The FGRE Leadership Award
The FGRE is proud to name John Alexander as the third recipient of the FGRE Leadership Award for his dedication to goaltending development and for all the goalies he has helped nurture as athletes and people. He joins Joe Bertagna and Jim Logue as recipients of this award.
- John Carratu brings an energy and passion to goalie coaching that is unparalleled
- Former Goalie Coach on the Northeastern Huskies.
- Former Goalie Coach of the Merrimack Warriors
- GCG Coach of the Year award Winner
- Currently the director of coaching for Stop It Goaltending.
- Has coached an All American goaltender, Hobey Baker finalist, Hockey East player of the year, Hockey East goalie of the year, four goalies who signed NHL contracts and three that play in the NHL.
- As a collegiate goaltender at Plymouth State John was a multiple player of the week winner while taking his team to the league playoffs. Upon graduation from Salem State with a degree in education John taught for three years before entering the coaching profession.
John Alexander 2017 Award Winner
- John Alexander brings over 20 years of experience to teaching goaltending and is the president and senior consultant of Alexander Goaltending based in Moncton, New Brunswick.
- John has been the goaltending consultant to the Amherst Junior A Ramblers for 10 years.
- His coaching resume includes 3 years as Goaltending Coach with the University of Moncton Blue Eagles and every AAA level in Minor Hockey where he worked extensively with current EIHL Edinburgh Capitals goaltender, Travis Fullerton.
- He currently acts as a Private Consultant providing technical evaluations on goaltenders playing at all levels to various coaches, recruiters & scouts and is a personal consultant and trainer to several top-level goaltenders and consultant to Minor Hockey Associations.
- His son David is the development goaltending coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Alexander Goaltending Philosophy:
We believe first & foremost the need to view each student as a person and so we strive to make each point of contact with them a personal one while attempting to aid them in the successful pursuit of their passion. We accomplish this by going beyond contact at our camps & clinics to recognize their accomplishments in play and highlights of their personal life.
We believe that the position our students have chosen to play is a very individualized one and that everyone should be allowed to develop his / her own unique style. Although, we ensure students are exposed to the most up to date Goaltending Skills and do make suggestions, at the same time, we encourage the student to adapt, from that, what suits them best.
We do not believe that “one size fits all” and, as such, we break out our camps into distinct levels. This allows for age and skill appropriate drills & instruction from our team of professionals. Our approach is to challenge but not overwhelm the student.
The FGRE is proud to name Jim Logue as the second recipient of the FGRE Leadership Award.
- Played at Boston College from 1959-61
- Began his coaching tenure at Boston College in December 1993
- All totaled, Logue was a member of coaching staffs that won nine Hockey East Tournament titles, six Hockey East regular-season championships, seven Beanpot titles and four national championships (2001, 2008, 2010 and 2012). He was an assistant coach on teams that advanced to 10 NCAA Championship Frozen Fours and eight national championship games.
- Awarded the 2011 Parker-York Award honoring contributions to New England Hockey
- Served as an assistant coach at Salem State for the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons.
- Served as head coach at North Andover High School from 1980-1986
- Served two terms as assistant coach at Merrimack College — from 1983-88 and from 1969-1978. While at Merrimack, Logue also served as a coach in the U.S. Olympic Program from 1972-1976.
- Three-time All-East and All-New England selection (1959-1961) during his time at Boston College. His 2.17 goals against average in 1960-61 still ranks among the school’s best.
- Logue led the Eagles to Beanpot championships in 1959 and 1961, capturing Most Valuable Player honors for his performance in the 1959 tournament.
- Logue was also the goaltender on the 1968 U.S. Olympic squad. He recorded 65 saves versus the former Soviet Union in the Olympic Tournament.
- A member of the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame, Logue’s hockey excellence was further recognized in 1999 when he was one of the initial three former players whose BC jersey was retired.
The FGRE is proud to name Joe Bertagna as the first recipient of the FGRE Leadership Award. Joe has been an innovator and advocate for goaltenders and goalie coaches and his leadership in this field has left a blueprint for all other goalie coaches to follow. It is truly an honor to recognize Joe Bertagna and his lifelong contribution to goaltending and the sport of hockey.
- One of the most influential goalie coaches in North America and widely known for his work with goalies from youth hockey all the way through the NHL.
- 42 years of coaching
- Began directing summer goalie schools in 1974
- Commissioner of Hockey East for 18 years
- 6 Men’s National Championships during his tenure, 4 in the last 7 years
- Overseen national TV contracts with CBS Sport, NBCSN and NESN
- 6 Hobey Baker Award winners in the last 12 years
- Created and helped oversee Hockey East’s Frozen Fenway outdoor games.
- Former commissioner of ECAC for 15 years
- Executive Director of the American Hockey Coaches Association since 1991
- Played at Harvard University, leading the Ivy League with a GAA of 2.45 in 1972
- Played professionally for the Milwaukee Admirals as well as in Italy, leading his team to the Italian Championship in 1975
- Goaltending Coach of the Boston Bruins from 1985-1991 as well as the ‘94-’95 season.
- Served on the staff of the US Men’s National Team for the 1991 Canada Cup.
- Served on the staff of the US Men’s Olympic Team at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
- Launched the Harvard Women’s Hockey Program in 1977-78 and coached for two seasons.
- The Women’s Hockey East Championship trophy changed its name to ‘Bertagna Trophy’ in 2013.
- Created 7 Goaltending DVD’s, the latest of which was released in 2011.
- Currently resides in Gloucester, MA with his wife and three children.