Owner and Head Instructor of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools.
From the age of 8 years old, Steve knew that he wanted to be a Professional Goaltender. Born in Montréal, QC, Steve and his family settled in Winnipeg, MB around the age of 7. While in Montréal, Steve spent a lot of his time with his older cousin, Richard. Richard also happened to be a goalie and this would be where Steve’s dream of following in his cousins footsteps would begin! From then on, Steve would eat, sleep and breathe hockey, and in particular, Goaltending.
His childhood hero was of course the great Patrick Roy along with the legends that would be, Terry Sawchuk, Ken Dryden and Johnny Bower. Fast forward to the age of 15 when Steve left his home in Winnipeg, MB to begin his Junior Hockey Career in Trail, BC followed by playing in the USHL for the Omaha Lancers and the Sioux City Musketeers. He then went on to receive a College Scholarship at the University of Alabama in Huntsville ( UAH ) where he would go on to win a NCAA Div. I National Championship in 1998. He graduated with a Degree in Business before carrying on with his Professional Goaltending career which included signing with the Providence Bruins in the AHL and the Manitoba Moose in the IHL before heading across the pond to play in the British Elite League. As Steve’s playing career was coming to a close, he made the decision to go back to College at UAH to earn a Masters Degree in business along with pursuing his next dream of becoming a Professional Goaltending Coach. He started out as an Assistant at UAH working with NHL Goaltender Cam Talbot where the NCAA Div. I Chargers captured the CHA Championship in 2007, which over time, then led him to coach the Topeka Roadrunners of the NAHL, the Fargo Force of the USHL, the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL and the Casper Coyotes of the WSHL. Steve is also an active participant in USA hockey and previously worked with the team USA U14 team as their Goalie Coach as well as a USA Hockey CEP Instructor and District evaluator.
Throughout the years, Steve has received mentorship and friendship from legendary Goaltending Coach, Mitch Korn. Mitch has encouraged Steve and helped him to gain his position now as Head Goaltending Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs which he will forever be grateful for. Canadian Professionals started out as Briere’s Goalie Schools back in 2000 and has continued to expand, innovate and become one of the best Goaltending Programs throughout North America. Steve brings over 20 years of instructional experience to the CPGS Program. He is a big believer in never giving up the dream. Hard work and determination along with being a good person will always be the key to success. He continues to prove daily that this method works and he continues to mentor and encourage others to believe in themselves and never, ever give up.“I believe that my well rounded experience helps me to relate to a wide variety of players and goaltenders at any age or any level. My goal is to teach everyone to enjoy the great game of hockey while learning to become a better player and a better person.” – Steve Briere
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