Providing instruction and mentorship to all goaltenders who are looking to improve their game.
Words we live by
We believe each goalie is unique. No goalie should be trained to play a “cookie cutter” style, but rather a style that will improve their game and compliment their strengths.
Each goalie is trained to possess strong fundamentals and positive habits, while addressing and removing all bad habits.
KD Goaltending LLC is founded and operated by Kevin Delamarter.
Kevin began playing goalie at 9 years old. He developed an eye for technique and different styles of play, all while perfecting his own style. Kevin played high school, AAA, and finished playing competitively at Ferris State University (ACHA) with MVP and captain honors.
Kevin began coaching during the summer months of college for a hockey academy based out of Rochester, NY. Following college graduation, Kevin moved to the Metro Detroit area and continued to grow as a Goaltending Coach.
During this time, KD goaltending was born, offering private training, team practice training, and video analysis to goaltenders of all levels. KD Goaltending provides coaching to goalies from the beginner level, Tier 2, AAA, High School, Junior and NCAA.
“Kevin took my son, Nick, from a 1st year house goalie to a travel goalie in less than a season. In my son’s first season in travel, he had the best goals against in his division and was in the top 10 for all LCAHL 06 tier 2. After the 3rd season he made AAA and has since moved onto the USA Development Camp. More importantly, Kevin taught him confidence, good habits, work ethic, and mental toughness. My son went from enjoying the position to LOVING the position. Nick would not be where he is today without Kevin as his coach.”
“My son was a goaltender on a struggling AAA team who had seemingly lost some of his excitement for the game. Just a few weeks after beginning to work with Kevin his passion for the game has been rekindled. Kevin’s active coaching style and instant feedback has really clicked with him and helped him find his love for the position again. Along with the passion for the game, Kevin’s technical expertise has also cleaned up his game quite a bit in a short time. Can’t wait to see what Kevin can unlock in him moving forward.”
“My son has had a great experience working with Kevin this season in both team and individual training. Kevin provides beneficial feedback to the goalie and parents after every session. He is very energetic and motivated to help the goalies get the most out of every practice. He provides continuous updates on dates/times he is available for outside lessons which is very helpful during the season. I would highly recommend Kevin for all levels of goalie training.”
“Kevin’s attention to detail and his ability to clearly communicate / demonstrate the technical aspects of becoming a better goaltender has undoubtedly improved our team’s goalie performance this season. Kevin also possesses the integrity, dependability and passion for improving his student’s abilities that we look for in any coach that works with our team.”
“I started working with Kevin this past summer in preparation for my upcoming freshman year of college. I knew going into the season that NCAA hockey is very different then previous AAA I have been playing, and I expressed to Kevin that I wanted to develop into a college goalie. I frequently worked with Kevin (at least 2 times a week) and I believe he helped advance my skill set immensely. He constantly challenged me and pushed me. He helped me get better every time I stepped on the ice with him. He is constantly expanding his knowledge and therefore helping me expand mine. I will continue working with Kevin for years to come. Kevin helps take everyone’s game to the next level.”
“Yesterday was a sensational day for Bailey and for our family (winning the 16u AAA 2021 National Championship with Little Caesars). I wanted to reach out to say how much we appreciate all that you have taught Bailey in the course of this year as well as all of the support that you have given her! She made amazing progress by taking lessons with you that enabled her to perform at her best and grow her game tremendously. The success keeps coming as Bailey is now committed to play NCAA Hockey at Boston College.”
While KD has played an integral role improving skill development and performance, Kevin’s influence has impacted my son far beyond the crease!
“Kevin has been the Goaltending Coach for the past few seasons for my AAA team’s. The minor details he has focused on with our goaltenders has really shown a large difference in their performance. He has done a very nice job with the goaltenders, and the fact that our goalies love working with him, also helps with their development because of the respect they have for him. This has led to them wanting to work that much harder when he is on the ice with them.”
“What I like most about KD goaltending is the individualized and comprehensive approach. Coach Kevin teaches basic foundational skills all the way through the most current advanced goaltending theory. But it’s not a one size fits all training program. He regularly assesses my Daughters skills and delivers an age appropriate lesson that addresses her individual needs while embracing her creativity and individual style. His program also reaches beyond the crease, teaching critical skills such as off-ice preparation and the mental aspects of the game that have been key to her growth as a goaltender. And while he’s doing all that….she’s having fun!”
“Kevin has been a constant factor in my development over the past eight years and what stands out is his adaptability. Not only adjusting to more goalies as his popularity grows but also practice to practice. No two hours, of what is likely hundreds of hours at this point, ever feels redundant or without purpose. There is always a distinct purpose to each practice and a tangible goal for you to reach by the end of the lesson. On top of that, the drills and practice plans change and grow with the goalie. Kevin has a great ability of assessing where a goalie stands skill-wise and is sure to give that student exactly what they need to make the next step and then the next step.
I’ve never seen a goalie work with Kevin and be in over their head, but at the same time they are pushed on each and every rep. The longer I work with him the more I’ve seen that he knows how to push goalies to limits, but also how to slow down and convey concepts unlike anyone else I’ve worked with. There are a lot of goalie coaches in metro Detroit, but not many coaches can say they have the personality and knowledge to focus in on a goaltender’s individual nuances and needs the way that Kevin Delamarter is capable of.”