Former Cullitons 'tender returns to teach the game
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Feb 26, 2007  |  Vote 0    0

Former Cullitons 'tender returns to teach the game

Stratford Gazette

Stratford Cullitons fans saw first hand Lance Scott's goaltending ability during their run to the Sutherland Cup in 2004.

And now, more than are few are soliciting his net knowledge to help their own burgeoning goalies.

Scott, 23, who played his lone year with the Cullitons last season, is the owner and head instructor of Goalies Inc., a relatively new goalie school that has held one clinic in Stratford already and will hold a second one this Wednesday.

"I love teaching kids," said Scott, "Yes, I get paid for it, but this is kind of my way to give back to kids. Especially in Stratford where the people gave so much to me, it's just a way for me to give back to minor hockey."

Learning the goalie camp trade from renowned instructor Steve McKeegen and his associate Terry Soper, whom he worked with during his junior days, Scott has a solid background in the basics of hockey and has amalgamated his own goaltending styles into other techniques he has learned throughout the years.

But it was more by accident than anything else that prompted the London native to become an instructor himself.

"I was out doing a clinic in Guelph and a father approached me and said 'will you come and work with my two goalies? I will pay you to come and do it.' And it kind of just evolved from there," said Scott who played two years with the Guelph Dominators before coming to Stratford.

Scott has held a number of one-day clinics both here and in his hometown, but for the first time he will hold a multi-day camp this August in Stratford. Eventually he'd like to expand to cities across Ontario. He says he's been pleased with the response he's received from the clinics he done so far.

"Every parent I've talked to has been very impressed with what went on on the ice," said Scott, whose clients include Kyle Broadhagen, the Cullitons' projected back-up for 2005-06.

Living in Guelph, where he attends university, it seems a bit odd that Scott would travel to the Festival City to hold clinics, but making the one-hour trip was a no-brainer, says Scott.

From a business standpoint, he can capitalize on the notoriety he gained while playing for the Cullitons and from a personal standpoint, it gives him an excuse to return to the city that holds his greatest hockey memories.

"It was an absolutely amazing experience," said Scott in a phone interview from his home in Guelph. "I don't think I'll ever find anything that will top it. The fans are just great; they're always there to support you. The environment was just unbelievable. The crowd was like nothing I had played in front of before. The team had probably the best chemistry I've ever seen.

"It was just something that left an impression on me and when I went to my team this year, I kind of expected it out of them and I didn't really get it. Now I realize Stratford is just one in a million and any player who gets the opportunity to play there is extremely lucky and shouldn't take the opportunity for granted."

This season, Scott played for the University of Guelph as the third-string goaltender.

Going from the starter on the best Jr. B team in the province to a benchwarmer for a club that hadn't made the playoffs in three years was a bit of an adjustment for Scott, but he says he hasn't given up his dream of playing hockey at a high level beyond university.

"I really wasn't given a good opportunity this year from what I felt, but when I was asked to come in and play I stepped up," said Scott, who is in his first year of business at Guelph. "I'm still pursuing my dream to make it to the NHL."

Whether or not a career in playing hockey ensues, Scott says he'd like to make a profession out of teaching the game because he enjoys working with kids so much.

"A lot of it with kids is just making them believe they can do it," said Scott. "Kids are always willing to learn, you just have to find a way to teach it to them.

"It definitely is rewarding,"

For more information about Goalies Inc. clinics and camps call 519-823-0652.

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