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Personal attention from Coach Tom
 
Cole Scinta
Buffalo Ear of Korn Winner
 
 
 

 

Wow WOW! I know many happy boys got back home last night and were changed for life! I emailed you back in January asking if my son could still attend even though he was not yet 9, and felt honored when you not only replied, but said 9 by December? Then YES! Some parents in a goalie group on Facebook told me your camp is HARD, tough, both physically and mentally and that they would likely not send a child so young yet who has not been goalie for so long. But I knew that even with failure, would come great lessons. And who would believe Crue would be Goalie of the Week!! Thank you, Mitch for these camps and your time. We are forever thankful.

Sarah and Crue Goodman
Maple Grove, MN.

I wanted to send you a thank you for a great week! I feel so lucky that we were able to join camp off the waitlist. Beck had the time of his life and has been bursting with more goalie knowledge than I’ve ever heard him say before. It’s clear you give all you can to these kids and I just want you to know it’s so incredibly appreciated. Hopefully we will see you again next year!

Julia Phillips
Columbus, OH.

Another amazing goalie camp is in the books! Thanks to Coach Korn and his incredible staff for everything! We were very fortunate to have Ryan’s goalie partner Austin with us this year. And Marc won the Quicker Picker Upper award given to the goalie voted as the quickest learner/absorber of information!"

Chris Ocampo
Brookfield, WI..

Here is a picture of Travis with you.! He absolutely LOVED the camp and had an amazing experience! He can’t wait to return! Thanks for all you do for the kids!

Jenn Grayson
Amherst, Ohio.

Thank you, Coach, for everything. You are one hell of a coach and an amazing person. It’s super obvious you love hockey, goalies, and teaching. With zero hesitation, Lachlan said he wants to participate in next year’s camp if he is so lucky as to get a spot again. Wishing you well

Lauri Mauger
Belmont, CA.

Thank you for all you do for the kids! The way you and your coaches work with the kids is 2nd to none!! I have coached for over ten years and seen many camps. This is Aaron’s 4th year ( 3 in St Louis and now Lockport) and he can’t stop talking about you and the camp. THANK YOU!! I really can’t say thank you enough.

Nick Lefebvre
Round Rock, Texas.

My son Ryan absolutely loved the camp and is looking forward to coming back next year. On a personal note, as a hockey player and coach for the last 36 years I’ve never been to, run, or observed a more well run, disciplined and educational camp one as the one you run. Thank you for all you do and enjoy the much-deserved rest you will get after the end of camp.

Alex & Julie Bielecki
Victor, NY.

Thank You so much for a wonderful camp experience. You and your staff find the perfect balance of challenge and support to help these goalies find their best selves. Raffi feels he belongs when he’s at camp and he said the real work starts now taking all he’s learned and following up on it. As a parent I truly cannot thank you or your amazing staff of coaches, counselors, and shooters enough for creating such a great environment for goalies to learn AND support each other. On a personal note, my mother is ill and Raffi is very close with her. He sent her photos from camp and spoke with her at night about all he did and I think it did great things for them both.

Rebecca Podniesinski
Keene, NH.

Thank you again for the best goalie camp experience. It was so great that he got to see friends he made from last year and make some new ones. Matthew loves every second of your camp. Ever since he went last year his outlook on goalie changed to everything you taught him and he has applied this knowledge to many other aspects of his life too. Thank you again, he can’t wait to come next summer (and I am already starting to prepare emotionally for the stressful competitive registration process!!) He still has one summer left before aging out but already mentioned he would be very interested to be a counselor for you after he ages out.

Debbie Marino
Long Island, NY.

Thank you again for all the hard work and dedication that you put into your camp. My daughter Ashleigh has gone to many camps and worked with a lot of different coaches and you and your program are her absolute favorite. I notice a huge difference in the way she thinks about the game afterwards and it really motivates her even more to succeed. So, thank you again and I hope that you have a great rest of the summer!

Rob Maurice
Bristol, CT..

What a great program you and your team ran. This was my son, Anthony’s first experience and we were both impressed. Anthony is an observer and I don’t usually get feedback right away. Every day he told me how much fun he had and couldn’t wait to go back aside from explaining everything in detail. He said that this was the greatest camp he has ever and will probably ever get to attend. Thanks for all you guys did this week! It was an amazing experience. Can’t wait for next year!

Ellen M.
Islip, NY.

My son left your camp today and told me that he was honored to have attended your camps. Such an amazing week! Your speech at the end had me teared up. Great lessons you give these kids both on and off the ice!! Thank you.

Jeannine Huey
Pittsfield, MA.

Here is the picture we took with you and Matt. He had another great week at Korn camp and was incredibly excited and proud to be selected as a “goalie of the week”. He very much looks forward to the camp each year and every day he walks out of the rink feeling like he learned something even though he is a repeat camper. All of us appreciate that you really don't have to do these summer clinics given your position in the NHL (which as Islander fans we are also thankful for!) but you are clearly committed to working with the kids and they actually get to learn from you--it's not just a camp with your name slapped on the brochure. All the best.

Jeremy Clifford
Woodbury, CT.

Thank you so very much! Gideon wrote a little thank you note. It is so cool he got to be next to you in the team pic! He has so much fun at your camp and learns a ton. Thank you for all you (and your staff) do. We all appreciate it.

Kimberly Clavin
Dublin, Ohio.

Maddox was so excited to win the Korn Award and I’m thankful he had the opportunity to join your camp this year after trying the last two years to enroll. I wish I was able to attend but was tied up. Maddox and I talked every day about the concepts he learned and reviewed his notebook together last night. Being a Combat Marine, I try to teach the boys about mindset and attitude on a deep level and I am very thankful that you noticed those traits in Maddox this past weekend. He has worked very hard and continues to do so. Thank you for making this an enjoyable camp and one Maddox will always remember and look forward to every year. We can’t say enough about Maddox’s experience. We had high expectations of camp but were completely blown away. Thank you for teaching character above all else. This is something we talk at great lengths about with Maddox. He can be a lot sometimes but I appreciated your banter with him to keep it fun where a lot of times he is punished for being a little different.

Johnny and Borah Dawson
Hilliard, Ohio.

Thank you again so much for last week. Will had an amazing time, learned so much and came out being more excited and confident about his abilities as a goalie – he is looking forward to showing people what he learned (& coming back next year). Hope the rest of your summer is just as incredible for you. Kind regards

Kris and Will Huckaby
Blacklick, Ohio.

Your Defense and Goalie camps are amazing. My son has had the best experiences at them and he loves all the coaches and counselors. Kudos to you all and thank you for all you do!! We can’t wait for next year.

Cori Wolfe
Boubonnais, Illinois.

Thank you again for helping Easton this past weekend at camp! Easton struggles at times. He does like to talk and that is something we are working on. This was the best money we have ever spent on a camp! I was so impressed at how well it was run and how the coaches, mentors and counselors each took time to work with all the goalies, even our Easton. The knowledge you and your team shared with these kids was a true gift. I can only hope that he gets to attend many more times over the years.

DJ Watts
Liberty Township, Ohio.

Thank you for an amazing camp in Duluth. Luke had a blast and absorbed the week like a sponge. His skills, confidence, and passion for the position have been boosted to another level. On the long trip home and since, “Mitch stories” have trickled out and continue to be retold with excitement. Observing you manage and maneuver all goalies, shooters, and coaches is like watching a well-orchestrated circus.

Dan Lakatos
Bozeman, MT..

Thank you for a fantastic experience! I’ve never seen Simon so enthused with being a goalie, and his stories may never end. Safe travels and hope to see you next year.

Morgan Hickey
Colleyville, Texas.

Thank you for a FANTASTIC camp. You and your whole team are phenomenal! We really respect the organization and attention to detail you all provide. Already looking forward to next year!

Justin Stefanacci
Allen, Texas.

Jaden has so much respect for you as a coach and as a person. He is honored to attend your camps and learns so much from your 4 days which he cannot seem to get anything comparable anywhere else. Good coaches are hard to find but great coaches are almost impossible. Thank you for your greatness and all you do for the kids. Jaden loves your camp so much.

Jill Montgomery
Dubuque, Iowa.

I'm Rorry, Leo's Dad. I just wanted to reiterate what a terrific camp you have. I first learned of it about a year ago as I had been tasked with 'coaching' the goalies by Leo's head coach, a guy named Joe Bonnett who works for USA Hockey and says he knows you. I'm not a goalie coach, so I had to borrow many drills, ideas and so forth, a lot of those yours, so thank you for being the resource you are. Leo was understandably nervous at the start being a Colorado kid and going to Minnesota for a camp. I thought he did well and gained a lot of confidence throughout the week. It doesn't hurt that you are a very engaging person and you set him at ease right away. He had a blast and really enjoyed being your pupil for the week. He made a lot of friends and has already insisted on attending next year which we will surely do. Many, many thanks and all the best as you your crew move onward through the summer.

Rorry Hillis
Colorado Springs, Co..

Hey Mitch! … I wanted to thank you for holding the goalie camps that you do during your summer months. I always thought it was amazing that someone at the top of their profession would be willing to help form the foundation on the next generation of goaltenders. I was also always impressed with your intensity, sense of humor, character, and relatability to each individual goalie on the ice.  You have made many memories for me, with my son David, because it gave me the opportunity to see him develop and grow into an incredible goaltender with a positive attitude, and, also into the man he is becoming. Thanks for all that you do.

Greg Myers
Liverpool, NY.

This is Henry’s (14-year-old from Chicago) mom. We are thrilled that he was able to experience Korn Camp! We were very impressed with all the coaches and how efficiently and smoothly the camp is run. Henry loved the teaching style, how explanations were simple and clear, and how you all broke down the components of goaltending. He enjoyed practicing the drills, including new ones. New moves he learned were the half butterfly and butterfly extensions. He commended the learning environment and positive vibe of the camp. He came home ready for the season with the mentality to “keep going, just make saves even if you give up goals.” His summary of the camp was that it was the best goaltending camp he has attended and that it was “pretty fun” — it is hard to impress a teenager, so the translation is Korn Camp is AMAZING! Thank you to Mitch and all the coaches!

Michelle Siu
Chicago, Illinois

Here’s a picture of you and my son, Daniel Zakula. He attended the July 24 -27 Goalie Camp in Reston, VA and had the time of his life! His dad and I were very impressed with your camp and can’t thank you enough for the time you make available to these kids in addition to your NHL responsibilities. Daniel wants to attend next year as well!

Dana Zakula
Centreville, VA.

I wanted to share what Cailyn said to me the last day of camp that I think you'd appreciate. We're in the car and I ask her what her favorite drill was and what she liked about that day. Then I asked her "Do you feel you're a better goalie after the camp?" Her response was…"maybe, but I really understand a lot more now. I'm a smarter goalie, I understand why I'm doing things the way I should. I got a lot out of the classroom stuff, more than I thought." Thanks for an amazing camp experience! And your staff did an incredible job while you had to try to win the CUP… lol. Great group.

Derrick Tackett
St. Peters. Missouri.

Hope you are recovering from the camps! Thank you (and your awesome staff) for an amazing camp... it'll take Parker a long while to come down off the high he is on! He'll treasure that ear of Korn he won. See you next summer!

Megan Coriell
Bowie, Maryland.

Thank you again for everything at the Niagara Falls camp. We are very grateful from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and all you bring to this sport and athletes in it. You make the game better and improve the quality of lives on so many levels for those who love this amazing game. I was very impressed with how simple yet effective you run your ship. Your words, kindness, expertise, knowledge, humor and just who we got to know you are through your actions in a short period of time were so inspiring.

Please know that as his mom, I am forever grateful that Gavin got to experience you being an amazing role model for him in a spirit he loves. Your staff benefits in the same way. While our interaction has been brief, I'm blessed for my son and want to say thank you again. You helped give him an experience of a lifetime. He left a better person and learned a bunch of new skills to help him. That is truly priceless to get both. Many thanks again Coach.

Dana Goodwin
Houston, Texas

Jonah completed the Korn goalie camp today. He had an amazing time and learned so much. He left an inspired and better goalie. At the closing ceremony, Mitch made sure to stress the most important things, aside from being a good hockey player…get an education, be a good person, and be grateful and thankful for what you have. Mitch Korn, you are a true mensch and one heck of a teacher!

Joyce Kammerman
Maryland

My sons had a great experience, and we all came away very inspired. I am attaching the picture they took with you. Thanks again!

Douglas Dowe
Virginia

Wrapped Ben's last day of Korn goalie camp today. He was tired after 16 hours on ice over 4 days (plus off-ice classroom), but he can't stop talking about what he learned at the best goalie camp in the country. Also want to give a huge shout out and THANK YOU to not only Mitch, but also to John Benham. Both men were my first real "bosses" when I was dropped off in 1998 at 15 years old to work as a summer counselor at Miami Hockey School. Believe it or not, that's only 4 years older than Ben is now! But the lessons I learned from John and Mitch over those summers still stay with me today, and for that I am so lucky and grateful.

Ted Bartlett
Pittsburgh, PA

We are very grateful for the chance to be coached by you and your staff. When Mikey first attended your camp, it was the beginning of an exciting journey. Not only about becoming a better goaltender, but about the life lessons you talk and teach along the way. Every year of camp is a refresher course on hard work, dedication, and commitment. I thank you for that. What you and your staff do for all the kids is great and there are no words that can show the appreciation parents have. Looking forward to next year's camp already.

Mike Sitler
Coram, NY

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for inspiring Frederick to care so deeply about his goaltending and helping to develop his goaltending skills. He only started playing hockey (and goalie) in 2016 when he was 12, just before going to your Korn camp in CT for the first time. This year, after years of hard work, he made his 18U AA travel team — so he will be playing 60 games — 40 with his travel team and 20 as varsity goalie on his high school team. I also watched him in the 2019-2020 season go from being the JV goalie on the high school team and third on the depth chart, to being elevated to the number one goalie for the Varsity team by the playoffs and playing in the Varsity high school championship game. This year his team won the Varsity championship. Additionally, for the past 2 years, he has volunteered as an assistant coach for the Girls 12U and 14U travel teams, coaching the goalies. So, thank you for inspiring his passion for the game, for the position, and for coaching — you are a great role model and teacher!

Michael Horowitz
Maryland

Thank you for a great week! This camp has been amazing. You and your staff are just the best. We have loved everything about our time here and Patrick has learned so much. We are already looking forward to seeing you again next year!

Shelley McCarron
Colorado

After seeing your work today, I think Legend is an appropriate title for you. Nice meeting you today no matter how brief (my son is the one from San Jose). I’ve never seen him so engaged in a camp and so excited to go back the next day. I hope to get a picture with you and Max by the end of the camp. I have goalies in CA who are already wanting to sign up for next summer just based off of photos and comments I posted today.

Mike Reed
San Jose, CA

Just a quick thank you from Clara’s parents. She came home every day with a big smile on her face and incredible stories of the valuable things she learned and the smart, kind and helpful coaches who guided her along the way. We feel incredibly lucky for Clara to have been able to participate in camp. We hope to see you again soon.

Dani and Mike Peroni
Westport, CT

Thanks so much for all your do for our kids. My son Ryan had a great time and can’t wait until next year. Your staff does a truly amazing job!! Thanks again for everything.

Donny Haberski
Saugerties NY

I just wanted to say thank you. Patrick had a fabulous time at camp. He said it’s the best training he’s ever received. I am so happy that you have Sam Mignoli’s memory in your heart and that Patrick was able to come and represent that memory. This was a memorable opportunity for him, and this single mom doesn’t know if she could’ve been able to provide it otherwise. Thank you for passing your knowledge to all the kids, especially mine. I will forever be grateful thank you so much.

Kim Reilly
2021 Sam Mignoli Scholarship Winner

Connor’s mouth ran about 2.5 hours of our 4.5 hours ride home. He has his favorites, like Alvin of course. All the coaches, counselors and shooters were great, and this camp truly is a real blessing to be a part of. I believe much of who Connor is has to do with what he learned at that very first camp. He can’t be swayed by peers, he’s very confident but not arrogant. Always love the “new and improved” kid I ride home with after the camps. Thanks Mitch, for all that you and your crew do! It really is a very special program and we’re so grateful to be a part of it.

Kary Calabro
Oswego, NY

My son Lucas Egan just wrapped up his first Camp in Cincinnati. I wanted to let you know he had a great time. While you were missed due to playoffs, your coaches and counselors did an amazing job. Their enthusiasm and engagement were awesome. I have 2 hockey players that attend camps of one kind or another each year, and I have never seen anything like that. My son is an extremely quiet kid. After camp wrapped, many of your staff passed by and congratulated him, and wished him well by name. They made that effort! Really cool stuff. Hope to see you next year!!!!!

John Egan
Wayne, NJ

The camp was fantastic both in terms of its life lessons and because of the glimpse you give kids into the focus necessary to succeed at the highest levels. Oliver told me each day what he learned both about playing goal and about being a goalie. He had a blast.

Bill DeSanto
Scarsdale, NY

A sincere thank you to you and your staff for all your hard work and dedication to these goalies! We have never been to a better camp and hope someday Dante gets to help young goalies follow their dreams!

Tiffany Sousa
Dudley, Mass.

I just wanted to thank you and the staff for a great experience during the CT camp. Noah had an incredible time and I've never seen him so excited and exhausted at the same time when I picked him up. He talked about all the staff members who helped him during the week and didn't have a single negative thing to say about the people or the overall experience. So kindly pass that message along to the staff. You all made an incredibly positive impact.

Kevin Schenenga
Rhode Island

I just wanted to send a massive thank you for working with kids during your off-season. My husband and I are both teachers, and we like to think we are good at recognizing people who know exactly how to communicate with kids. Your opening talk was amazing. You are a wonderful, natural teacher and I cannot express how grateful I am that you give of your time to work with the next generation. We feel extremely lucky that our son was able to attend one of your camps.

Laura Monti
New York, NY

Thanks Mitch! Marisa had such a great experience - I can't thank you enough. I've never seen her so tired yet so pumped up at the same time. The part about equipment was very helpful since I have no experience with or knowledge of hockey at all - I'm just the chauffeur and the cheering section! Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Heather Montoya
Shrewsbury, Mass.

Thank you very much! Danny had a great time this week and most importantly he learned a lot from you and your staff! Hope to see you next year! Btw. Great job running these camps! Your staff is awesome! Kids are Having fun while learning.

Alex Dedvukaj
Trumbull, CT

My son Nick Tusinski was at the St Louis camp. As a lifetime Islanders fan, he was excited to see them make it so far. He had an awesome time and learned so much at camp. It was a great experience.

Michelle Tusinski
Colorado

My son Ian and I spent 4 days at the camp in Cincinnati and, although we both greatly missed having the opportunity to see you there, we completely understand why you couldn't be there due to the schedule shift for the NHL Playoffs. In fact, we were probably almost as disappointed as you that the Islanders didn't advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. I grew up on Long Island and regularly attended Islander games as a kid going all the way back to their first season in 1972-73. Ian and I were both rooting for the Isles to keep winning and were sorry that it came to an end for you a little short of the ultimate goal.

Anyway, despite your absence, Ian rated his experience at camp as a "solid 10" (his words), and I would have to agree. Nick Johnson, together with the help of the entire staff, did an excellent job of staging and running the camp every day. There was very little down time for the kids, and that alone distinguished the camp from other hockey camps that Ian has attended. The staff kept the kids busy, and Ian really enjoyed that. I was able to watch most of the afternoon ice activities daily and was really impressed by the creativity of the various stations and the props that were used to help test and develop skills. Ian loved the white pucks and mini pucks.

John Ertmann
Columbus, Ohio

I would like to tell you that your camp was amazing. My 07 son had a blast and said it was the best camp he has ever been at. He adored your choice of staff. Said they pushed him hard and taught him a lot of technical details that he absorbed like a sponge. He was truly exhausted each even but chattered up a storm telling me things about proper skate sharpening and time of puck travels. My son has clambered at me saying he hopes we can make it again next year. So, hopefully with luck we will. !

TJ Brownson
Appleton, Wisconsin

Both our goalie daughter, and our defenseman son had an incredible time, and they hope to return next year. We appreciate all your efforts and total transparency with a rough schedule throughout the tough past two seasons.

Crystal Shannon
Florida

I’m sitting here at Webster Groves waiting for the kids to hit the ice and finish the last session, and I can honestly say that I wish we had like 2 more days. This Camp has been amazing. Your coaching staff is AWESOME, and we love all of the structure, attention to detail, and the in-depth conversations that they are having with these kids. This camp couldn’t have come at a better time, and It's not all because of the content. It’s also the atmosphere. From my perspective, he was carrying over what he had picked up in this camp and taking it right to tryouts!! And it was the absolute best I’ve ever seen him in a tryout. The classroom blocks combined with the ice portion is unlike anything Jack has ever experienced, and this is the most I have ever heard him talk about the position itself, the equipment associated with it, and the strategy required. I just wanted to take this time to extend the appreciation of myself and my wife. Now we know why this is one of the bests camps in North America! We’ll see you again next year, wherever we must go.

Matt Rogers
St. Louis, MO

Hey Mitch! … I've been a slacker not sending the pic with Evan.  I've been able to see the difference you've made in my goalie’s life.  I could go on and on about how amazing your camp is and the skills my guy learned but I'm sure you hear that often.  But, I want to share what you did for his mentality. Evan Jensen had a rough first season as a goalie. He comes from a small rural hockey program that pulls from 3 schools to make a team. He was asked to play up and was over the moon as it was his chance to be the goalie. As long as the kid has been on the ice (4+ years) he has always made his way in the net, it was like it was part of who he was.  Evan took 671 shots in goal this last season. The team won only 2 games. He was very defeated by the last month of the season. He asked to skate out his last couple of games saying "I just want hockey to be fun again".

As his parents, we thought he had lost his passion. He had no interest, and the twinkle in his eye when he was putting on his pads was gone. The week before your camp, we had to have a heart to heart with him. He needed to decide if he wanted to do this because we did not want to take this experience away from someone who would appreciate it more. Evan said he was still a goalie and wanted to give it a go. That first day, I was convinced we were out of our league and that someone was going to come to us to say so. That didn't happen. What happened was an amazing bunch of coaches taking time and patience to teach my child. He thrived!  I was beyond proud to see his determination to finish out every drill despite being the last to finish. He was upset when camp was over. What you gave him was his passion back!  He has worked on his skills nearly daily and we often hear "Coach Korn said".  He is excited for the season to start. To see this kid go from showing such passion for something he loves, to thinking it might be the end, and then coming back to that passion has been well worth every penny spent by this goalie mom.  So, THANK YOU!  Also, a huge THANK YOU to your coaching staff that didn't treat him differently because he was the littlest and least experienced!  He thrived in your environment. Hopefully, we will see you again next year!

Jessica Jensen
Duluth, MN
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I want to thank you for an AMAZING week.  Kenny can’t stop talking about you, his experience, his new friends and the counselors.  He (and we) learned so much.  I truly believe that this is a lifelong memory for ALL of us.   P.S…I still can’t get over seeing you skate around that rink with your leg up at age 62!!

Diondrea Tribett
Edgewater, NJ

Mitch, my son Evan Scruggs earned "Child of the Korn" award at one of your past defenseman camps in Nashville a decade ago. Thanks to you and your staff, his top notch defense skills served him well over all these seasons, the last two as captain of Father Ryan's team. Thanks for all you do for youth hockey!

Christine Scruggs
Nashville, TN

My son loves the St. Louis Camp. 4th year there and can’t wait to go back next year. Thank you for your hard work with all the players.

Kristin Davison
Elburn, Illinois

My son has grown so much as a goaltender because of your camps. It is always an enjoyable time both by watching my son work hard and you and your staff making the goalies work hard. I look forward to seeing my son's improvement this season because of these camps. I appreciate you and your staff's commitment and dedication to helping make these young kids become better goalies. It is totally worth the anxiety and worry on registration day!

Monica Steele
Rossford, Ohio

Thank you, Mitch Korn and your team for once again putting on the best camp I’ve ever seen (player or goalie) and for dedicating your time and passion to all these kids. We are blessed to be part of it and my son Tommy is already looking forward to next summer!

Tommy Prate
Austin Texas

Lucas really enjoyed your camp. He loved your stories too. You are a great inspiration for him. From our heart, thank you.

Kelly Bilodeau
Port Colborne, Ontario Canada

Once again, thank you for a great camp! Dylan continues to learn from you and he had a blast! It’s hard to believe that he’s been coming to camp since he was a mite … (Yes, we do still have the Ear of Corn!). As a mom, I not only want to thank you for the time and effort that you put in daily but also for the talks that you give to the boys. As you know, it’s one thing to hear about being a good person, a good student and staying away from drugs from your parents, it is another when it comes from someone that you admire. So, thank you for not only developing my son as a goalie but also as a person. Thank you again!

Michelle Stefan
Novelty, Ohio

Here is the picture of Quinn with you guys as promised. Great memories for him! Thank you for everything. Thank you for making them better. Your camps are the best so do not change anything. We will be there next year for two camps.

Stephan Badeau
Palm Harbor, Florida

Thanks for an amazing camp, Mitch. Luke learns more from you in 4 days than he does in an entire hockey season and year of school.

Julie Trent
Greenwich, CT

I just wanted to send a huge thanks to you, your coaches, counselors, shooters and local coordinator. They made this experience so incredible for Owen. Every station and drill he received corrections and feedback from somebody. None of your staff was ever negative or frustrated. I can’t tell you how much joy I received from watching Owen smiling, joking with the staff and other campers and making saves that he wasn’t able to make 8 days ago. You run an incredible camp. Your energy is infectious and it is no wonder that you have loyal staff and success follows all the goaltenders you coach. Owen has been non-stop quoting ‘Mitchisms’ all week long. He definitely respects you and was hanging on to every word and was eager to work hard for you. He even liked all of your jokes the second time around! You talked on the first day about not knowing what elite is. I sure don’t know what it is in a 10-year old goalie, but your knowledge, enthusiasm and passion certainly are ELITE. Thank you and your staff again for everything.

Brian Slater
Brooklyn, NY

Just wanted to thank you for what was a great experience for my son Aaron. He loved the camp and kept talking about what an impact it will make in his goaltending this season. Aaron also mentioned your words of wisdom about being thankful, doing things you love and moving out of your comfort zone. I truly appreciate that mentoring for these kids. Aaron being chosen “Hardest Working” was a great honor and the hat is displayed proudly in his room. I’ve attached the photo. Good luck in the upcoming NHL season!

Andrew Kail
Westport, CT

Just wanted to let you know how much my son enjoyed Defense Camp. All the coaches were awesome. We have done other camps, but this was by far the best since it was defense specific. We will see you again.

Mary Medley
Florissant, MO

I wanted to thank you and all the staff for putting all your time and effort into this camp. I really enjoyed working with you because you really make sure everyone in the camp gets better at playing goalie and enjoys playing goalie. You have a weird humor but I enjoy it. It definitely shows you care and you want to have fun with it but when it’s time to work you make sure everyone is trying and working their best. Thank you so much again for you and your staff making the special experience I had. Hope you keep doing what you're doing to make us better goalies. I’m sorry I didn't get to say thank you in person, but we needed to get on the road. Thank You!

Elizabeth Bowers
Duluth Camp

I have known Mitch Korn since 1989 when he coached my son Mark Michaud. His professional guidance made Mark an excellent goaltender. He starred at Miami of Ohio for 4 years - 1989-1993. Following the CCHA playoffs in 1993, Mark went on to sign a 2 year contract with the Ottawa Senators and then signed a one year deal with the Florida Panthers in 1995. Thanks to Mitch’s guidance in the early part of his university career, Mark became a superior goaltender. Following the success with my son, I took my grandson Shayne Dietl to two of Mitch’s summer goaltending camps in Nashville. His superb coaching enabled Shayne to play 2 years of Jr. A hockey in Canada as the starting goaltender. Unfortunately, my grandson Shayne was killed in a car accident on December 17, 2017. He was in his 3rd year of Medicine at University in Florida. I mention all of this to show what an influence Mitch had on his life. He not only coached him in his hockey career, but most importantly made a super young man out of him. I can remember the positive conversations Mitch had with Shayne. He had a message for all of his goalie school attendees…it was not only about improving their hockey skills but most importantly how they should proceed through life whether they make it in hockey or not. My deepest thanks to Mitch for his influence in both my son’s life and especially for his influence on my grandson’s short life. Mitch you are the MAN. Wishing you a lot of luck in your new endeavors with the Islanders. Congrats on the CUP!

Ian Michaud
Proud Dad and Grand Dad
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Our son Jacob has not stopped talking about your camp all week. On our way home, he said “it was the best 4 days of my life”. We can’t thank you enough for your time, commitment and love of goaltending. We are amazed how you run the camp. Truly exceptional!! Jacob will be forever touched by you. We hope to see you again next year. We wish you the best of luck in the NHL. We look forward to following you!!! Thanks again for everything!

Paul, Elissa & Jacob Wells
Castleton, NY

I just wanted to say thank you for the enormous impact you’ve had on my daughter, Katie. She attended your camp in St Louis in June and talks nonstop about what you said during the camp, and she applies it to her practice. I’m proud of the goalie she’s become after having played for only three years. As any girl goalie would, she has her heart set on becoming an Olympic goalie. With your influence, I’m pretty sure she could get there. Katie did October Saves last year and I just signed her up again. Hoping to raise more money this year!!! Thanks for all you’ve done for youth goalies. You are amazing.

Carol Sheahan
Oak Lawn, Illinois

Hey Mitch, it's James Bond from the Connecticut camp. I just wanted to write this to thank you for all that you taught me at the camp. I learned so much and i am using all learned at camp in my game and think I am playing much better than before. Congrats on signing with the Islanders. Good luck hope to see you next year at camp.

James Bond (yes, really)
Bronx, NY

Congratulations on your Stanley Cup win! In March I was lucky enough to be at your game when Alex Ovechkin scored his 600th goal. My mom, dad, and brother all watched every Capitals game in the playoffs and were thrilled when they saw you with the team after the final Cup victory. You are a great coach and a great man; you certainly deserved this! As I write this I am reminiscing; I first met you in summer of 2002 when my older brother attended your Defensemen’s Camp in Cleveland Heights, OH. Then I had the opportunity to attend three of your Goalie Camps, one in Duluth, MN, one in Cincinnati, OH. and one in Nashville, TN. Finally, I was a counselor for your Goalie Camp in Cincinnati in summer 2015. When I was going through a discouraging time in high school, you sent me an e-mail and encouraged me to see it through. Well, I did, and ended up having a great high school career and then rostering for four years as a college goalie at Indiana Tech. I learned the value of hard work and perseverance. In college, I didn’t always get to play, but I always suited up and was a part of the team. I often would remember your words in my head. It meant a lot to me to earn one of your hats for the week for being the hardest worker. Mitch, you have always been an inspiration to me.

Braden Susnik
Former camper and Counselor…now all grown up

Wanted to thank you for making it possible for Luke to attend your camp in Niagara. You provide an incredible experience for the kids, I understand why your selling out in seconds! Look forward to the opportunity to come again next year.

Susan Romney
Longwood, Florida

It has been a couple of weeks since our 1st experience at your Goalie Camp, and I wanted to let you know our (Kiran and my) thoughts. First. Thank you. It was extremely generous of you to provide this camp to the October Saves program, and I know Kiran will be contributing to October Saves again this year. Second. The camp was exceptional. All of the coaches and staff created a professional atmosphere focused on development and fun for every single camper ... in a supportive and inspirational manner. This exists in particular because of the example you give. Your energy and enthusiasm was contagious. Lastly. You continuously referred to the 'Bigger Picture' with real life messaging around trying one's best, being a good neighbor/co-goalie, not taking anything for granted, being appreciative and trying your best to achieve your dreams. All I can say is keep it up and hopefully we'll see you again next year.

Greg Bishop
Peterborough, CANADA

I have been slow sending this picture to you from St. Louis, of Alex your Mr. Compete award winner. He had a fantastic camp again this summer and I am pretty sure he hasn’t taken that hat off since you gave it to him. We really appreciate the time you put in to all of your camps, it is so meaningful that you are on the ice and in the classroom with them. I can’t tell you the number of times last year after a game when Alex and I were driving home and I would ask about a play or save, most often Alex would begin with “well I just thought about when Mitch said…” I hope the rest of your camps went just as well as St. Louis and we hope to see you there again next year! Best of luck with the Islanders, it is a huge loss for the Caps to lose both Barry Trotz and you.

Andi Robinson
Kennebunk, Maine

Congratulations again Mitch I can say it’s very sad to see you leaving the Caps but there is no better reason than to support your friends and family. I would argue that Trotz falls in to the family category!! So thank you for helping bring the Cup here to DC. I have been a Capitals fan since 1982 so it’s been a long time coming. Thank you on a personal note for your work with Maggie she is still talking about camp, you and your staff have stoked the fire in her Goalie hart!! But most important good luck in your new year and job!!! We will see you next summer.

John Cowden
Manassas, VA

Thank you so much for all the energy and passion you put into this camp. It was memorable! Nathan learned a lot and I can’t wait to hear him tell his dad about it. He hopes to come back next year. Thank you so much! PS, if anyone has video of him doing the flip, I’d love to see it! Crazy. The important thing is he did make some new friends and learned more about being a goalie.

Suzy, Petr and Nathan Hornik
Lemont, Illinois

A belated thanks for St. Louis. What an experience for both of us. Logistically, your orchestra was beautiful — smooth, professional, highest quality staffers. You taught my son about the nuances and details of a very technical position. Practically, you held the campers to the highest standards of excellence which will serve them well both on and off the ice. While it may be a slight exaggeration, my son learned more in four days than in a year of school! From my personal vantage point, you reinforced that deep knowledge, adherence to a process and setting a high bar for performance always yields results. Both Luke and I are looking forward to next year.

Julie O’Neil
Darien, CT

I would like to thank you for the amazing and insightful experience I had while at your camp in Northford, CT. I have never been to a camp that has opened my eyes and challenged my body quite like yours did. The ideas and concepts you talked about made me realize that goaltending is a much deeper and complex position than I had even imagined. The idea of Head Trajectory has really made me think about the way I skate around the crease, track the puck, and play the position as a whole. Not overreacting on easily handle-able wrist shots and simply shifting so I am able to be square to the puck has eliminated a problem in my game that has been plaguing me for some time. Also, being a small goalie (only 5'7"), you taught me how to play bigger than I am, using every inch of my body to provide as little space as possible for the puck to go in. In the past year or so, it has become clear to me that goaltending is something that I want to be in my life as I grow older. I have also realized that the only way I would be able to become proficient at this position and have a chance to play higher levels is that I would have to work and compete to become the best goaltender that I can possibly be. I realize that I have to become quicker, smarter, and more mentally sound then any of the taller goalies if I want to be successful. But it was with your camp that has gotten me much closer to my goal. There aren't many people like you, who (especially with all of the success you have seen working in the NHL with some of the best goalies to play the game) spend their time planning camps to share the knowledge you have learned over the years with aspiring young goalies like me, and do so many of these camps over the course of the summer for so many years. And for that I am extremely appreciative and thankful. It was an honor to even talk to you about the position, let alone actually work with you on the ice. Thank you for this memorable experience, and I hope I can come back next year to work hard and become even better.

Adam Bloodgood
New Jersey

First off, I'd like to thank you for giving Jonathan an opportunity to work with you and your team. He has been all smiles and you guys have made him feel like family. Both Anthony and Thomys had an amazing time and have learned so much. They are all begging to come back next year. I have met with many goalie coaches and by far the way you run your camp is the best. Your control, presence and style make it so unique. Your years of experience show in every minute you are on the ice. Thank you for everything..

Daniel Pyke
Quebec, Cananda

I just have to drop you a note. As a teacher, I must say that your command of your classroom is simply amazing! On ice, to keep 40+ students plus counselors and staff organized and on point is truly a skill that is not often seen. Over the last 12 years we have been to many goalie camps…and yours is by far the tops! Your attention to the detail with every station, every student and the duties of all those that work with you is incredible. Thank you for the amount of your time that you must dedicate to make this amazing program run and to bring it to our kids. I do have one request. Do you have your opening camp speech recorded somewhere and if it is, may I use it? I would love to show that in my classroom at the start of the school year. That speech is more than just Hockey, it is about life and the choices they will make every day. Thank you again.

Sheri Carter
Iowa

Thank you for all you do. I have been a coach for both football and hockey for over 20 years. I have worked with many coaches and at many camps where the coach "runs the camp" in name only. You are on the ice with the kids, giving them high fives, encouraging them to improve but more importantly teaching. You are also in the classroom giving instruction. You are readily accessible to the kids and it is really appreciated. My son really enjoyed the camp and says he learned different approaches and techniques that will help him improve. I have attached the photo of you and Tyrus. Thank you again for all that you do for the kids and the game of hockey.

Anthony Pratley
Hollywood, Maryland

I wanted to send a big thank you for the camp experience provided to Caleb. Caleb is so excited about his award! He was very proud, as we were. As a dad, I wanted to thank you for your words at the end to the boys, it meant a lot to hear a coach “get it” – the real reason we do this silly thing called hockey – it certainly is about more than chasing a rubber disc on some frozen water. Lots of future leaders are in your camp. Again, it is appreciated, and an experience he won’t forget.

Joe Shuker
Stoney Creek, Canada

Let me just say that I think the camp was terrific, and simply the best run youth sports camp, clinic, tryout, practice, you name it, I have ever seen. Helena had a great time despite being pushed harder than she ever has, and I know she (and I) learned a lot. Full credit to you and the other coaches. Hopefully we'll be able to nab a spot for her to return next year!

Steve Cerutti
Harrisburg, PA

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for an amazing camp experience for our son Calvin! He had such a great time and loved every second. He is already talking about when he comes back next year and I think he will be applying to be a camp counselor as soon as he is old enough. I had heard wonderful things about you and your camp, but my expectations were far exceeded. Not only was I thoroughly impressed with the goalie portion of the camp, but I also blown away with the other aspects. I loved the messages you sent through to the kids to be kind, do the right thing, thank their parents, trust your gut, respect your defensemen, not lose your composure, and so much more. Everyone was awesome and we are just so thrilled we came out to St. Louis early so he could do the camp. Calvin has never gotten the chance to experience the brotherhood of "goalies" and it was a great experience for him…plus he thinks you are the funniest person alive… so there is that too... Good luck tonight & we look forward to next year!

Renee & Nick Vachon
Los Angeles, California

Thank you for sharing your passion, instilling a hard-work ethic and inspiring all to be the best they can be in everything they do!  Korn Camp exceeded my expectations.  I was impressed with the one on one instruction, the variety of drills and the results!  WOW, what you do is truly amazing…thank you!    Your energy...your enthusiasm...your efficiency....your staff...are AWESOME!   We wish you all the best in upcoming "changes" and look forward to seeing you at camp in Nashville in years to come!

Kim, Eric & Tyler "Smiley" Welch
Smyrna, TN
Having fun while competing.

 

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