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MakGoaltending provides training to goalies around the GTA. Although, we will work with all goalies, we have a strong core of female goalies. We provide a comfortable environment for female goalies to train, learn, and push themselves and each other to the next level. As our game grows, I believe it is important for goalies to have the opportunity to learn from and see high level and professional women.

"If you see it, you can be it." 

Amanda Makela

Amanda Makela "Mak" is the founder of MakGoaltending.

Currently part of the PWHPA. Helping to grow the game for future generations.

I discovered coaching at 14 years old and fell in love. I've worked and volunteered for multiple camps and teams throughout the years. As well as lessons through MakGoaltending, I currently work with Jon Elkin Goalie School as a goalie coach, helping out with camps, clinics, private lessons and team practices. I grew up in Thunder Bay Ontario, playing boys hockey until Midget when I made the switch to play for the Thunder Bay Queens. While, playing for the Queens I also competed at the 2010  Women's World Championships in Sweden with Team Canada U-18. In 2011 I competed with Team Ontario in Halifax for Canada Winter Games. From there I accepted a scholarship to play for Mercyhurst University, a NCAA Division 1 school in Erie. PA where I majored in Exercise Science.  I chose exercise science because I didn't have any formal "dryland" training growing up so when I got to Team Canada Camp I felt as I was a step behind everyone else. I came home from camp and enlisted the help of a strength and conditioning coach and learned the importance of off-ice training. After Mercyhurst I made the decision to join the Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL for it's inaugural season. I then moved to Montreal to play for Les Canadiennes de Montreal and then asked for a trade to Toronto to join the Furies to be closer to home and further my coaching career. 


  • 2010 Provincial Gold Medalist with the Thunder Bay Queens

  • 2010 Esso Cup National Champions with the Thunder Bay Queens

  • Awarded Queen's most valuable player 2010, 2011 and most dedicated in 2009

  • Won a silver medal at the 2010 U18 World Championships with Team Canada in Sweden

  • Won a silver Medal with Team Ontario at the Canada winter games in Halifax 2011

  • 2011 provincial silver medalist with the Thunder Bay Queens

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Mercyhurst University, 

  • 4 year Athletic Honour Roll

  • Played for the  Toronto Furies in the CWHL

  • Played in the inaugural season of the NWHL with the Buffalo Beauts 2015-2016

  • Won a Clarkson Cup with Les Canadiennes de Montreal 2016-17

  • Played for the Toronto Furies in the CWHL

  • Played 4 years at Mercyhurst University Division 1 Program NCAA

  • Tied Mercyhurst’s single season Shutout record 

  • Holds Mercyhurst single season saves record with 781 saves

  • 2015 CHA Goaltender of the year

  • Played Professionally in Sweden for Björklöven 

  • Currently playing in the PWHPA

Coaching Background

  • Jon Elkin Goalie School 2019 - Present -- Camps, Clinics, Team Practices, Private Lessons

  • Goalie Coach for a variety of girls and boys teams throughout the GTA

  • McGuire Goaltending, Toronto, ON --  July 2011 - 2020

  • M-Power Hockey - 2016- 2019

  • Buffalo State University, Buffalo, NY — Volunteer Goalie Coach  --  January 2017 - March 2017

  • BVGoaltending, St.Catharines, ON -- July 2016

  • Katie Weatherston’s Hockey Camp, Thunder Bay, ON — Off-ice Instructor and Goalie Coach -- August 2015

  • Zulie’s Goalie Academy, Thunder Bay, ON — Goalie Instructor -- August 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018

  • Michael Sisti’s Hockey Camp, Erie, PA — Camp Counsellor and Goalie Instructor --  July 2012

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