The Who, How and Why!

Gaertner Goaltending is a specialized and bespoke hockey development company focused on the most effective and personalized methods to take your goaltending game to the next level.  The approach is based on a long-term model, forming solid foundational skills and aptitude reinforcement with regular contact and skill advancement over each player’s career.  Both in season and off-season, we work with players to master the position and foster a game that has structure, balance and legacy.

In the last 14 years, James Gaertner has coached a wide range of athletes and teams from Minor Hockey Atom levels all the way through to BCHL, WHL, CHL, NCAA and professionals.  His experience has equipped him with a unique perspective on the specific focused areas of the game that are appropriate for each level of player, and a learning priority for every style of goaltending.  More than that, James genuinely commits his time and energy to his students and players, and supports their devotion to their hockey careers from day 1.

Gaertner Goaltending is the premier bespoke goaltending development service on Vancouver Island. Whether you’re booking one-on-one or small group sessions, we cater to each player’s specific needs!

Notable athletes:

Dylan Garand – CHL and WHL Goalie of the Year 2022; IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medalist 2022; NY Rangers Draft Pick 2020 (4th rd); WHL Kamloops Blazers.

Dylan Ferguson – NHL Vegas Golden Knights; AHL Henderson Silver Knights; 2021 Kelly Cup with Fort Wayne Comets (ECHL); WHL Kamloops Blazers

Matthew Hutchison – WHL Vancouver Giants,

John Hawthorne – NCAA Canisius College; BCHL Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Merek Pipes – NCAA Union College

Linden Marshall – Grüner, Norway; NCAA Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (graduate); AHL Cleveland Monsters; BCHL Trail Smoke Eaters

Austin Roden – NCAA Providence College; University of Nebraska-Omaha; NHL Arizona Coyotes Development Camp; BCHL Nanaimo Clippers and Merritt Centennials
Nic Renyard – 2014/15 CJHL MVP and Top Goalie; NCAA Umass Amherst; Lakehead University Usports; BCHL
Keenan Rancier – NCAA Minnesota Mankato
Aaron Trotter- NCAA University of St Thomas; BCHL Prince George Spruce Kings
Connor Lacouvee – NCAA Boston University, Minnesota State Univ. Mankato; AHL Laval Rocket; HK Dukla Trencin Slovakia
Johnny Derek – BCHL West Kelowna Warriors
Michael Herringer – WHL graduate; Usports University of Regina, Nipissing University
Evan May- WHL Everett Silvertips; BCHL Cowichan Capitals
Will Gurski – WHL Vancouver giants
Koen Cleaver – WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes Draft 2022, 3rd round, 48th overall, first goalie drafted


Please contact us to discover how we can take your game to the next level!


Current affiliations:

VIJHL – Lake Cowichan Kraken – Head Coach

CSSHLShawnigan Lake School – Program Goaltending Coach (since 2015)


BCHL – Cowichan Valley Capitals – Assistant Coach 

VIJHL – Kerry Park Islanders & Nanaimo Buccaneers – Head Coach

Minor HockeyVictoria Racquet Club and Kerry Park Minor Hockey – Goaltending Coach

Spring HockeyIsland Stars – Multiple age class Goaltending Coach

Skills AcademyFrances Kelsey Secondary School – Goaltending Coach

BC Female Midget AAAVancouver Island Seals – Goaltending Coach

BCHIL University of Victoria Vikes – Assistant GM/Coach

BCHL – Victoria Grizzlies



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