The Loudoun Knights are pleased to announce that Dan Keyes will serve as the Knights goaltending instructor for the 2020-21 season. Coach Dan will work with all Knights teams, providing focused goalie instruction for every keeper in the club.
Dedicated to service, Coach Dan Keyes has always worked towards the common goal of a team. “Hockey has taught me lessons that I have applied throughout life. Being a goalie has taught me the power of service and humility.” Coach Danny credits his hockey experience for his success as a public servant for over 25 years.
From the beginning Coach Danny has always seen the need for stewardship, and the sharing of skills and ability. “As a youth goalie, all I wanted was coaching. I was hungry for it, back then all we had was a team dad or an old pro that would teach a winter clinic.” This lack of coaching and development led Dan to start coaching over 20 years ago. Officially getting certified by USA hockey 15 years ago has led Coach Dan to achieve the level 5 coaching certification.
“I was raised by a goalie mom” says Coach Danny. "She never was a goaltender, she never even played hockey, but I knew she was my biggest fan. As I got older, I started to understand the sacrifice that she had made so that I could play. Now that I have 2 daughters of my own I understand the investment that parents gift their children.” This makes it easy for Coach Danny to interact and communicate with goalie parents, and give his all for his players.
After a brief break from hockey Coach Danny is excited to be on the Knights Team.
“As an organization we feel very fortunate to have Coach Dan working solely with our goaltenders,” said Knights Player Development Director Craig Desjarlais. “This will give our goalies the necessary training they deserve to enhance their development. Dan will create a custom curriculum for each individual goalie based on their needs, and be with them every step of the way throughout the season and beyond. Having mentors for our young goalies both on and off ice is an exciting part of what we offer with the Loudoun Knights”
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