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Teegan VanValkenburg


Teegan has been working with Coach Roch and staff at North Country Goalie Development for the past four years. The improvements he has made in the net have exceeded our expectations. Teegan love for goalie continues to grow along with his skill level. Teegan's long term goal is to play college hockey for UVM, he thinks if he works hard Coach Roch will help him to achieve this. We have always had nothing but a positive experience and I recommend this program to every hockey parent I can.

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Teddy Pirofsky


The moment we leave NCGD, Teddy is asking when he can go back again. He always looks forward to training with Nick and Roch. He has attended goalie/player sessions, winter weekend camp, and many player group sessions. He has learned new skills, broken bad habits, and loved every minute of it. The skills he has learned have made huge improvements in his playing, he has so much more confidence when handling the puck and shooting. We highly recommend visiting NCGD!

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Jack Bell


Jack has enjoyed every session with Coach Roch. He listens intently to Coach’s feedback and wants to use the lessons to improve his skills in the net and on the ice. Coach Roch is supportive and encouraging but challenges Jack to lean in and give it his all! Jack says “ Coach Roch has taught me how to overcome some bad habits I had and has taught me new skills”.

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Brooke Bilow


We were introduced to NCGD through Jen VanValkenburg as her son Teegan, goalie was already getting lessons. She let us know Brooke could get lessons even though she was not a goalie. Brooke was excited. Brooke started skating at the young age of 2 years old. She grew up in a hockey rink as her older brother played hockey. She currently just ended her Squirt year. She is going to try out for the Adirondack 46er girl U12 hockey team this Spring. Brooke started getting lessons with coach Roch and Steve in March. They were very friendly and welcoming. She has already gained new skills while eliminating some bad habits. Brooke looks forward to her lessons and eager to see the coaches. We are very grateful for this experience and look forward to many more. Thank you coach Steve & Roch and to the high school coaches,


Our Story

North Country Goalie Development story started in 2015 when Coach Roch moved to the North Country and discovering there was a need for goalie development.  He started getting familiar with local youth hockey organization and by the end of the hockey season found himself with the North Country Youth Hockey Association as a goalie coach. He then decided to organize a preseason clinic in 2016 and it was an immediate success.

Here to stay for the long haul, Coach Roch has been successfully running his annual Goalie Preseason Clinic out of AC-North Plattsburgh for three consecutive years. Growing progressively NCGD has reached communities such as Malone, Rouses Point, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and the in- between, in public or private sessions.

Each new hockey season creates new and exciting opportunities for NCGD. We continue to lay the groundwork to expand our vision.  Rest assure, North Country Goalie Development is here to stay and serve the needs of goaltenders in the North Country

Our Mission

Although it may be overlooked as so, the position of goaltender is dynamically the most important position on the ice. "IF THEY CAN'T SCORE, THEY CAN'T WIN." is a running mantra at NCGD. We believe that the goalie stands apart from the rest of the team. They are the last line of defense and stand in the way of what every other player wants most, "TO SCORE" 


Our mission is to share the knowledge, talent and experience of Coach Roch and his team with future generations of hockey goaltenders.  Being paired with the right coach and using appropriate age and skill specific programs, our goalie’s mental, physical, and emotional development will be our top priority.

Our Promise

North Country Goalie Development promises to deliver the very best mentoring, training and follow up to ALL of our goalies no matter age, program and length of tenure in our clinic. 

We will support our goalies with distinct development plans, evaluations, game and video analysis reports that will aide both the goalie and coach in paving the course of constructive training. 


Our promise and responsibility to our goalies starts and ends with complete satisfaction in our hard work with the goalies. We promise to work closely with the goaltenders current coach, team and family. This, we promise.