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Meet Goaltending Coach Des Christopher
Coach Des Christopher was hired in the 2005-06 season as the program’s goaltending coach (a position he still holds). In 2009, he was named the head coach of the Bantam A team, finishing with a record of 36-12-4. From 2010-2014, he held the position as assistant coach on the Boys U18 Prep team and won three USA Hockey National titles in four attempts. Christopher also captured the 2010 World Sports School Challenge in Calgary, Alberta as head coach, as former head coach Tom Ward was at World Junior Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. From 2014-16, Christopher served as assistant coach with the Boys U16 team and won back-to-back USA Hockey National titles, the first time in the School’s history. In 2016-17, he was back with the Boys Prep Team and captured the USA Hockey Bronze Medal. On Nov. 24, 2017, Christopher was named the Boys U16 Head Coach, compiling a 17-10-6 record to finish the season.
During his time with the Sabres, Christopher has assisted in helping hundreds of players reach their goal of NCAA hockey. In addition, the awards associated with his time at SSM are impressive - 12 NHL draft picks, 21 USA Hockey National Titles as the Director of Goaltending, five USA Hockey National Titles as an assistant coach, and four Gold Medals at the Hockey Canada World Sport School Challenge. Christopher also serves as Shattuck-St. Mary’s USA Hockey Registrar for all the North American and international players along with coaching certifications for all staff members.
Born in Newfoundland, Canada, Christopher grew up playing minor and junior league hockey in Calgary, Alberta. He represented Hockey Canada in the U17 Team Pacific at the ESSO Cup and collected Top Goaltender Honors. During his last year of junior hockey, he was named to the AJHL all-star game and was named MVP. He also collected team MVP for the Calgary Royals.
Coach Christopher obtained a scholarship to play hockey at Minnesota State University - Mankato in 1994-98. He collected Team MVP and Senior Male Athlete of the year in his final season with the Mavericks. Upon graduation, he signed a contract with Adendorfer EC in Germany and played one season before finishing his career in the WPHL.
In 2000, Christopher was hired as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at MSU (a position he held for nine years) while working on his master’s degree in educational leadership. He owns two Bachelor of Science degrees in Education/Teaching along with his master’s.
In 2002, Coach Christopher formed The Goalie Club, a goalie training company which helps thousands of goalies reach their potential, even as far as the National Hockey League. In 2018, he formed the Minnesota Hook AAA Hockey Development program. This program was formed with a focus on youth hockey skills and character development.
Coach Christopher has assisted in training both over 50 male and female Goaltenders under his guidance at Shattuck St. Mary’s reach Junior A, Major Junior (CHL and USHL), USA Hockey NTDP, NCAA ACHA, NCAA Division III, Division I, ECHL, AHL and NHL.
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