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





*Mitch with Braden Holtby
 
*Coach Petraglia teaching "power pushes".
*Coach Wells providing feedback
*Goalie of the Week winner

 

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.

Mitch, Finally Mikey is putting his gear on by himself...Not only did your NEWBURGH camp make Mikey a better goalie, but it inspired him to learn to put his own gear on. He loved it and it's all he talks about, and for him to be named goalie of the week, it's just incredible. The amount of pride I have for him is unexplainable. Again, I humbly thank you for all you do for the kids.

Mike and Sunny Sitler
Long Island, 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

Thank you again for the opportunity to help out at camp, work with the kids, participate, and learn. I can honestly say it was the best goalie camp experience I've ever had. Your teachings are one of a kind and effective. They have been engrained in my mind and I've even heard your voice in my head numerous times in the last few days…lol. Thank you.

Vin Merante
Niagara Falls, NY

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

Charlie wanted me to send you a quick note to thank you for your coaching this summer.  He was selected as the #1 goaltender for the Indy Racers Peewee A team today. There were 6 goalies at the tryout. Thanks again.

Betsy Edmondson
Carmel, Indiana

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,

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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

Josh was extremely excited to have been named "Goalie of the Week".  I watched almost every minute of the first three days of camp, and I can tell you that Josh busted his butt at each station, each day.  When I told Josh back in January that he had a spot in your camp he immediately realized what an opportunity the camp was for him.  Josh and I live about 30 miles outside Arlington, so I drove him to camp and home each day.  I could tell that each morning he was focused on the day ahead.  On the rides home, he discussed the classroom material and the skills stations, and described how each item was meant to make him a better goaltender.  Josh left Kettler on the last day asking me if he could attend your camp next year!   Thank you for all the work you and your coaches did with Josh over the 4 days. Josh has stated that he is going to incorporate everything he learned during camp into his game during the upcoming travel and high school hockey season. Thank you again!  Josh and I attend a few Capitals practices each season at Kettler.  If he sees you I'm sure he will want to say hello.  Take care.  Go Caps!

Jim Stone
Northern VA

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

First, I would like to thank you for all of the excellent goalie training and instruction you have given me over the past five years.  I am also excited about the opportunity to be a counselor for you next summer 2016.

Second, I was selected to attend Jared Waimon's camp in Brewster, NY this past August and it was a very good experience.  I was impressed that Jared was one of your disciples.  One of his assistant coaches, I do not remember his name, told me that I was the only goalie at the camp who listened to everything they said and would try what they asked without arguing or making excuses.  Being a coachable player and always being aware that you never know who is watching are lessons I learned from you.

Third, I had a very frustrating early summer with tryouts on teams at the Triple-A level that I did not make.  One was with the local U15 and the other was with a U16.  I was seriously wondering when, if ever, someone, besides you and my dad, would believe in me.

My persistence and hard work finally paid off Labor Day weekend when I got an opportunity to try-out for a AA U18 travel team. The U18 head coach said I would be evaluated over three weeks of practices.  Instead, the day after my first practice, the coach called my dad and offered me a position and we accepted on the spot.  Thank you for believing in me and encouraging me when most others did not.  I am looking forward to seeing you again next summer and helping you with your Cincinnati camp. Go Capitals!  Your friend…

Kyle Bavis
5 year Vet…Cincinnati

Thank you again for all the work you and your staff have put into your program.  Dan has been attending your camp for the past 3 summers.  This year seems to be the year that everything has "clicked" for him.  The travel season for his team had started in August and is still ongoing.  Dan has been having some of his best games to date.  He has four shutouts so far this year and in league play his GAA is 1.38 and a save percentage of .089.  All that while he has been playing against the better teams in the league (his net partner gets the "easier" teams).  His form has been phenomenal and opposing coaches have been given him kudos in the handshake line.  Without the work ethic and training that your camps provide he would not be able to perform at this level.  I have attached two photos that I was able to grab during game play (photography is my hobby, and also allows us to keep tabs on his form).

Mike Berkowitz
Newburgh Camp

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

Dropped my son off in Texas. He is playing Juniors for the Brahmas. All thanks go to you for the work ethic you instilled into him. So many times after a game we would ask him "what would Mitch say?" You have touched so many lives! Thank you for sharing your passion and love of the game!

Karen Kupsky
Wisconsin

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

Not sure if you remember Kyle…he is the one in St. Louis where you needed an older goalie to hold his head still during classrooms :-).  I just wanted to thank you for giving him a great foundation to build from.  Kyle decided in April that he wanted to be a Goalie and had only tried it a couple of times before your camp.  With that I would like you to know that he managed to land a spot on Affton's Squirt A1 team.  The coaches were impressed by how quick he picked it up over the summer and how he holds himself in goal.  I cannot thank you and your crew enough for helping Kyle build a great foundation that he can build from going forward!  We have ton's more work to do and look forward to seeing you next year.  Take care and have a great season!  Thanks,

Neil Smarko
St. Louis, MO

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

Thanks for everything this past week. We ran outta there. I had to get back home. Ty took away a ton. It sinks in more and more every year. We are looking into a private school that has a very structured hockey team and will focus more on his academics.  I think he is finally realizing the extra effort is what it takes to move forward in life and hockey. I also wanted to thank you myself for bringing the best out of me. I return home from working camp with a refreshed outlook on business and personal issues. I have built my business on the fact that we are the best at what we do and we go the extra mile on projects in order to give customers the most value for their money. It works. Your approach is motivating and I am thankful for the opportunity to be involved. This is not me just kissing your butt.  I truly mean every word!  Thank you!  See you next year. Ty is 14 now and only have a year or two left before he will be asking to work the camps.

Rick Barkley
Pittsburgh, PA

Thank you for another great camp.  David had a great time and learned much. Here are pictures are from 2014 Buffalo camp where David received the work ethic award. His great progress since starting hockey at age 12 is largely due to the great training, coaching and the guidance you and your staff provide. Thank you so much for all you do for these young men!

Curt Turner
Buffalo Camp

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

Thank you for doing such a great job and for the extra love. I am so impressed and as a Head Coach (12 yrs) I can see how much you love it, and that's SO important. Jeff Jackson at N.D. said "They don't care how much you know, till they know how much you care".  Benny is one of those kids that has this game "in his heart" and it's beautiful!.  I don't think he will ever lose that. I just pray he never loses the confidence to keep working. I will never tell him that he "can't make the show", because who knows?  I just tell him to keep working, keep believing and keep loving the game. Detroit AAA is very competitive. You will DEFINITELY see him again next year. Can we pick your brain about Midget / Jrs. / H.S in the next yr or two?  You earned a few fans and friends in me and Benny.  Let me know if your ever in Detroit and I'll gladly "break bread" with you.

Eric Goldberg
Michigan

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

Please find attached a picture of you and Cameron at this year’s camp in Cincinnati.  He had a great time and has been practicing the drills from camp almost daily.  He is determined to make this coming season his best yet.  Not sure if you knew his backstory, but he had only been playing/skating etc. for two years.  During his freshman year, the varsity goalie got kicked off the team.  They had 9 skaters and no one wanted to play goalie.  Cameron’s mom was dating a friend of the coach at the time.  Somehow, they made a connection between Cameron’s black belt in martial arts and being a hockey goalie.  They taught him to skate in September, put the pads on him in October and gave him the instructions to not let any pucks in the net.  That was about the extent of his training before starting for his varsity team as a freshman in high school.  In his first year they won three games.  His sophomore year, still with little coaching, he split time with a freshman goalie, and his team won 9 games.  This camp was his first real experience with people of knowledge of the position coaching him.  He has always been like a sponge when it comes to learning things, so we are very excited to see how what he learned will translate to games this year. Thank you and your staff for putting on a great camp.  All the best.

James V. Oneill, Jr.
Cincinnati Camp

Thank you for another awesome Korn Camp in Duluth, MN. This was Sam's 4th year attending. We love how he quickly wakes up and is eager to get on ice the entire week of your camp. And he always has a big smile on his face when we pick him up. Thank you to you & your staff.  It's because of you that Sam is doing so well in the net. And we greatly appreciate how you reinforce the most important part of playing the game and that is to have fun! Thank you for everything AND congratulations on coaching for the Washington Capitals!

Sam's Parents
Hermantown, MN

I can't thank you enough for this past camp in Duluth.  I really appreciate the time that you took to help me become a better coach.  I learned so much from everyone there, and I am truly honored that you invited me to come to camp with you and your staff.  Best of luck with the rest of the summer and with your new endeavor.

Eric Woodbeck
North Dakota

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 just want to give you feedback on what an awesome program you are running. This was Chandler's second year at Korn Camp in Nashville. He had so much fun. He absolutely loves the counselors that you have every year. Rambo is his favorite. You all make hard work fun and I love how the counselors interact with the kids. They seem very happy to be part of your team. We have done other camps and the staff just "did their job". No personal investment or relations with the children at all. This is so much better. Thanks so very much for getting Chan excited and pumped up for the upcoming travel season. We shall see you next June!!

Shena Link
Owensboro, KY

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

Our family LOVES Coach Korn! My son started playing hockey at 2 and he knew he wanted to be a goalie even back then. Today our son is on the Squirt A team and he is loving every moment of it. Our son attends many goalie clinics. However, Coach Korn's Camp is our son's favorite. We know our boy wouldn't be playing as well as he is if it weren't for Coach Korn. And it's more than what Mitch teaches these goalies & defensemen on the ice... My son is only 10, but he knows what equipment is the right equipment to use and why. He knows what is mandatory with his equipment. We even went to buy him a used pair of goalie skates and our son said we couldn't purchase them because Coach Korn explained how there needs to be a certain amount of blade height.  My son listens to Coach Korn. I can't say enough great things about Mitch's Camps…except to say that he really makes a strong, influential, positive impact on these players. Can't wait to see him back in Duluth, MN!

Nicole Anderson
Duluth Camps

WOW!  3 years in a row Haydon Hurt has attended your Nashville goalie camp and it just gets BETTER and BETTER!  When we asked Haydon what his favorite part of camp was - THIS year he responded "EVERYTHING!"  And - everything means A LOT!!! Your curriculum is so impressive!  Everything from the classroom lessons to the TONS of ice time where the goalies are doing such a variety of skills and drills - Always something happening that is relevant to the game and the position!  It is amazing to see your staff so engaged with the kids on the ice!  We were very impressed how you break up the kids into small groups of 3-4 goalies to ensure they are receiving personalized and quality one-on-one instruction. Tons of staff provided TONS of individual attention!  The techniques you teach and the drills that the kids participate in have helped Haydon to set his foundation as a solid goalie.  Plus, Haydon had FUN!!!!  You and your staff were absolutely wonderful at making the kids work sooooooo very hard but have FUN too!  Thank you for ANOTHER fantastic year!  See you in 2014!

Haydon Hurt
Nashville Jr. Preds Goalie
Jon and Cari Hurt
Franklin, TN

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.

Just a quick note of thanks for providing our son Alex, the opportunity to be one of your staffers this summer in St. Louis.  He really enjoyed his time with your group and was grateful for the experience.  He came home each night telling us about his "1,000 shot" days and had the bruises on his hands to prove it!  He's ready and raring to go for his club/high school season and looking forward to being of service for you again next summer.  Thanks again for taking good care of our son.

John and Lisa Rubin
St. Louis, Mo..

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..

Thanks for the great camp you and your staff put on in Duluth.  It’s very professional and fun. My son Easton loved it and learned a ton and is already talking about next year’s camp. Thanks again and good luck. By far the best camp I have seen.


John Siekkinen
Kelly Lake, Minnesota
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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.

Just wanted to thank you again for the help with the goalie pads... we found some that are more Espen's size.  Also, while many of the kids' parents are probably hoping their child learns something at the camp to improve their skills, my only goal for Espen was for him to remember why he likes being a goalie. That first day was rough - he clearly did not remember that he actually likes it!  But the rest of the camp was excellent. I know he is somewhat high maintenance (in that he has a low tolerance for discomfort), but he really loves every aspect of the game, and I was so pleased to see him smiling. Thank you (and your staff) for bringing it back!  He really enjoyed the camp and is super psyched for the upcoming season.

 

Anna W. Cushman
Virginia.

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.

Amanda had an amazing time at Camp in St Louis and learned so much. Thanks for helping to raise her confidence in what she is doing on the ice. She can't wait till next year.

Julie Twedt
Eldora, Iowa.

It's Mark Senna writing and touching base. I just want to thank you again for creating such a fun and rewarding camp. As an adult in a camp of youngsters I wasn’t sure what to expect. But as the days went by my knowledge of the changes in the position grew immensely and having the kids around reminded me of how much fun playing hockey can be.  It is without question that I will not only return to one of your camps (Ct.) next summer, but will also help spread the word of your teachings here on the east coast and in the Boston area.

Mark Senna
Boston, Mass
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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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Just dropping a quick note to thank you once again for your time, patience and effort in helping the "Goalies of Tomorrow" with their skill progression. I finally got a chance to see first-hand during your camp why my son, Samuel Randall, was so pumped to go back for his second year. I am amazed how you can get so much across, and so much out of a 12 year old without "watering it down".  I am a former goalie and now coach myself and I was totally blown away at how organized and well run your drills, concepts and training sessions are.  Pekka should be buying you a steak dinner for life!  Thanks for giving back to the kids, not many people at your level would consider taking their entire summer on the road, to provide this expert training to non-professionals. We really appreciate it.

Geoffrey Randall
Traverse City, Michigan.

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 hope all is well. I would just like to say congrats to you and the Nashville Predators. On a side note I just want to comment on a story NHL.com has posted, in which you have been highlighted.  They praise you on how good of a goalie coach you are and I have to say that I agree. However they probably do not know what kind of a life coach you are. Whether you know it or not, attending your goalie camps (years ago) was an experience that has helped me in so many aspects of my life. In addition to making me (a no name goalie from Georgia) a competitive and competent goalie, your camps pushed me to my limits.  I am now in school and unfortunately do not get many opportunities to play hockey. I am extremely busy both with a full time job, taking class and studying for med school. I do not think I would be able to handle the stress load that I do if it weren't for you. 

I remember specific situations where I was ready to give up on school and I literally stopped and remembered your camps, how you motivated everyone and it truly helped me get through some hard times.  I am very sorry for rambling because I know you are very busy and don't have much time for this, but I just wanted you to know that while you have done some amazing things with professionals, your impact does not stop there and that while not every goalie you instruct will go on to be a hockey star, I can guarantee that you have an impact on hundreds and thousands of lives on a yearly basis that I am thankful for. Never stop being the Mitch Korn that we all found a way to love. 

Caleb Voelkel
Georgia.

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.

I wanted to share with you that he heard what you or one of the coaches taught him at camp.  Twice now (once early this season and again tonight) he was down and there was a scramble and the puck got free.  His defensemen aren't always quick to help with the clear.  He remembered, "Shooters will become lazy and slide it along the ice.  Seal the ice and let them beat you high."  He did and they were lazy and no goal either time.  He really enjoyed the camp last summer and we've recommended it to other goalies we know.  He's playing strong and with confidence.  Thanks!

Susie Pisoni
Chesterfield, MO.

I thought you would enjoy this.  Your name comes up in our house frequently and you have been such a great influence in Mark's life.  He is so lucky to have known you and have you coach him each summer.  Thanks for all you do…and I really, really mean that.  I am sure you have similar effects on many others as well.

Judy & Jeff Finkelstein
St. Louis.

Hey coach. Your camp was the best goalie camp I have ever been to. Have fun the rest of the summer!

Chris Walker
Danbury, CT
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I wanted to thank you for the outstanding camp you put on in Cincinnati this past weekend. When someone has a passion for what they do, it shows in the quality of their product. This was precisely the case with your goalie camp; the dedication, preparation and love you have for the game of hockey was on display every day of goalie camp. My son thoroughly enjoyed the camp and was excited to tell me what he learned each day on the drive home. More importantly, he grew as a goalie and gained confidence.  I also want to point out the great group of young men (and a woman) you had helping as coaches. They were engaged with the kids, and a great asset to your program. My son really looks up to these budding goaltenders.  Both Ryuta and I are already looking forward to camp next year. I'm sure you've heard this a time or two before, but you're the best.

Charles King
Hebron, KY.

Wanted to drop a note and say thanks again. Sounds like this year’s camp was outstanding.  Zak came back full of confidence, energy, and some funny stories about the camp. Hopefully you are seeing some good progression from Zak as a goaltender--but also importantly a willingness to listen, learn, and apply. I do know the parents of the boy from Fairbanks were also greatly impressed with the camp (don't think they knew what a real goalie camp was) and they have talked to us already about next year. His dad is an old teammate of mine from years back.  Anyhow, we were again very impressed and Zak had a great time.

Alba Brice
Fairbanks, Alaska.

It has been a while, and I am grown up, but I just wanted to say how much of a positive influence you've had on my life and thank you for all the years you’ve helped me out as a young goaltender as well as a person.  I'll never forget the first day we met, you wearing those thick brown glasses and smacking me on the helmet because I wasn’t paying attention…but seriously, thank you for everything.

Joey Mercurio
Kittanning, Pa
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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

Thanks again for a great goalie experience for Marcus.  You're great at what you do and we appreciate the effort, attention to detail and energy in making the week so power-packed with instruction.  You're the "goalie guru" in the hockey world!  We wish you al the best for your upcoming hockey season!

Ralph Kunzmann
Chicago, IL

I wanted to send you this e-mail to tell you how much I appreciate you coming to Cincinnati to teach us how to become better goalies physically, mentally, and emotionally. I've had fun in the three years now that I've been in your camp and I look forward to renewing my brain every summer by updating the “50 ram Best Goalie in the World program”.  I think that the most important thing that I've learned is how to recognize where the puck is going right off the stick and focusing on the game and not the goal that the opposing team might have just scored.  Today you taught me more about the fundamentals of handling the puck than my goalie coach did all last year! Thank you so much for the opportunity to become the best goalie I can be and I can say without hesitation that I will do what it takes to become the Best Goalie in the World someday. Thank you so much,

Justin Clarke
Kettering, OH

Just a quick note to tell you how much your emphasis on school stuck with Alex.  He is relentless at his new school and has a 94.5 GPA.  The talk about academics meant a lot to him.  He doesn't want to be passed over because of his grades.  Thanks, and thanks for all you taught him.  He is seeing lots of shots and getting better every game.  The work you did with him on breakaways at your Buffalo camp has transformed his game.  He's a very confident goaltender. 

Dan Pero
Michigan

Our daughter, Shannon, attended your camp in Nashville and really enjoyed it.  So did my wife and I.  I liked how as the different kids with all the different skill levels rotated through the stations, everyone seemed to stop about 3/4 of the shots.  The thing I like most about you as a coach is that you teach people how to think and how to solve problems on their own.  To me, that's what coaching is all about.  The ones who learn march on, and the ones who don't sit down on the side of the road.  Sometimes the road is hockey, and sometimes it's something else.  But the lesson never goes to waste.  Thanks again.

John LoCascio
Scarborough,ME

Thank you for an excellent camp this year. Andrew improved every day he was on the ice. More importantly, you inspired him this year. All I've heard is "Mitch says….Mitch says”.  Example, he let too many pucks in one night.  The next night, he told me Mitch says "good goalies don't have two bad days in a row". he didn't.   Thank you,

Tony Sederlund
Virginia, Minnesota

I just wanted to send a note saying how much my son Matthew enjoyed the DEFENSE CAMP in St. Louis.  It was well run and the drills were fun and educational at the same time.  I know he gained much more confidence in his playing ability.  The improvement that was seen by all the kids from the start of the camp to the end was a testament to yourself and Norm’s commitment to minor hockey.  The coaches and helpers were all great with the kids and the collective knowledge was astounding.   Thanks for a great week and we will definitely be back!

 

Duane Martin
Toronto, Ontario

It’s Nick Kamaris' dad here. Nick is going to college in September and will be playing club hockey.  We are thrilled that he is going to continue to play. Rest assured we are always advocating your great goalie camps. Nick attended Korn Camp for 7 years and as a result he had a very successful High School career here in New Jersey.  I just wanted to thank you for all of your help with his development over the years. Go Preds!

Kim Kamaris
New Jersey

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