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The Bridge Program

The Bridge Program

Focused Academic and Athletic Excellence

Welcome to the Bridge Program, a progressive approach to combining the pursuit of focused academic and athletic goals for 8th, 9th and 10th graders. The Bridge Program consists of a full school year of studies and athletic training all held at Stop It Goaltending. Brian Daccord, founder of Stop It Goaltending, Toronto Maple Leafs Goaltending Consultant and a former NHL goalie coach, is the program founder and each year selects a small group of dedicated goalies determined to propel their development. The results are remarkable as demonstrated in this video progress report.  All Bridge students start with Brian Daccord’s C4 training. Returning students advance to the Bridge Plus curriculum. 


TECCA Connections Academy: Student athletes participating in the Bridge program enroll with Connections Academy
, an accredited online school that gives students the flexibility to learn and prepares them to excel in school and in life with an award-winning curriculum, direct parent involvement and caring teachers and personalized instruction. Bridge participants will complete classwork and train at Stop It Goaltending Monday through Friday throughout the school year.


The Bridge Program provides motivated 8th, 9th and 10th grade motivated student athletes on and off ice training. This training consists of on-ice sessions, off-ice strength and conditioning workouts, vision training and yoga. At the PAD in Woburn off-ice training is conducted by Dan Newton at Ufit, vision training is provided by Gary Kalloch of Eye on Performance and Kim Johnson of The Athletes Yoga provides yoga instruction. The maturation of students participating in online learning is a tremendous life experience as well as the daily primers and life lessons taught at the Bridge.



Academic Supervision is provided throughout the day as part of the Bridge program. Students follow the curriculum set forth by Connections Academy. The role of the supervisor is to ensure that the days academic tasks are organized and completed. The Bridge academic supervisor is not a teacher nor a learning coach. Their responsibility is that the student athletes are following their academic schedule, keeping them focused, and providing communication to the parents and coaches. The supervisor is responsible for creating an environment and culture in which the goalies can succeed in the classroom. Each day the Bridge starts with a primer. These primers are to get the student motivated for the day, teach life lessons and ethics as they apply to hockey and life in general. Students use an organizer to plan their day as well as weekend assignments and events. 



Goaltending Instruction Goaltending Instruction in the Bridge program implements Brian Daccord’s C4 Goaltending Development Model. The training is a comprehensive, concentrated, compounding curriculum where technique is learned and repeated perfectly before moving on to the next skill. This training is demanding more from the mental component than the physical and includes traditional and progressive save techniques plus advanced systems and strategies, puckhandling and powerskating. Brian Daccord’s C4 training includes extensive use of video and theory as this is a major component of the program. Bridge Plus goalies have already completed the one year Bridge C4 curriculum. Bridge plus training is specifically concentrated on reading the play and developing a clear and concise plan for every situation. The on ice and videos sessions break down how to see a play develop, calculate the options and react with the highest probability to make the save.  

Goaltending instruction at the PAD is provided by Brian Daccord and he is joined by David Schultz. Brian Daccord has a remarkable record of training elite goalies. He has helped develop over 25 NHL draft picks and scores of college goalies. His current client list includes NHL All-Star Cory Schneider, Stanley Cup champion Scott Darling, Ottawa Senator Mike Condon, NCAA DI National Champions Jon Gillies (Calgary), Nick Ellis (Edmonton) and Colin Stevens (Florida). Brian has traditionally trained 10% of all NHL goaltenders at one point in their careers, holds a Masters Degree in Sport Science and is the author of the book Hockey Goaltending which sold over 40,000 copies. David Schultz is a former student of Brian Daccord and is currently a SIG Director and goalie coach at St. Anselm College. Goaltending Instruction in Springfield is conducted by Jeff Walker. Jeff has been a Director at Stop It Goaltending for the last five years and through SIG has worked with some of the top goalies in the world as well as elite college and junior goalies. 

Combined training over an entire school year will produce remarkable gains in skill, technique, reaction speed, physical and mental growth and self confidence. The Bridge Program is designed for goalies to study and train intensively for one school year to prepare them to move onto a traditional brick and mortar school with an elite hockey program. Placement support will be provided ensuring goalies are in the right spot moving forward.

Sample Daily Bridge Program Schedule

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Arrive at the PAD

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM: Goalie On-Ice Training or Off-Ice Training

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM: School Work

12:00 PM-12:30 PM: Lunch

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Assembly/Lecture

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: School Work

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Off-Ice Training (Vision/Yoga/Cognitive)

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Bridge Dismissal


1380385_754880264529113_611716951_nWho is the Bridge intended for?

The Bridge is designed for motivated student athletes in 8th, 9th and 10th graders. The intention of the program is to provide goalies elite academic and athletic training in order to help them move on to a traditional brick and mortar school with the goal of then transferring the study and training habits gained with the Bridge to assist them in succeeding at the next level. Participants of the Bridge program will play for their AAA club team as the program is not a team.

How do I register for the Bridge Program?

pad-logo-without-runnerRegistering for the Bridge Program is a four step process.

  1. The first step to registering for the Bridge Program is to contact Brian Daccord via phone at (781) 376-9001. The call will consist of a description of the Bridge Program and an initial discussion of the academic and athletic goals of the potential participant. Please complete the Bridge applicant information form below. 
  2. The phone meeting will be followed by a in person meeting with both the parents and goalie together as well as a period of time to meet independently.
  3. The third step to the process will be a shadow day and on ice training session for the applicant to experience the program and to see if there is good coach/student synergy on the ice.
  4. The final stage of the registration process is acceptance into the program and a commitment in the form of a 10% deposit.


About Connections Academy:

  • Tuition Free Massachusetts Public Virtual School.
  • Pioneer since 2001 in Virtual Education.
  • State Funding (just like a public school).
  • NCCA Accredited.
  • School Year: September until June (like a regular school year, student can also sign up during the school year as long as he/she was registered with another school)..
  • Teachers: specially trained in online learning and teaching, they are connected with and available for the students every day..(phone, secure webmail and live classroom interactions)..
  • Connexus (secure user-friendly education management system): secure webmail (no spam), log on anytime, anywhere, access all lessons, parents access 24/7 to follow grades and assessment details.
  • Support: orientation, tech support via phone from teachers and staff.
  • Award Winning Curriculum (World Languages, Math, English, Science and Technology, Health etc). Every student will get a skill assessment to make sure he/she will be placed with the right curriculum, which is very flexible and personalized.
  • Schedule: student will not have set times to be in front of computer, but will have to complete about 28 hours of work per week. Also, students will have live lessons that can vary from 8 am to 4 pm but would know ahead of time.
  • Standardized Tests: student will have to take standardized tests just like public schools.
  • Online Resources: access to very stimulating tools; available 24/7.
  • High School: Honors as well as AP courses are available in most subjects.
  • Academic Advising and College Guidance: weekly livelesson sessions covering academic, social and career topics.
  • Diploma: the student will earn a state approved diploma.
  • Clubs and Activities: available online.
  • Field Trips: student will go on field trips.
  • Volunteer, Service and Leadership Options: possibilities in the students community.
  • For more Information call 781-326-2473 or go to www.connectionsacademy.com/massachusetts-virtual-school.

The Bridge Team

SIG, Brian Daccord is the president and founder of Stop It Goaltending. He is a former goaltending coach of the Boston Bruins and served on the staff of Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and Robbie Ftorek. Brian is currently a goaltending consultant to the Toronto Maple Leafs and a member of the Mass Hockey Goaltending Advisory Group. He was recently recognized in the New England Hockey Journal as one of the top 100 most influential people in New England hockey. His book “Hockey Goaltending” has sold over 40,000 copies worldwide.

Brian was featured in The Hockey News as one of the NHL’s “Top Goalie Coaches with Crease Clout” and current clients include top NHL, AHL, ECHL, College and Junior goalies. Brian is also a former coach and player at Merrimack College and played seven seasons of Pro hockey in Switzerland. He has enjoyed success coaching at every level of youth hockey as well as US Prep School, Junior, College and Pro. He is a Masters Level Coach with USA Hockey, and holds a Masters Degree in Sports Science. brian@stopitgoaltending.com

David Schultz is a Stop It Goaltending Director and is the Goaltending Coach at St. Anselm College. Coach Schultz previously was the goaltending coach at  the University of New Hampshire and Bentley University. David played college hockey at Worcester State and in high school led Pinkerton Academy to the State Championship semifinals. David has been working for Stop It Goaltending training programs since 2008 and was also a student at Stop It from the age of twelve. David has worked with goalies of all levels including Cushing Academy, the Beantown Bullies, The New England Wolves and the New England Stars at the Junior hockey level. Coach Schultz has a true passion and energy for the sport of hockey and goaltending and is tremendously popular with young goalies.

Jeff Walker is a Stop It Goaltending Director based out of Springfield, MA. Jeff has trained profesional, college, prep school, high school and youth goalies  and currently conducts goalie lessons at Stick Time Sports. Jeff has worked with the Stop It Goaltending PGD and DHNL programs as well as the GCG Men’s camps. At the college level he coached the ACHA Division II team at the University of Massachusetts, The Agawam High School’s State Championship team, and the Ludlow Youth Hockey program.  After playing for Agawam High School, Jeff went on to play at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he started over 50 games. As a senior captain, he led his team to the NECHA semi-finals and a division championship and was selected to the NECHA All-Star team. jeff@stopitgoaltending.com

The Bridge Off Ice Staff

Ufit, Dan Newton: has trained extensively with goaltenders through the off-ice programs at Stop It Goaltending. Dan was a 2 time captain of indoor/outdoor track at Stonehill College where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Healthcare and boasts a 6 year streak for holding the school record in the shot put. He has worked the past eight years inspiring his clients to achieve greatness beyond the walls of the gym. Dan is a Certified Fitness Trainer with AFAA and has extensive knowledge in strength conditioning and athletic performance.

Ufit, Kelly Willing: Kelly holds a B.S. in Sports Movement Science with a focus in Exercise Physiology from Salem State University. She is also a Master Sergeant with a 22 year career in the United States Air Force where she oversees the State of Massachusetts as the Master Fitness Instructor. Kelly is also an Nationally Certified Personal Trainer with ACSM and additionally holds the following certifications: AFAA Group Exercise, Johnny G/ Mad Dog Spinning, HKC Kettlebell, TRX, Sports Nutrition, Certified First Responder and CPR/AED certified.

Ufit, Kerry Kilduff: Kerry has vast experience in leading group fitness and her personal approach toward her clients is second to none. Kerry holds a B.S. degree from University of New Hampshire in Health Management and Policy and is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer with ACSM. She additionally holds the following certifications: AFAA Group Exercise & Kickboxing, Johnny G/ Mad Dog Spinning, Mat Pilates, ShockWave, TRX, Les Mills Body Combat, a Spartan Group X Coach as well as coursework with NASM Nutrition and CPR/AED certified.


Eye on Performance, Gary G. Kalloch, RDO: Gary has over twenty years in the optical field, including the operation of several stores with complete optical laboratories.  He has extensive experience with the training hundred’s of goalies and provides clients with the most up to date vision training equipment and training methods. Gary’s years of coaching youth baseball and basketball, as well as participation in fishing and shooting sports, give him great insight regarding the visual needs of the athlete.




The Athletes Yoga, Kim Johnson: Kim has worked with hundreds of athletes from all over the world from every sport imaginable. She has trained individual athletes from amateur to professional, and teams from high school through Division I. She developed and continues to teach comprehensive yoga programs for local high schools, colleges, Junior hockey programs, athletic facilities and camps. “Preventing injury and enhancing performance are my focus but I never lose sight of the fact that they are human beings first. By addressing the whole athlete, I encourage them to reach their full potential.”


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