Matt Stevenson was a passionate hockey goalie who died in a tragic car crash on June 24, 2011. He loved the sport, the goalie position, and had his sights set on helping teach and develop young goaltenders. In Matt’s memory, we have begun a GOALTENDER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM for the NW Ohio hockey community. With the assistance of Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter, Mike Mankowski, Mitch Korn, Shane Connelly, Jimmy Spratt, Josh Unice, Jeff Lerg, Nate Phillips, Trevor Sattelmeier and those who have donated to operate this program, we honor Matt’s memory.
The Head Coach: Liam Conway
Liam Conway joined the Bowling Green Hockey staff as the Director of Operations. 2022-23 will be his first season with the Falcons. Conway spent the 2021-22 season with the Colgate Hockey program, serving in the same role. The Raiders finished the year with an 18-18-4 record, advancing to the ECAC Semifinals before falling to No. 6 Quinnipiac. He spent the year managing responsibilites for the team's road games, including hotels, meals, and travel.
Conway has served as the Head of Goaltending Development at Conway Goaltending since 2015. The program, located in Cleveland, offers world-class goalie trainging through camps, clinics, and private training. He managed the day-to-day operations of summer camps and developed training programs that involved on and off-ice skills, conditioning, and weight training. Conway also served as a Goalie Development Leader with USA Hockey from 2020-22.
Conway spent the 2020-21 season with the Pelham Panthers of the GOJHL, serving as Assistant and Goaltending Coach. In addition to his responsibilities as the goaltending coach, he created practice plans, organized meetings, and maintained the team facilities. That year, he also organized and led goalie sessions for the Fort Erie International Academy U16 and U18 AAA programs. From 2018-20, he was the goalie coach for the GOJHL's Fort Erie Meteors and PJCHL's Niagara Riverhawks. In Fort Erie, he was also the video coach. He analyzed and cut video from practice and games to develop strategies for all position groups.
Conway is a 2021 graduate of Brock University, where he was a member of the lacrosse team. In 2019, the Badgers were the national runner-up. He also played lacrosse at Northland College, where he also played hockey. Conway spent three seasons playing in the GOJHL, playing for the Welland Junior Canadiens, Fort Erie Meteors, Elmira Sugar Kings, and Caledonia Corvairs. In 2013-14, he led the league in saves. In 2014-15, he was the Meteors' MVP and earned a league MVP nomination. In 2015-16, he was part of the GOJHL's lowest GAA tandem and league champion. He is a native of Painesville, Ohio.
Designed for beginner through AAA/High School goaltenders (ages 6-18 yrs), the program is designed to keep the goalie sharp, troubleshoot, and begin the development and education process of goalies and coaches in season. Each clinic consists of a mandatory “classroom” period, teaching and explaining the skills and concepts, followed by an ice session in which those skills are “executed” upon in station format. Goalies, parents and coaches are invited. Each clinic is limited to 28 goalies. There is no fee for this program.