With 18 years of professional goaltending experience in both North America and Europe, Ian Gordon has seen the constant changes in goaltending throughout his long career both in the crease and as a coach.
Ian has experienced NHL, AHL and WHL training camps and understands the pressure every goalie feels on a game to game basis.
Ian played in the WHL from 1992-1995 with the Swift Current Broncos and Saskatoon Blades.
During his WHL career, Ian had the opportunity to represent the WHL in the 1993 Memorial Cup as a member of the league champion Swift Current Broncos.
Following his Junior career, Ian attended the Chicago Blackhawks camp in the fall of 1994 and after returning to Junior to play for the Saskatoon Blades, signed his first pro contract in the fall of 1995 with the Calgary Flames.
After two seasons in the AHL, Gordon signed with the Grand Rapids Griffins and spent three seasons in the IHL with Grand Rapids, Salt Lake City and Cleveland. The highlight of his IHL career being a selection to the 1998 IHL all-star game.
In 2000 Ian signed in the German Elite League (DEL). Working with goaltending coach Dani Huni from Switzerland, Gordon spent 13 years in Germany with highlights of a league championship win in Frankfurt in 2004 and all-star selections in 2008 & 2009.
Gordon retired from the DEL as the record holder of most games played as a goalie and most shutouts.
Ian is currently the Director of Goaltending/Goalie Coach of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. Previously in his coaching career, Ian spent time with the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) and Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) with time spent in the Hockey Canada system as the goalie coach of the Team Canada U-17 program. The highlight of his coaching career coming as a member of the coaching staff of the 2017 WHL champion Seattle Thunderbirds who participated in the Memorial Cup.
Ian has had a large variety of goalie coaches over his career and would like to acknowledge their influence in his coaching style. He worked with Billy Smith and Warren Strelow in Junior and Jim Corsi and Corrado Micalef in Europe to develop his goaltending style that lasted nearly two decades in professional hockey.
In addition to his experience from his playing career, Ian attends goaltending camps and works with NHL goaltending coaches to continue to expand his knowledge as the position of goaltending continues to progress.
Ian believes goaltending is not a robotic position but one with guidelines where the individual can succeed.