Ryan Honick

President, GDI USA


Ryan is a professional Goaltending Consultant, and the President of GDI USA. He is an understudy of GDI Founder and Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltending Coach Ian Clark and has also studied under Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltending Coach Frantz Jean and recent Carolina Hurricanes Goaltending Coach David Marcoux. Ryan has been coaching since 1999, including 6 seasons in the ECHL, the premier AA Pro Hockey League in North America. Ryan coaches and scouts for the USHL Green Bay Gamblers and the NAHL Springfield Junior Blues. He is the Director of Goaltending for the HPHL Chicago Mission and Goaltending Coach for the NCHA Aurora University Women’s team. He also directs programming for many other organizations in the Midwest, Southeast, and Atlantic regions of the US.

Ryan has worked with 4 goaltenders in the ECHL that have gone on to play in the NHL. Many of his affiliated students play in the professional, collegiate, and amateur levels of the game, and include 10 individual accolades. The 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2009 ECHL Goaltender of the Year award winners, the 2016 USHL Goaltender of the Year, the 2017 and 2016 USPHL-Premier Goaltender of the Year, the 2014 USPHL-Elite Goaltender of the Year, and the 2011 EJHL Goaltender of the Year. He has also seen two of his goaltenders drafted to the NHL and three selected to the US National Team Development Program.

Ryan is a contributing writer for InGoal Magazine, a global online goaltending resource and has presented recently at the Network Goaltending Symposium and USA Hockey Goaltender Coach Certification Pilot Program. Ryan is a Level 5 USA Hockey Certified Coach. He hopes to develop goaltenders throughout the US in an effort to strengthen its goaltending prowess and seek out the talented and ambitious athletes ready to compete at the next level. Now 39, Ryan is from Pittsburgh, PA and resides in Chicago, IL with his wife and Women’s Director Sanya Sandahl-Honick.

Jay Chrapala

Regional Manager, GDI Southeast


Jay is a professional Goaltending Consultant and Regional Manager of GDI Southeast. Retiring from competitive professional play in 2007, Jay joined GDI Southeast the following season. He played at ECAC West Manhattanville College, then went on to play professionally in the ECHL, SPHL, and Europe.

Jay is a USA Hockey Level 5 certified coach. He is currently the Goaltending Coach for the ECAC West Stevenson University and ACHA US Naval Academy Men’s teams. He is the Goalie Coach for the USPHL Skipjacks Hockey Club and was the Director of Goaltending for AYHL Team Maryland for 4 seasons, also serving as a Head Coach and an Assistant Coach during that span. Jay works with many other youth associations, high schools, and individual clients on a regular basis. What makes him unique compared to most other goalie coaches however, is his physiological expertise. Jay is certified by the NSPA as a personal trainer and is also CPR and AED certified. He has consulted for Pioneer Corporate Health, 368 Fitness, and Launch Sport Performance, and is now an official Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Jay has been extremely successful due to his unique style, energy, challenging drills, and the ability to communicate and motivate the top athletes in our goaltending family. Jay is 36, from Hamilton, Ontario and resides in the Washington DC area with his wife Lily.

Johnny Rutledge

Regional Manager, GDI Midwest


Johnny is a professional Goaltending Consultant and the Regional Manager of GDI Midwest. He is a former Goaltending Coach at the Chicago Young Americans and Falcons Hockey Association in IL. Johnny has been coaching the Tier 1 & 2 levels for 15 years.  He is a proud goalie father and a USA Hockey Level 4 Certified Coach.

Ted Monnich

Mental Conditioning Coach, GDI USA


Ted 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. He has served as Head Instructor at Puckstoppers Goaltending School in London, ON, coaches with Goaliepro Consulting Oy in Helsinki, Finland, and lectures and coaches at GDI USA Regional and National level events. Ted currently works as a Mental Skills Coach and Goaltending Consultant with teams, coaches, and players in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, SPHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL, and more.

Ted provides mental training and conditioning coaching to amateur and professional athletes, ensuring that they are as well prepared mentally, as physically, for the rigors of their sport. Ted has a Masters degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is currently a Doctor of Education in Kinesiology student with a focus on Facilitating Flow State and Peak Performance. Ted is a Contributing Author to InGoal Magazine. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and resides near Charlotte, NC.

Sanya Sandahl-Honick

Women's Director, GDI Midwest


Sanya is a professional Goaltending Consultant and the Women’s Director for GDI Midwest. She previously held the same position for Premier Goaltender Development (PGD) in Minnesota for 5 years. Sanya has been chosen the past three summers to be a Goaltending Coach for the USA Hockey National Camps.

She is now the Goaltending Coach for the HPHL Chicago Young Americans Girls Program and an Assistant Coach for their U19 and U16 teams. In addition to these roles, she will retain her responsibilities as Goaltending Coach with MIAC Augsburg College for a 7th season. In 2013/2014, she worked with the WCHA St. Cloud State University Women’s team and last year with ACHA Robert Morris University Women’s team. She has been coaching goaltenders since 2001 and has been directly involved with advancing dozens of girls to the collegiate level through her mentorship and networking skills.

As a player, Sanya was an All-State goaltender for Duluth Central High School. She then played and graduated from Cornell University in 2003 where she was named “All-Ivy League” goaltender in 2002. After a two-year stint playing pro hockey in Switzerland for Damen Hockey Club Langenthal, she continued to play for the Minnesota Whitecaps in the Western Women’s Hockey League, winning the WWHL Championship in 2012.

Sanya brings a knowledgeable and extensive coaching base to us. She has been the head or assistant coach at Totino Grace High School, Maple Grove High School, and Benilde St. Margaret’s High School, all in MN. Sanya ran the Girl’s Goalie Camp for the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN for 3 years. She coached in the prestigious Minnesota High School Elite League from 2008-2015 and was the head goaltending instructor for the Os Hockey Training Program from 2007-2015. Sanya is a Level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach and resides in Chicago, IL with her husband and GDI USA President Ryan Honick.

Oliver Freij

Assistant Manager, GDI Midwest


Oliver has coached with GDI USA since 2007 when he began training as a student. He is now the Goaltending Director for the CSDHL Falcons Hockey Association, as well as Goalie Coach at Bridgedale Academy, and Latin High School. Over the past three seasons more than 10 of his students have advanced to the AAA Tier 1 level. He also serves as one of the Chicago Blackhawks new Emergency Backup Goaltenders for the 2017/2018 season.

Oliver attended the University of Utah and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Communication. He played four years for the university’s club team and was regularly summoned to duty for the ECHL (AA level pro) Utah Grizzlies as their emergency backup and practice goaltender after his collegiate career. Having coached in Utah for many hockey associations, he is also a goalie gear guru, after working in the hockey shop industry for years. His teaching philosophy is driven by building a strong detailed technical game as well as using situational examples based on his experience and that of Professional, Collegiate, and Junior goaltenders.

Oliver is an avid sports and history buff who thrives at soccer when he is outside the rink. He is 30, originally from San Francisco, CA, and grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. He currently resides in Chicago, IL.

Chris Langstaff

Head Instructor, GDI Southeast / Web Designer and Photographer, GDI USA


Chris is 30, a designer and Front-End Software Engineer at NIKE, Inc. (Portland, OR), and a freelance designer, photographer, and web wizard. Chris joined GDI USA in 2011 after playing and graduating from ACHA D1 Lehigh University, earning ECHA all-star accolades in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Chris played prep school hockey at Choate Rosemary Hall before college. His quick analysis, direct approach, and pure sniping abilities have created his reputation of being one of our best coaches.  Originally from Houston, TX, his roots are in DC/Maryland, and he resides in Portland, Oregon.

Elliott Hogue

Guest Consultant, GDI USA


Elliott has been coaching goaltenders for over a decade. During that time, he has traveled across the United States and Canada training goalies from novice to professional. Owner of Hogue Consulting Services, Elliott is currently a Senior Scout with the WHL Victoria Royals. He is also a Goaltending Consultant with the T1EHL Milwaukee Admirals.

As a former D3 goaltender, and being involved in such a wide range of the game, Elliott is a valuable resource to our family and provides them with unique insight on how to develop.

Jeff Jakaitis

Guest Consultant, GDI USA

Three time ECHL Goaltender of the Year and 2015 ECHL Most Valuable Player. Former D1 goaltender, Lake Superior State University.

Brian Mountain

Guest Consultant, GDI USA

Player Adviser Cornerstone Management. Former D1 goaltender, Northeastern University.