect, and at the age of 7, he literally died many times over. He is written up in the medical journals of the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, for having nearly 100 cardiac arrests in one day. Subsequently, a pacemaker was permanently implanted to keep him alive.

The following ten years brought several more ‘incidents,’ broken and recalled pacemakers (yes, recalled), resulting in more cardiac arrests and emergency hospital visits. By some miracle, he survived, defying all odds and, even more incredibly, doing so without any residual effects.

Any medical practitioner will tell you that ONE cardiac arrest can cause brain damage, and having several is almost certain to in some permanent trauma. Yet the doctors agreed; there was no damage whatsoever.

The time in and out of hospitals kept Chris from learning to skate, yet he persevered and ignored daunting circumstances. He was determined to play the game he loved…as a goaltender.

For nearly 35 years, Chris kept his condition a secret from almost everyone. He wanted no special treatment or label. He simply wanted to play hockey and live his life as a normal person.

Now, he is sharing his story to inspire children and adults to persevere and pursue their dreams. Chris tells young athletes recovering from life-threatening situations, “If the goal is big enough and the will is strong enough, we can accomplish anything you set our mind to do, don’t let fear stop you.”

After what seemed insurmountable odds, he created Puckstoppers Goaltending Development, now one of the world’s longest-running goalie programs. He has also experienced incredible success in various businesses and industries and achieved the status of #1 Bestselling Author. He regularly speaks, writes and develops programs designed to help children face adversity head-on.

Chris attributes his success to the mindset created as a child in the hospital, fighting for his life. Perseverance and the attitude “I can do anything I put my mind to” are at the forefront of his coaching and speaking engagements.

Chris has certainly not taken a normal path to his position as a professional goaltending coach, but as you can see, he has never really done anything ‘normally.’


Chris regularly speaks to audiences worldwide on effective coaching, keeping children in the game, and the long-lasting effects a coach can have on a young athlete. Audiences of 500+ have been enthralled with his passionate presentation, philosophies and riveting commentary on hockey and minor sports in general.

Recent Locations Where Chris has Spoken:
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