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Director

Brad MacCharles

Owner/Director, Empire Goaltending

Brad MacCharles is the Goaltender Coach for the MHL’s (Jr. A) Amherst Ramblers (since 2011/12) and a former Goalie Coach for the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads, 2009/2010 (where one of his goaltenders was the first selected from the QMJHL in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft – Mathieu Corbeil, 4th Rd., Columbus, and the other went on to sign a pro contract with the Montreal Canadiens organization, Peter Delmas).  He also served as the goalie coach for the MHL’s Bridgewater Lumberjacks, 2010/2011.

Brad was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and played his minor hockey with the Centennial/Halifax Hawks organization through Bantam ‘AAA’.  From there, he played two seasons with the Cole Harbour Thunder/Red Wings of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League before making the unlikely leap to the Atlantic Universities Hockey Conference with the Mount Allison Mounties.  Playing for Mount Allison at the age of 18 made Brad the youngest goaltender in the Conference.  He played three years for Mount A, culminating in a final season in which he started 25 of 26 games, finishing among the league leaders in saves and minutes played.  For his final year of University hockey, Brad transferred to Dalhousie and played one year for his hometown Tigers.

Still feeling that he had something to offer Brad turned his energies to coaching and soon a new passion emerged.  Having had very little coaching as a younger goalie, he saw the benefit to position-specific instruction and quickly realized the impact it could have on goaltenders seeking to refine their game.

Brad has been working steadily as a goalie coach for the past 19 years in camps, and with teams, all over Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  Currently, he serves as the Goaltending Coordinator/Instructor for Newbridge Academy in Sackville, NS.  Brad has been a goalie coach for several Major Bantam and Major Midget teams in the province and he’s been a leading Skill Instructor with Hockey Nova Scotia.  In 2011, Brad provided goaltending instruction to the Nova Scotia Canada Winter Games Ringette Team and has worked with several NS Provincial Ringette teams over the past three years.  Brad has been involved with Hockey Nova Scotia’s High Performance Programs and has worked as a Coaching Advisor for Goaltending Instruction/Development with HNS.  He has also been contracted by various Minor Hockey Organizations across the province (NS) to provide goaltender/coach training & development.

Over the past 6 years as a full-time career goalie coach, Brad has mentored some of the best young goalies in the Atlantic Canadian region. He sends more goalies to League Championships and Provincial Championships, places more goalies in the “Major” Leagues (NSMBHL/NSMMHL), and helps more goalies get drafted into Junior.  Brad’s goalies also achieve more success in the “Major” Leagues, consistently being among the statistical leaders and award winners.

Brad is a Dean’s List Graduate (4.0 GPA) of Memorial University’s Bachelor of Education Program and he previously taught in various public schools around Nova Scotia for 4 years (2004-2007).