*Goalie Guild operator Justin Goldman coaching with us in Minnesota.

Matt Choi
St. Louis Award Winner




*Mitch with Braden Holtby
 
Colton Gordon
St. Louis Award Winner
*Coach Wells providing feedback
 

 

My son attended your Nashville camp this summer. It was by far the most thoughtful and helpful camp he has been to. He looks forward to coming back next year. Thank you.

Kurt Hirshorn
Tampa, Florida

Congratulations on your Stanley Cup win! In March I was lucky enough to be at your game when Alex Ovechkin scored his 600th goal. My mom, dad, and brother all watched every Capitals game in the playoffs and were thrilled when they saw you with the team after the final Cup victory. You are a great coach and a great man; you certainly deserved this! As I write this I am reminiscing; I first met you in summer of 2002 when my older brother attended your Defensemen’s Camp in Cleveland Heights, OH. Then I had the opportunity to attend three of your Goalie Camps, one in Duluth, MN, one in Cincinnati, OH. and one in Nashville, TN. Finally, I was a counselor for your Goalie Camp in Cincinnati in summer 2015. When I was going through a discouraging time in high school, you sent me an e-mail and encouraged me to see it through. Well, I did, and ended up having a great high school career and then rostering for four years as a college goalie at Indiana Tech. I learned the value of hard work and perseverance. In college, I didn’t always get to play, but I always suited up and was a part of the team. I often would remember your words in my head. It meant a lot to me to earn one of your hats for the week for being the hardest worker. Mitch, you have always been an inspiration to me.

Braden Susnik
Former camper and Counselor…now all grown up

Wanted to thank you for making it possible for Luke to attend your camp in Niagara. You provide an incredible experience for the kids, I understand why your selling out in seconds! Look forward to the opportunity to come again next year.

Susan Romney
Longwood, Florida

I wanted to thank you for the instruction and encouragement that you provided all campers at Goalie camp at Niagara U. More specifically though, to thank you on behalf of my son Aaron and I. You may not remember the moment in the photo but I am certain Aaron will remember it forever as will I. You see, this was a defining moment for Aaron. A big one. Up until this point, coaches have told him he’s lazy, he doesn’t try hard enough, he doesn’t have the endurance to make the top teams. You saw him struggling and you told him it’s not his fault. You were the first coach to explain to him that his muscles need time to catch up, that his legs can’t support his body. The first time someone acknowledged his effort and accepted biology. For that I want to thank you because it has reignited a fire in him that I knew existed but had been extinguished by politics and coaches who don’t understand the trials of growing at such a rapid rate. It has crossed over into his lacrosse season where he also tends the net and just recently won provincial gold. His drive and determination are greater than ever. This I am certain, is a direct result of this moment. We really hope to return to camp again next year. Thank you.

Helecia Gross
Port Colborne, CANADA

I just wanted to say thank you for an awesome 4 years. Katherine learned so much from you and your coaches and grew as a person and a goalie over the past 4 years with you in Arlington, VA. We were a little worried about timing this year because she came to your camp right from another camp in Massachusetts. We asked her if she was sure she wanted to go. She looked at us as if we were crazy. Yes! She said. I know them all. I’m comfortable there. It’s hard work but I can do it. We will miss you with the Caps and at Kettler. We wish you all the best in your new endeavor.

Emily Donovan
Falls Church, VA

Thanks for a great camp for my Girl Goalie, Gabby! Thank you for gifting her with the Hardest worker award a well! She will cherish that T-shirt & memory forever :). You are one great coach & and even better person! I attached 2 pics for you. Good Luck with the Season! We hope to get in next year!!

Bryan, Nina & Gabby Cohen
Charlotte, NC

It has been a couple of weeks since our 1st experience at your Goalie Camp, and I wanted to let you know our (Kiran and my) thoughts. First. Thank you. It was extremely generous of you to provide this camp to the October Saves program, and I know Kiran will be contributing to October Saves again this year. Second. The camp was exceptional. All of the coaches and staff created a professional atmosphere focused on development and fun for every single camper ... in a supportive and inspirational manner. This exists in particular because of the example you give. Your energy and enthusiasm was contagious. Lastly. You continuously referred to the 'Bigger Picture' with real life messaging around trying one's best, being a good neighbor/co-goalie, not taking anything for granted, being appreciative and trying your best to achieve your dreams. All I can say is keep it up and hopefully we'll see you again next year.

Greg Bishop
Peterborough, CANADA

Thank you very much for another great camp. My son Kieran has been attending for 3 years now, and this year you gave him the "Silent But Deadly" Award. I'm forwarding you the photo, in case you'd like to see. This is the first year Kieran came home every day excited and talkative about the camp. In the past, he's just been exhausted. This year, he couldn't wait for breakaway day and described all the drills with more animation then in the past, so I knew he was really getting more out of it. Then you gave him this award, so it must have been true. I hope you continue to do the camps as long as you can, and good luck with the Islanders. The Sullivan family was sad to read that you were leaving the Caps but we understand.

Megan Sullivan
(Kieran Sullivan's nervous, stressed out, tired, goalie mom)

I have been slow sending this picture to you from St. Louis, of Alex your Mr. Compete award winner. He had a fantastic camp again this summer and I am pretty sure he hasn’t taken that hat off since you gave it to him. We really appreciate the time you put in to all of your camps, it is so meaningful that you are on the ice and in the classroom with them. I can’t tell you the number of times last year after a game when Alex and I were driving home and I would ask about a play or save, most often Alex would begin with “well I just thought about when Mitch said…” I hope the rest of your camps went just as well as St. Louis and we hope to see you there again next year! Best of luck with the Islanders, it is a huge loss for the Caps to lose both Barry Trotz and you.

Andi Robinson
Kennebunk, Maine

Congratulations again Mitch I can say it’s very sad to see you leaving the Caps but there is no better reason than to support your friends and family. I would argue that Trotz falls in to the family category!! So thank you for helping bring the Cup here to DC. I have been a Capitals fan since 1982 so it’s been a long time coming. Thank you on a personal note for your work with Maggie she is still talking about camp, you and your staff have stoked the fire in her Goalie hart!! But most important good luck in your new year and job!!! We will see you next summer.

John Cowden
Manassas, VA

I’m sure you get these kinds of messages all the time, but thank you so much for what you do. You not only helped our little goalie Ryan Ocampo, but gave me hope as well. Ryan had a rough end of his season with Junior Admirals and seemed depressed and almost unfixable. We put him in hockey because he’s so good academically that he didn’t know how to work hard. Everything was easy. Hockey is hard, goalie is harder. He worked his butt off and his grades went up! Something happened in late-January and all of a sudden, he stopped working. His grades dropped 15%. We were worried he was broken. We took him out of Junior Ads for next year and away from a specific coach we were worried about. He’s made slow improvements with a break and coaches that aren’t going to determine where he goes next season. After this week, he came home and I saw the kid I knew! Smiles, jokes, and working hard. He did 4 loads of laundry for us today! He’s excited to practice with a different team tomorrow and use what he has learned. Thanks for helping us get our “Dimples” back! So, thanks many times over!

Iris Kassem
Brookfield, Wisconsin

I would like to again thank you and your entire staff for the wonderful camp in Buffalo this past week. The camp far exceeded both Tyler’s and my expectations. Your energy and passion for the campers, hockey and the goalie position were clearly evident each day of camp. I especially liked the “life lessons and philosophies” you shared with the campers relating to respect, effort and commitment ...both on and off the ice. Goal accomplished ...Tyler did learn a great deal more to be both a smarter and better goalie! Please share this email with your entire staff. Tyler loved learning and working with everyone involved. He has never talked as much about a camp as he has with your camp ... he’s still raving about how much fun it was and how he can’t wait to go back next year, and how he can’t wait until he’s back in 3 years to be eligible for another award. His EOK award is proudly displayed and he has been wearing his “Child of the Korn” shirt since Thursday.

Gary Pritchard
North Carolina

Thank you so much for all the energy and passion you put into this camp. It was memorable! Nathan learned a lot and I can’t wait to hear him tell his dad about it. He hopes to come back next year. Thank you so much! PS, if anyone has video of him doing the flip, I’d love to see it! Crazy. The important thing is he did make some new friends and learned more about being a goalie.

Suzy, Petr and Nathan Hornik
Lemont, Illinois

I had a great experience last week at camp in Connecticut. I learned more in 4 days than I have the whole year. Every time I step on the ice, I will remember to track down and bring my body to the puck. I love your sense of humor and hope to attend next year.

Max Gershowitz
Melville, NY

I can’t tell you how thrilled Nicholas was with your camp he worked really hard and loved every minute. As you requested I’ve attached two pictures of Nicholas one with you and his Charlie Capalbo award and one with Charlie. Thank you so much for a wonderful week, we are already planning for next year.

Christopher Mele
Mohegan Lake, NY

Hi Coach Mitch, thank you for a wonderful experience these past few days. Our son, Joseph, said that he learned so much, had fun and wants to return next year! I was impressed with all of the staff, program and the tight ship you run. I especially admire how you care about these kids. Thanks again.

Anne Weedo
Bloomfield, NJ

A belated thanks for St. Louis. What an experience for both of us. Logistically, your orchestra was beautiful — smooth, professional, highest quality staffers. You taught my son about the nuances and details of a very technical position. Practically, you held the campers to the highest standards of excellence which will serve them well both on and off the ice. While it may be a slight exaggeration, my son learned more in four days than in a year of school! From my personal vantage point, you reinforced that deep knowledge, adherence to a process and setting a high bar for performance always yields results. Both Luke and I are looking forward to next year.

Julie O’Neil
Darien, CT

I just want to send you a quick thank you for a great 4 days. I can see Camden getting better on a daily basis. He loves the technical aspect of being a goalie and has really found his purpose in hockey. This all started for him at last years’ camp and it continues to show each time I see him on the ice. This upcoming season will be his first hockey season as a fulltime goalie. He is so excited for this opportunity and I can't thank you enough for instilling his confidence in the position.

Andrew Backen
Cincinnati, Ohio

Thank you so much. Your camp is far and away the best goalie camp in the world. Your staff in second to none and were great with me. My dad and I drove from Long Island to Cincinnati. We were expecting a good camp and but it exceeded our expectations beyond belief. Never have I heard my dad brag and go on and on about one coach or clinic but after yours he told everyone about how great your camp was. You said we would leave much smarter and much better and that was true. It was only one ice session and I felt a major improvement. Most of all you are the funniest coach in the world! Never have I laughed so hard while playing hockey!! Your presence and instruction has made me a much better goalie and I just wanted to thank you for everything.

Matthew Mantone
Long Island, New York

I would like to thank you for the amazing and insightful experience I had while at your camp in Northford, CT. I have never been to a camp that has opened my eyes and challenged my body quite like yours did. The ideas and concepts you talked about made me realize that goaltending is a much deeper and complex position than I had even imagined. The idea of Head Trajectory has really made me think about the way I skate around the crease, track the puck, and play the position as a whole. Not overreacting on easily handle-able wrist shots and simply shifting so I am able to be square to the puck has eliminated a problem in my game that has been plaguing me for some time. Also, being a small goalie (only 5'7"), you taught me how to play bigger than I am, using every inch of my body to provide as little space as possible for the puck to go in. In the past year or so, it has become clear to me that goaltending is something that I want to be in my life as I grow older. I have also realized that the only way I would be able to become proficient at this position and have a chance to play higher levels is that I would have to work and compete to become the best goaltender that I can possibly be. I realize that I have to become quicker, smarter, and more mentally sound then any of the taller goalies if I want to be successful. But it was with your camp that has gotten me much closer to my goal. There aren't many people like you, who (especially with all of the success you have seen working in the NHL with some of the best goalies to play the game) spend their time planning camps to share the knowledge you have learned over the years with aspiring young goalies like me, and do so many of these camps over the course of the summer for so many years. And for that I am extremely appreciative and thankful. It was an honor to even talk to you about the position, let alone actually work with you on the ice. Thank you for this memorable experience, and I hope I can come back next year to work hard and become even better.

Adam Bloodgood
New Jersey

First off, I'd like to thank you for giving Jonathan an opportunity to work with you and your team. He has been all smiles and you guys have made him feel like family. Both Anthony and Thomys had an amazing time and have learned so much. They are all begging to come back next year. I have met with many goalie coaches and by far the way you run your camp is the best. Your control, presence and style make it so unique. Your years of experience show in every minute you are on the ice. Thank you for everything..

Daniel Pyke
Quebec, Cananda

My grandson attended the Nashville Defense Camp. I will say this is the BEST, MOST PROFESSIONAL CAMP EVER. Thank you.

Doug Thompson
Franklin, TN

Attached is a pic with Alex and yourself with the Korn Camp hat he was awarded for "Most Determined Hardworking Goaltender" in Cincinnati. This award could not have come at a better time. Prior to camp, Alex had lost his confidence. As we drove to the rink on first morning of camp, the car was filled with more much self-doubt and nerves. The drive back to the hotel that night was a welcomed change. Alex was back along with his confidence and swagger. He excitedly talked about all the drills, friends he made, regularly questioning if we saw this save or that move or Mitch said this! His love of hockey, the love of goaltending had been there all along. With the support of you and your awesome staff, he regained more of that lost confidence each day. Thanks again to you and your amazing staff in Cincinnati for giving your much deserved off time back to the kids. We know at least I goalie that will be forever grateful! Hope to see you again next June!

Michele, Fred & Alex Mitchell
Mt. Pleasant, PA

I just have to drop you a note. As a teacher, I must say that your command of your classroom is simply amazing! On ice, to keep 40+ students plus counselors and staff organized and on point is truly a skill that is not often seen. Over the last 12 years we have been to many goalie camps…and yours is by far the tops! Your attention to the detail with every station, every student and the duties of all those that work with you is incredible. Thank you for the amount of your time that you must dedicate to make this amazing program run and to bring it to our kids. I do have one request. Do you have your opening camp speech recorded somewhere and if it is, may I use it? I would love to show that in my classroom at the start of the school year. That speech is more than just Hockey, it is about life and the choices they will make every day. Thank you again.

Sheri Carter
Iowa

Thank you for all you do. I have been a coach for both football and hockey for over 20 years. I have worked with many coaches and at many camps where the coach "runs the camp" in name only. You are on the ice with the kids, giving them high fives, encouraging them to improve but more importantly teaching. You are also in the classroom giving instruction. You are readily accessible to the kids and it is really appreciated. My son really enjoyed the camp and says he learned different approaches and techniques that will help him improve. I have attached the photo of you and Tyrus. Thank you again for all that you do for the kids and the game of hockey.

Anthony Pratley
Hollywood, Maryland

We were on the waitlist and were so fortunate to get your call to add Taylor to the DC/Kettler camp. She had an amazing experience this week, talked the whole way home about everything she learned. We are already planning for next summers’ camp! Thank you!

Jennifer Wilkerson
Bristow, VA

I wanted to send a big thank you for the camp experience provided to Caleb. Caleb is so excited about his award! He was very proud, as we were. As a dad, I wanted to thank you for your words at the end to the boys, it meant a lot to hear a coach “get it” – the real reason we do this silly thing called hockey – it certainly is about more than chasing a rubber disc on some frozen water. Lots of future leaders are in your camp. Again, it is appreciated, and an experience he won’t forget.

Joe Shuker
Stoney Creek, Canada

On behalf of Noah we wanted to thank you for a wonderful camp experience. Noah is still talking about what he learned and his hope to come back next year. Thank you for taking the time to teach and encourage these young campers. The program was one he won't forget, full of important goalie skills as well as positive life-choice messages. Thank you again.

Catherine, Jim & Noah Kerr Guelph
Ontario, Canada

Just wanted to say thanks, not only for a great week at camp as usual, but thank you for everything over many years!! Your loyalty to your Goalie Guys is un-matched and because of that you have given me the opportunity to share something with my son Ryan that we both really enjoy! The goalie portion is only a small part of why us “first generation goalie campers and coaches” (yes, 30 years ago) insist on introducing our children to what you do.

Jim Kaska
Buffalo, NY

Nick and our family would like to Thank You for the opportunity to learn and train this week. We are very grateful to be at this camp and appreciate you sharing the knowledge and love of the game with the young goalies. Nick is beyond excited to receive the award. He even started reading the book that he received in the car and I will make sure he will finish reading it. Have a great end of the summer and wonderful hockey season ahead!

Nick and the rest of the Barkhimer Family
Sylvania, Ohio

I thank you for everything and for the opportunity to be part of your hockey camp. It really is a fun time and a great learning experience for all of us. The kids love your camps. Nothing beats the smiles on their faces. Thank you so much again for everything, Mitch.

Vin Merante
Buffalo, NY

Let me just say that I think the camp was terrific, and simply the best run youth sports camp, clinic, tryout, practice, you name it, I have ever seen. Helena had a great time despite being pushed harder than she ever has, and I know she (and I) learned a lot. Full credit to you and the other coaches. Hopefully we'll be able to nab a spot for her to return next year!

Steve Cerutti
Harrisburg, PA

I'm sure you hear this a lot, but I wanted to tell you that my son Drew learned more in four days at your camp then he did all last year playing travel hockey. See you next year.

Todd Stratton
Nashville, TN

We had to get on the road for a long drive on Tuesday so I didn’t get a chance to personally thank you…so…Thank You! Payton couldn’t stop talking about the camp each night, that is until he finally passed out from exhaustion. He hopefully will retain a lot of what you taught him and become a better goalie as a result. Seeing all the great goalies out there, made him realize even more, that he has to push himself a little harder each time he practices and competes. I can’t wait to see him use the skills you taught him.

Matt Mancuso
Goodview, Minnesota

Korn Camp days 3 and 4 - Andrew no longer hates any of the stations and said the ones that he didn't like earlier in the week were the most helpful because they were the hardest for him (pushes and glides and shimmies while holding a 10lb. medicine ball). I love this kid and how much he pushed himself this week. He's already excited for next year. Thanks, Mitch Korn and the rest of the coaching staff for an amazing week.

Karey Johnson
Sandy, Utah

I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the camp. Zach has never done a camp where he was taught at every station. I was amazed at how well the camp ran and how you were able to get the campers to work at each station without a bunch of standing around. The classroom was very impressive as well. He actually came out of each session and told me things that he learned. We first met you a few years ago when you came to talk to the Jr. Everblades. He really enjoyed the presentation then and loved the knowledge he learned at camp even more. I can't thank you enough for what you taught him these past four days.

Chris Menard
Naples, FL

Just a quick Thank You! My son, Cole Butler had a fantastic camp experience in Nashville and that was only made possible by your kindness of letting me know when registration would go live. I went in to work late that day so I could be sitting at my computer at 8am to get him in. We initially tried for DC and it had already filled so I frantically opted for Nashville. How awesome to be in Nashville during the Stanley Cup! It was an experience he will never forget. Thanks again and see you next year (hopefully!).

Stacy Goldsholl
Oak Ridge, North Carolina

Today we finished my son, Devin's, second year of your camp. It's what he asked (the whole family) for two years running for his birthday present. I was curious as to whether he'd love it as much the second year. No, he didn't love it as much ... he loved it even more! And that was despite not having won that Ear of Korn. He's winning that next year; you heard it here first. Thank you and your staff for giving him such joy this past week.

Nicole Phillips
Brentwood, TN

My son Avery attended your Buffalo camp this summer. It was an amazing and eye opening experience for him. Thank you.

Tawnya Bernardi
Barrie, Ontario Canada

I wanted to wait until you were done with camps to say "Thank You" for the job that you did in Niagara. This was one of the best camp experiences, in terms of coaching and organization, that we have been to. As an educator I appreciated the way that each drill and session built upon the previous one in order to help the goalies develop each technique. This was fantastic! Your staff was excellent and patient with the kids, and even the parents. I asked Holden at the end of camp what he thought, because I know that he got called out a couple of times, and he really enjoyed it. He understood what for and why he got called out each time which will help him grow. I think that it was especially good for myself not to be involved and to just sit back and to watch him with the others. This gave me a lot of information about him especially his lack of focus - we are going to work on this :) Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks again and take care.

Kyle Bates
Buffalo, NY.

Just a quick note of thanks for the time and energy that you and your guys put into these camps. Nate is now a vet of his 4th camp with you at the old age of 12, but I got to see it firsthand this year. Your message and direct delivery reinforces everything I hope he gains from hockey. Be prepared, be ready to work, take criticism, integrate into a team, be responsible, be appreciative, I can go on and on. You certainly don't need to hear it from me but what you do for the kids that listen, that get it, and Nate does is something that will have meaning for them their whole life. Thanks again and hope the best for you.

Bo Glenn
North Carolina

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for an amazing camp experience for our son Calvin! He had such a great time and loved every second. He is already talking about when he comes back next year and I think he will be applying to be a camp counselor as soon as he is old enough. I had heard wonderful things about you and your camp, but my expectations were far exceeded. Not only was I thoroughly impressed with the goalie portion of the camp, but I also blown away with the other aspects. I loved the messages you sent through to the kids to be kind, do the right thing, thank their parents, trust your gut, respect your defensemen, not lose your composure, and so much more. Everyone was awesome and we are just so thrilled we came out to St. Louis early so he could do the camp. Calvin has never gotten the chance to experience the brotherhood of "goalies" and it was a great experience for him…plus he thinks you are the funniest person alive… so there is that too... Good luck tonight & we look forward to next year!

Renee & Nick Vachon
Los Angeles, California

Thank you very much for giving Justin the most improved player award at this year's Northford, Ct. camp. We thoroughly enjoyed your program including our 11 year old daughter who gladly gave up sightseeing to come to the rink and listen to your drills. Great luck.

Chau Cheng
New Jersey

We just completed the Buffalo Korn camp, my first Korn Camp since the early 90's, and it was truly a great experience! I cannot thank YOU and Justin Goldman enough for the Goalie Guild Mentorship Scholarship. The program was fast paced, full of innovative drills, and insightful classroom discussions. I'll be taking what I learned from this week and immediately passing it on to my youth goalies at my organization, which is truly priceless! In addition, I met a great group of coaches, they were welcoming from the minute I got there and made me feel like this was not my first camp with them but my tenth! Once again thank you, keep up the great work, and I look forward to the next time we meet!

Jim Graham
Buffalo, NY.

I thought I would wait until all camps were done before I emailed you. I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to mentor in Northford. If I am 1/2 as good as you one day, then I will be twice as good as anyone else. Thanks again.

Jeff Taylor
London, Ontario Canada

Wow, what an amazing program! Last Mitch Korn camp of the summer... We are so grateful for the friendships we have made through hockey: Mindy Parmentier-Allison and her son Troy came down to be a shooter. Troy learned a ton but will never 'truly' be in the mind of a goalie. So grateful to Mitch and his amazing selfless coaches and staff (& although we miss Sam Mignoli he is alive in our hearts on the ice forever). Thank you Mitch!!! You are the very, very best!

Lorna Basse
Northern Virginia

Another great week of Korn Camp in the books. Thank you to all of the awesome coaches and counselors...Dylan worked hard and had a blast! We couldn't have asked for more.

Michelle Brennan Stefan
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

I have say thank you for to my friends for recommending the Mitch Korn Goalie Camp to us. The challenges, the experiences and the knowledge these kids intake in these 4 days is definitely amazing. Greatest goalie camp there is!

Jennifer Gerichten Burkshot
New Jersey

6 years with Mitch Korn at his program and every year it gets better! Thanks for an awesome camp! Sad I am missing the last day tomorrow. Thanks to all the coaches for being so great with the boys. #childrenofthekorn

Jeana Schauer Inzirillo
Long Island, NY

What a fun program, and I learned so much. Definitely looking forward to getting back to work this fall. Thanks again Mitch for the opportunity and everything along with it. Thanks also to the staff for making me feel like I was a part of the group. Everyone was just amazing this week. And finally, the kids. The real reason I do this stuff. Absolutely amazing group of kids, that were a total blast to be around and work with. Your structure brought out the best in them.

Bret Carpenter
Toldeo, Ohio

I enjoyed your camp immensely! I liked how you were able to think outside the box and create new coaching methods. I really enjoyed the ways you were able to incorporate off ice training to the ice. My favorite part of this was the medicine ball. The reason why I liked this was because it showed me how I am able to practice with anything and there are no excuses. I also enjoyed this exercise because it was physically demanding and works on areas that we cannot work that hard usually. Also the classroom and all the little aspects showed me almost double of what I had known about goaltending. For example, when you go to the post in either post knee up or reverse VH, I had not known that the foot positioning affected the play that much. I really enjoyed your camp and thank you so much for being there in person and enhancing my play.

Remi DeSmith
Torrington, CT

I just wanted to write you a quick note from Aleksei and I and say a HUGE Thank You for your time and teaching in the Cincinnati Camp. Our goal next year is to make both DC and Cinci. Aleksei enjoyed the camp so much, the lectures and the on ice training has been not just very educational but also so much fun. He woke me up every morning waaayyy ahead of time to make sure he was on time and ready to go. Never seen my son with so much drive. He has been so lucky to work with Scott Murray the last 2 years and now you, " the icing on the cake". In the 4 days of interaction with you Aleksei has gain more motivation to work harder than I have ever seen. I cannot wait to see what the upcoming season brings.

Oxana and Alekesi
Hershey, PA

We wanted to thank you so much for the amazing camp this week in Cincinnati! Aaron had the time of his life and learned so much from you and all of the excellent coaches. In fact, he said he would like to take this camp all summer, if he could! We appreciate all you and the coaches did to make this an unforgettable learning experience for him! Thank you.

Bruce & Christy Sibert
Liberty Township, Ohio

You won't find better instructors ANYWHERE! NOT because of their hockey knowledge (which is unparalleled), but because they CARE. Thank you, Mitch, for hiring goalie coaches with heart. It makes all the difference in the world!

Michelle Shuler
Indiana

One of the best weeks of Michael's life. He is still smiling. Cannot wait to get on the ice and show his team what he learned. Thanks again Mitch Korn, John, Justin and Sam for an incredible experience.

David Rosenthal
North Brunswick, NJ

Mitch, wanted to let you know that my daughter's goalie Matt Brown who went to your camp this summer stood on his head yesterday in our first game of the season and was the star of the game. His dad said that your camp made a huge difference!! Hope all is well.

George Jordan.
Alumni camper and coach, Ct.

I wanted to write a quick thank you for the goalie camp at Kettler at the end of July.  I am the adult goalie who had to go back to work unexpectedly and missed the last day.  I learned a huge amount and am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you and your assistants.  In particular Scott was very helpful.  All the training aids were very valuable, as you know.  The involvement of the Capitol’s staff and players were a great extra bonus for a caps fan like me.   Thank you again.

Thomas Andrews
Northern Virginia

Thanks again to you and your staff for such a great week.  JP had a blast and learned so much.  He hasn't stopped talking about the camp and I can barely get him to take his Korn Camp shirt and hat off!  By the way.....it looks as though I am getting transferred up by the DC area.  Will you be doing any clinics or camps in that area now?

Leon Kirkpatrick
Cincinnati Camp via Georgia

Hi Mitch, My son and I attended your Cincinnati camp this past June and had a great experience, Elijah met a lot of kids which he got to know and he had ton of fun with his new friends. What he gained from you and your team of helpers was invaluable and has already made a great impact on his game. We started practicing for the upcoming season in mid-July and he has been incorporating all that he has learned. He can’t wait to attend your camps next year and is looking forward to seeing you again for more insight and fun. We hope to share some good news with you on how this season goes next time we see you. Good luck on your upcoming season with Washington, and we will be back.

Elijah and Frank Grant
Sarnia, Ontario

We wanted to follow up to thank you for running a terrific camp in Duluth.  Sam absolutely loved the camp.  We will look forward to learning the dates for next year and putting it on our calendar.  Our family made a nice vacation of it in Duluth and we plan to do so again.  While impressed by the stations we observed by watching, we were most impressed by your remarks in the opening and closing sessions as well as the staff you assembled.  You did a nice job in the opening session of connecting with the kids, highlighting the importance of always doing their best, and setting the stage for them to respect each other and work hard.  We both greatly appreciated the message in the closing session about encouraging the goalies to do well in school, do the right thing, and be good people.  Solid life advice!  Thanks again for running a wonderful camp. We look forward to it next year!

Greg and Stacy Schumacher
Minnesota

Thank you so much for an amazing 4 days for our girl, Katherine.  She came home exhausted and smiling every single day and she learned so much at your camp.  She made awesome new friends too and the girls are already talking about making sure they go to the same camp next year.  

Katherine will be playing for the Washington Pride in Rockville this year and she said that she feels better about the upcoming season after working with you and your coaches this past week.  We will be rooting for the CAPS again this year and we'll keep an eye out for you at Kettler.

Emily and Mike Donovan
Falls Church, VA

As always … you, your camp and the counselors did not underwhelm. The Niagara Camp was awesome. We look forward to next year’s camp already. We very much appreciate you sharing your time and wealth of knowledge. You teach so much more than the position — life skills, pride and accountability. You are what makes this sport great. Thanks again,

Kevin Beals
Michigan

Mitch, you've helped us greatly in so many aspects. Ciriaca’s goalie skills are fantastic due to you and your camps. As an athlete and Sports Instructor myself, watching the Time, Passion, Goalie skills and Life skills you bring to each camp is amazing. Thank you for everything!!  You're truly a blessing to the Children of the Korn. 

Sandy Petitto
Virginia

We want to send a heartfelt “Thank You”.  This year was Michael's fifth camp, in five different places, with you and your team, and it was again an amazing experience for him. Thank you again for not only teaching him goaltending, but reinforcing the important things like respect, responsibility and hard work.  Too many amazing memories and funny stories to recount, but know that we (even our 3 year old!) often quote you through the year ("figure it out"!), and Michael draws on his yearly dose of Korn throughout the season.

We hope you enjoy the attached photo collage - yes, Michael has apparently grown, but you seem to have discovered the Fountain of Youth there in Florida; how else to explain the fact that you haven't changed over those six years? Maybe that means we can count on you to always hold these camps? We have a 3 year old and 1 year old after all. I suppose at the very least we still need to go to Minnesota and St Louis camps before either you or Michael retire. Thank you sincerely.

David, Jennifer, Michael, Addison and Kaitlyn Moore  
Waxhaw, NC

I wanted to thank you for all your hard work and consideration that, clearly seen by observers, goes into your camp. John has learned a new goalie philosophy and mentality that will serve him well in the net this coming season!  You certainly are a teacher, teaching not only hockey, but important life skills, respect for others, listening and eye contact when spoken to, doing your very best, the ability to push yourself, and possibly laugh at yourself at the same time! Each goalie goes home being a stronger goalie.  I know John did!  We look forward to coming back next year and gaining even more out of the sessions!  Much appreciation to you.

Michelle and John Purdy
Newburgh Camp

Overcoming an extensive bone graft surgery Misha Saratovtsev won Mitch Korn's most improved award. When asked how he did it, Misha's response was, "Mitch is the best coach in the world".  Thank you for everything you do!

Vadim and Misha
Pensacola, Fla
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We just wanted to send a thank you for the camp you did at Niagara.  This was our son's first goalie camp and you and your staff exceeded our expectations.  Not only did you teach them the skills they need as a goalie but the life lessons you talked to the kids about were very important to us as parents.  

Our son had a busy schedule that week as he is the catcher on his baseball team.  We ran from camp to Lockport and made it to his games with minutes to spare.  I wanted to share a play with you that caused quite a roar of applause and the parents commenting about the goalie camp he just attended.  Typically, Joel is the only catcher on his team. Two of our regular pitches weren't able to make last game so Joel was asked to pitch.  He had 2 great innings and his team won but the play that left everyone roaring with applause was when a line drive came low to Joel's glove side.  Without hesitation, he reacted and grabbed that ball like nothing.  All the parents turned to me and said how beneficial that goalie camp was and we couldn't agree more.  Thank you, again, for what you do and how you do it.  

Larry and Kiersten Ryndak
Lockport, NY

Attached is a photo of you and Cooper from the July Buffalo Korn Camp.  Coop said that is was the hardest camp he has been to but he had a great time.  He is looking forward to next year’s camp..

Brian Rautenstrauch
West Seneca, NY

My father said he ran into you, and the children of the Korn this summer in Northford.  Good to hear those youngsters are having the same, or better, experience I had some many years ago! Even though I never made it to the show, the lessons I learned from your camps and a little tough love, has helped me get where I am today. Thank you!  Good luck to you and 'tenders as the NHL season approaches!  Regards…

Alden Reed
Ct
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I would like to thank you and your staff for an amazing 4 days. The amount of time and effort put forth to make this camp what it is has not gone unnoticed. Speaking on my son's behalf he said he learned a lot and really enjoyed himself.  It was quite an honor to have Ethan receive the goalie of the week award. Looking forward to seeing you next year. All the best.

Karen Bourdos
Richmond Hill, Canada

I am very proud of my son Ryan for working very hard at Korn Camp, and for being recognized by the BEST goalie coach in the game as the hardest working kid at camp.  Thanks Mitch.

Paul Thomas
Northford Camp

Our son, Sam, began to participate in Coach Mitch Korn's goalie camp four years ago. Sam was the youngest goalie in this camp. To be honest with you I was a little uneasy with him being the youngest. Coach Korn gave me a firm lecture before the camp even began. "Sam has to do everything on his own. You can't help him. He is no longer a momma's boy here." I heard his words and remained in the stands. Sam was the fourth goalie ready to go and on the ice. I was relieved.  I remained at the arena each day of camp. I was impressed by the different stations to learn and improve different skills. I would hear Coach telling these goalies, "If the puck goes in, get up and start again. And my very favorite one, "Never blame your teammates for a puck that goes past you."  He emphasized the
importance of being respectful, responsible and independent.  And his biggest lesson of all is to have fun.

The things Coach Korn teaches these goalies and defenseman are lessons the can be used on and off the ice. I know this to be true. You see, when my son was ten years old and one of his surgeons comes to tell us that Sam has cancer -- Sam's second sentence to all of us was, "We've got this." It was his "game on" look. I believe his mental strength and positive attitude has been reinforced by all of his great coaches, especially Coach Korn.  Thank you for all that you do Coach Korn. Our family adores you.

Nicole Anderson
Hermantown, MN

Thank you for a memorable camp in Duluth, Nathan had a blast. As you obviously observed he loves playing the game, and being challenged.  You, the camp and your staff did just that. He just played a tournament last weekend did great, probably the best he has ever played. It was awesome to see great results. We had to dehydrate the Ear of Korn and will be making a plaque with the photo and corn, a memorable trophy. Keep him on your radar, and I'm sure we will see you again next summer. Thank you again.

Jill and Nathan Pitek
Duluth, MN Camp

Hey coach Korn, it's Erris. I just wanted to send this to you to say thank you once again for an awesome 4 days at your goalie camp in Nashville. Each and every day was hard work and I can honestly say I learned a ton from who I believe to be the best goalie instructor on the planet and I pushed myself harder than I think I ever have before. Over a year ago when I got my first set of gear and I knew I wanted to attend your camp. With all the guys you worked with, including my inspiration and the reason I wear number 31 Grant Fuhr, I knew it was a camp I had to be at.  Coach your camp taught me even more to expand my skills. I hope to attend your camp many more times. You're hilarious and an excellent coach. Thank you for pushing me and believing in me and selecting me for an award I never thought I would even be nominated for. THANK YOU!!

Erris Brown
Atlanta, GA

Damien did Mitch's camp last summer in Newburgh, NY and had a blast!  He is already signed up for Newburgh again this year. Damien learned so much at the camp that I wouldn't even think of trying a different one now.  He did Pro Ambitions goalie camp in Howell the year before and it's not even close to what Mitch does with the kids.  Mitch is always on the ice during the on ice parts, and the kids are always moving and learning.  There are many other good coaches on the ice with Mitch, like Terry, always correcting and encouraging the goalies.  Very professionally run.  But, the best thing about Mitch is that he is really caring and focused on developing the kids as goalies and as good people.  He does this in a way that is tons of fun for the kids, and for the parents that hang around watching.  If Mitch wasn't a goalie coach he would be a stand-up comedian.  The kids worked hard, but were always smiling.  I also like that Terry has worked with Mitch, because that's what gets reinforced at Terry's clinic.  If anyone has any doubts about Mitch's camp, I highly recommend it!

Linda Strollo
New Jersey

Thank you for sharing your passion, instilling a hard-work ethic and inspiring all to be the best they can be in everything they do!  Korn Camp exceeded my expectations.  I was impressed with the one on one instruction, the variety of drills and the results!  WOW, what you do is truly amazing…thank you!    Your energy...your enthusiasm...your efficiency....your staff...are AWESOME!   We wish you all the best in upcoming "changes" and look forward to seeing you at camp in Nashville in years to come!

Kim, Eric & Tyler "Smiley" Welch
Smyrna, TN

I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the camp at Niagara University.  Your camp is the simply the best there is!  Scott and I enjoyed ourselves very much.  You have such a positive impact on Scott.  You push him to learn and improve not only as a goaltender but as a person.  I truly appreciate that.  The passion and enthusiasm that you bring every day is a special thing.  The kids are very fortunate to have a mentor like you.  Scott told me that he was so lucky to go to your camp over the past 4 years and that he is so thankful for your efforts that bring excitement every day!  Thank you for the goalie instruction but your efforts in teaching the kids how to be good people is simply awesome. Best of luck with your transition to the Capitals.  They are lucky to have you.

Mitch Perry
Huntsville, Ontario

Thanks again to you and your staff for such a great week.  JP had a blast and learned so much.  He hasn't stopped talking about the camp and I can barely get him to take his Korn Camp shirt and hat off!  By the way.....it looks as though I am getting transferred up by the DC area.  Will you be doing any clinics or camps in that area now?

Leon Kirkpatrick
Cincinnati Camp via Georgia

Just a quick note to thank you for such a wonderful camp experience for my son last week in Nashville. It was far and away the best training of any kind my son has had the opportunity to be involved in. Your “messages” to the kids were as valuable for them to hear as the ice instruction and have already made a substantial impression on my son Zack Buzek.  A hearty congratulations and continued success to you on your new post with the Capitals.  I was the father who meandered too close to the glass to watch my son but found my appropriate spot in the stands.

Todd and Zack Buzek
Atlanta, Georgia

You've had a great influence on so many young and old tenders over the years, including myself. Thank you. Good luck with the Caps!!

Tom Askey
Buffalo, NY
Former Pro Goalie

There are no better stories or lessons provided than those Mitch provides. My son is both a better goalie and a better person for knowing Mitch

Paul McElhenny
Hastings, PA

You know that you have made a difference in lives of many, not only by improving their game, but in improving their self confidence and hockey awareness, You have made invaluable contributions to the goalie position and to hockey. At birthday time we often reflect on our life, so please know you not only have done well, you have done it with humor, selfless giving, brilliance and for the love of the game.

Tracy McFarland Smith
Murfreesboro, TN

I'm thinking you have ESP along with your other talents!   I was just thinking about shooting you a note.  Life is funny sometimes. We are immeasurably grateful for your friendship and mentoring of Matthew.  I want you to know how much Matthew respects and admires you.  Your follow up means the world to him and us as well.  How is your new position in DC?  Hope all is going very well. Thanks again.

Leslie Gramstrup
Duluth, MN

Here is the pic of Noah receiving the Ear of Korn award. Thank you!!  He won't stop staring at it in the hotel.  Just wanted to again say THANK YOU for this unbelievable experience for him. His tool box grew dramatically and he has developed so much just in these past 4 days. Can't wait to see you next year and maybe we can connect at an NHL game this season. Take care!

Brent Schacht
Toledo, OH

After Sam spent some time at your camp last year in Duluth, we came home to Milwaukee raving about what a fantastic camp it was. We couldn't stop talking about it to the other goalie parents in the area.  This summer, both Jason Cooke and Nick Ahlers are currently at your camp in Buffalo and from what I'm hearing, they're having a great time. They and their families are equally as impressed as we have been and are thrilled with the quality and creativity of the camp.  So, I just wanted to say thank you for consistently delivering an outstanding experience for our kids. Your staff is top-notch, the attention to detail is second-to-none and it is special to know that the kids are learning a lot about self-respect and accountability. I am usually reluctant to recommend programs to people, but your camp is the one recommendation I make without hesitation. Thanks for making me look good!

Genina Berger
Duluth '13, St Louis '14, Nashville '15

Mitch, it's Zac Zehnder from your Nashville Camp and I just can't even tell you how much I have improved in the 3 years of your camp. Nashville is going to miss you and I know Pekka will too. Good luck in DC…you're a great coach!  Thanks again for a great camp. Xander had a great time and learned a lot.  We asked him a couple of days later what he like best about the camp and he said “Mitch doesn’t take crap.”    As parents, your balance of fun, expectations, discipline, and instruction is very refreshing.  You give no pause or acceptance for not trying or doing it right.  Thank you!!

Xander's Dad
Nashville Camp

Thanks for a SUPER goalie & defenseman camp. This is my boys' 2nd year & they have been talking about all the new stuff they learned this year. Your knowledge, enthusiasm & "yuks" make them want to come back again next year!  I can't wait to see them use all they learned in the coming hockey season. Thanks again!  

Ann DeWitt
Dubuque, IA

I don't know if you remember me but I went to your Nashville camp this summer. My name is Justin Salazar. You came up to me mid camp and told me I had a lot of skill but I lacked work ethic. Well, I wanted to say thanks for that. It really helped me to work very hard every second after you said that. I went on this season to go 33-1 with a GAA below 1.8 and save percentage above 91% and a runner-up finish at nationals. I owe a lot to you.

Justin Salazar
Moneka, IL

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for an incredible camp experience for Cooper.  Because the camp is so organized and well-run, you and the staff are able to maximize the time spent actually LEARNING and honing the goalies' skills rather than wasting time on unnecessary 'time-filler' activities.   Every single minute of the camp was jam packed with useful information.  He learned more in the four days of your camp than he has in the last two seasons of hockey.  We were thrilled with this experience...it was worth every penny spent.    We will be back again next year!  Thanks again!

Stephane, Mark and Cooper VanderMeulen
Omaha, Nebraska.

Thank you so much for an amazing experience at goalie camp.  I learned so much about my responsibility as a goalie, and lots of great skills!  Some of the drills tested my physical and mental toughness, but I DID IT!  I am super excited to go back next summer!   It was the best four days of my summer and i was bummed when it ended! I am very grateful to you and everyone who taught me so much!

Abby Edstrom
Virginia, MN.

Thank you for a great week at camp.  My 11 year old son Luke attended and was proud to be awarded 'Most Approved.'  He takes his position very seriously and works hard to get better.  In the beginning I was skeptical of his interest (cool pads, less skating) but soon found out that he was in it for the long haul (at least one more year) so I've worked to help him achieve his goal which can be difficult with two other sons in hockey.  Honestly there wasn't a lot of information out there about developing a new goalie.  Camp helped a ton. Thank you,

Peter Kerwin
Clarence Center NY.

Coach…I just wanted to let you know how much my son Mac Beatrice enjoyed your camp in St. Louis. It was his first intense goaltending experience and he came away with even more desire to become the best player he can be. This is thanks to you and your staff. After the first day, he felt inferior to the many goalies in attendance. He then figured out that he had only been playing goal for one year and had a lot to learn, and that your camp was going to help him do that. He was full of energy the rest of the week and got so much out of your time with him. His week was complete when you awarded him the Mr. Absorbent Award.  He saw that you and the staff recognized his hard work and determination. It was a week that was invaluable to him, both as a goalie, and a student of the game. Thank you so much for your time and energy and we are looking forward to next year’s camp. I have enclosed a picture that you may use if you choose to.  Thanks again.

Bob Beatrice
Webster Groves, MO..

I want to reiterate what I said earlier today. You are a fantastic coach and motivator of children. I had heard great things about the camp and to be quite honest, it was much better than expected. Logan really picked up a lot and felt a lot more confident at the end of camp. He loved your coaching style and the interaction. He was disappointed he didn't win an award, but didn't feel he deserved one either. This is a motivator for him for next year's camps…he is hell bent on attending more than one camp. Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you soon. 

David Pfieffer
Cleveland, Ohio.

Dylan and I can't thank you enough for another great camp in Newburgh!  After the first day and again today, he asked if it was too soon to register for next year.  I noticed a big difference in him from last year to this year with in the camp. In addition he was very excited and proud to receive the shirt as an award winner. Thanks for all the training that you gave me and all the goalies.

Dawn and Dylan Nault
Rhode Island.
 

Let’s not discuss hockey today, but the positive influence some individuals can have on young people. As a parent, I want to thank you for being such a positive role model for my sons Mike and Chris. You have taught them not only to be better goalies and to enjoy a great sport, but I am convinced that you have helped me make them better people. My goal as a parent is to make my children successful, not in terms of money, but in terms of being responsible and caring for others. Mike and Chris will interact with many people as they mature. Some will try to take them down the right path, others will not. I can only hope they meet more people like yourself that help to reinforce my messages. I believe that one day we will all be judged on not only what we did in our lives, but what those we have influenced have done. I think you will be in good company my friend, not as someone who helped a young goalie get a shutout, but as someone who influenced a young goalie to give up a Saturday to help stock a food pantry or to stop and help a stranded motorist. Thanks for all you do and please don’t stop!

John Stier
St. Louis, Mo
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Your camps are great.  They gave our son the added boast in skills, confidence, understanding that really helped him in goal and off ice.  You may not remember Mike, he came to Newburgh the last two summers.  He was new to ice hockey in the fall of grade 9.  He worked hard and made the high school team.  By grade 11, now he is their lead goalie.  Thanks.

Amy Eckel
New York.

I wanted to let you know that my son Cameron, who attended your D-man camp in St. Louis this summer, did very well at tryouts, thanks much I'm sure to things he learned from Norm and your other instructors.  He is now on a good Squirt A1 team and was in very close consideration for AA as a first year squirt -- only 2 of the 15 kids on that AA team were first years, none of them D, but he was very close.  He has also done some practicing with Tier 2 kids lately and I think he could definitely be at that level next year if we choose to pursue it, but we're trying not to worry about that until this season wraps up.  Exposure to the defensive concepts in your camp combined with always refining skating skills has made Cam one of the best one-on-one covers at this age group.  He is representing you well.  Please let Norm and Patrick know that we greatly enjoyed the camp this year and hope to see you again next year.  I have recommended it to multiple people in town, as well as the goaltending camp.  Your organization was very impressive and Cam and I are looking forward to a repeat next year.

Mike Coats
St. Louis, MO.

I have been meaning to write you and thank you for putting on such a great camp last year in St. Louis.  This season is our son's first year of travel hockey, and we were hopeful that your defenseman camp would help prepare him for tryouts and for the season.  During the camp, we were very impressed and knew it was well worth our time and money to travel over from Topeka.  Following travel tryouts this fall, we also saw the benefits of the camp on the ice, as our son was light years ahead of where he was last year and was offered a spot on our AA team as a first year Squirt.  But the biggest indicator of the success of your camp came recently. We were approached by the parents of every defenseman on his team this year, as well as two of the forwards, asking for information on your camp so they could send their kid this summer.  We have also been asked for information from two different goalie parents as well who heard us talking about the camp.  It’s really hard to come up with a better endorsement of your camp than parents who have seen the results in our son asking for information so they can enroll their kids next summer.  Simply put - the results speak for themselves.  We were more than happy to share your information with all of the families here in Topeka & Kansas City that we know and give as strong of an endorsement of your camp as possible.  You guys do a wonderful job and we are looking forward to being a part of it again this summer.

Kevin Grauberger
Topeka, KS.

This is long overdue, but I just wanted to thank you for your work with Matthew and all the kids at your camp in Buffalo. It was a terrific experience and one that will benefit Matt both on and off the ice. He is back with his team and working hard, with new pads by the way.  He's in 33 plus one pro stock, ouch!  Anyway thanks again and I'll see you at training camp.

John Forslund
Carolina Hurricanes

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