ABOUT

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." 

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Amanda Makela
Founder
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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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