WE ARE NCGD HOCKEY
NCGD HOCKEY is a goalie development school and synthetic ice facility serving the needs goalies in North Country and beyond.
We offer programs and private clinics to goalies, forwards and defensement of all ages. Our school also hosts an excercise room for yoga, tabata, bootcamp and other fitness classes.
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.
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!
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”.
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.
Initiated in Ottawa, Canada then deep-seated to Rouses Point, NY, USA, North Country Goalie Development was created, managed and restored by Roch Belley: Head Coach, Owner, and former IHL goalie drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Born in Gatineau, Canada, Coach Roch was skating at the young age of five. When introduced to the net briefly, he knew that the remainder of his hockey career would be between the pipes.
He was trained, mentored and coached by family and community members alike. Grabbing opportunities anywhere he could to claim starting positions within his organization and school leagues, he rose through the ranks.
That hard work landed him in the junior league for the remainder of his high school years, which led to Coach Roch being drafted in '91. Over the span of the next 3 years, he played for IHL/CHL teams Indianapolis Ice and Fort Worth Fire.
An unfortunate and sudden off season leg injury in '94 put an end to Coach Roch's professional career in the minor league hockey but it birthed the dawn of Goalie Coaching.
In the mid 90's Coach Roch partnered with an old high school hockey companion to form his first rendition of a Goalie School. This was a great success for more than a couple of years before family matters and a growing daughter became his priority.
Over these past decades he kept himself in as many mens league organizations as he could while waiting for the next opportunity to coach privately again. In 2015 Coach Roch moved to the US, and discovering a need for goalie development in the North Country.
Here to stay for the long haul, Coach Roch has been successfully running his annual Goalie Preseason Clinic out of AC-North Plattsburgh for many years years. Growing progressively NCGD has reached multiple towns and communities, such as Malone, Chazy, Rouses Point, Lake Placid and the in between, to provide public and private clinics.
Each hockey season provide new and exciting opportunities for NCGD. We are laying the groundwork for big vision and great expansion. Coach Roch is taking on greater challenges without compromising quality for quantity. Rest assure North Country Goalie Development is here to stay and serve the needs of goaltenders alike.