OUR TEAM

Lift The Mask is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to helping the goalie community connect with the proper mental health care. We aim to normalize conversations about mental health and performance by sharing free resources and providing an platform where anyone can reach out anonymously in order to open up about whatever struggles they may be having.

Our team is comprised of a group of thought leaders that are passionate about goaltending education and performance. The Goalie Guild has led the way in providing free education for goalies since 2009, so we lean heavily on learning design to raise awareness and increase knowledge.

 

Knowing that the needs of the goalie community are constantly changing, we are always here to act as guides and consultants on your journey. Please feel free to reach out and connect with us below and thanks for supporting Lift The Mask!

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TED MONNICH

Head Advisor

Monnich has been involved with all levels of ice hockey goaltending for over 40 years, and in six countries in North America, Europe and Asia. As a developmental coach he has served as Head Instructor at Puckstoppers Goaltending School in London, ON, has coached at Goaliepro Consulting Oy in Helsinki, Finland, and lectures and coaches at GDI USA Regional and National level events.

 

Ted currently works as Mental Training Coach and Goaltending Consultant with teams, coaches, and players in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NAHL, USHL, and NCAA. He is considered a thought leader in the goaltending community and focuses on flow state. His studies on music theory and musical talent with the guitar and its positive impact on goaltending skills has become a staple in the realm of human sports performance.

JUSTIN GOLDMAN

Founder & Head Mentor

Goldman has been researching and working with pro goalies since 2003. He has worked for NHL.com, NetWork Goaltending, Mitch Korn Goalie Camps, Elite Goalies, McKeen's Hockey, and is currently an Emergency Backup Goalie for the Colorado Avalanche. He has also been a Regional Scout and Mentor for USA Hockey Goaltending since 2013.

 

In 2018, Justin established Lift The Mask as a charitable program that offers financial and support for goalies needing mental health services. In August of 2019, Goldman joined mindSpark Learning, a national leader in the professional development of educators, as the Director of Athletic Partnerships. He oversees the sports and coaching education program, mSL CAPITA, from their learning center in Lakewood, CO.

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CHASE HOLLANDER

Program Director

Hollander is a recent graduate of the University of Denver's Master of Arts Sport and Performance Psychology program and a current mental performance consultant in the greater Denver area. During his time at DU, Chase worked with several teams and individuals as a member of the Center of Performance Excellence (CPEX). Chase was also a volunteer assistant coach for the Denver Pioneers hockey team. Chase was instrumental in bringing The Goalie Guild and CPEX together due to his success on the ice, in the classroom, and within the mental health community. 

Chase oversees Lift The Mask’s different programs and operations as well as ensures the relationship quality of our members by appropriately handling questions and inquiries submitted through the Lift The Mask community. Hollander is currently our liaison between Lift The Mask and the CPEX consultants. Currently, Chase is seeking further accreditation to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and Licensed Professional Counselor. Chase continues to study empirically-based mental skills training techniques and other therapeutic approaches to help goalies optimize their performance and achieve excellence.

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NICK LONGO

Head Ambassador

Longo is a graduate of Marist College with a Masters in Special Education and a degree in Secondary Education. He is currently working as an engineering and technology teacher in the Valley Central school district, where he has been an educator for the past 21 years. Longo also serves as the goalie coach for Marist College (ACHA) and works with organizations and individuals, from mites to the pros, in the lower Hudson Valley, NY.

Longo was awarded with the 2019 Lift The Mask Coaches Scholarship from The Goalie Guild, which earned him a spot at the second-annual Global Goaltending Retreat. Longo is in charge of overseeing the program's Ambassadors and handles the production of many promo materials.

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