Like so many of us right now, Cedrick Andree misses being on the ice.
The Ottawa 67’s goaltender really enjoys being able to lend a hand, or a glove, where possible.
“I think I was always a community guy,” said the 19-year-old netminder, a native of Ottawa himself. “I like being out in the community and doing stuff, especially at the rink. And I like talking to other goalies.”
He and 67’s goaltending coach Charlie MacTavish, with whom he’s trained with for 10 years and has a very close relationship with, came up with an idea for a mentorship program for young goaltenders during the season. Mississauga Steelheads netminder Joe Ranger, who is also a close friend of Andree’s and a product of nearby Carp, Ont., expressed interest in taking part and came up with the idea to host the program via Zoom meetings. From there, the 100 Day Pro-Mindset Habit Building Junior Mentorship Program eventually came to be.
The program launched on May 18th and will run for 100 days every Monday and Thursday online. Ranger and Andree, who both serve as the program’s mentors, help members reach their goals through the use of workouts, training, pregame and postgame drills, and sleep and nutrition tips uploaded to the program’s website. With the use of an app, members’ tasks, challenges and progress can be monitored.
“It’s a really fun thing to do without ice or gyms,” said Andree. “It’s worked out really well so far.”
Members are also welcome to text their mentors at any time, something that Andree notices goes a long way.
“I know a lot of them appreciate it. They text me everyday saying they’re having fun,” he continued.
Until regulations allow players to safely return to the gyms and the rinks, Andree is happy to provide an outlet.
“It puts you in a little community,” he finished. “It’s a lot of fun. I just like being with other goalies.”