Wilson has established himself as one of the premier goaltending coaches in the world. He has worked with dozens of goaltenders in the National Hockey League (NHL). Under his tutelage, Eli's camps have produced more than 50 NHL draft picks, over 60 Division I or Canadian University goaltenders, and more than 200 players drafted by Major Junior teams. His goaltenders have gone on to win numerous prestigious awards and championships: Stanley Cups, Conn Smythe Trophies, Venzina Trophies, World Junior Gold Medals, American Hockey League (AHL) championships, AHL Playoff MVPs, WHL Goaltender of the Year, Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Goaltender of the Year, and Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Goaltender of the Year. In 2004, Eli was named to Hockey Canada's goaltending consultant group. Since 2004, he has consulted with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Sports during their summer development camps for top young prospects in Los Angeles, California. In 2007, Eli traveled to South Korea to work with the Kangwon Land Ice Hockey team and other young goaltenders in the country. From 2007 through 2010, Eli was the goaltending coach for the Ottawa Senators, where he was responsible for the Ottawa Senators goaltenders as well as for the goalies playing for their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. In 2010, Eli established Eli Wilson Goaltending. Today, Eli Wilson Goaltending is a world leader in goaltending development. Eli runs goaltending camps, clinics, and consults worldwide. In 2016, Eli introduced a number of specialty camps, including the popular 24/7, where goaltenders actually live and train with Eli over a three-day weekend. A main staple of Eli's year-round training is advanced video technology, whereby he and his staff can analyze video remotely to further goaltending development.
Eli’s coaching philosophy
Eli’s unique, progressive, repetition based training regimen equips goaltenders with the fundamental skillset that they need to be successful. Eli then strives to get the most out of his students by drawing on the learned foundational skillset.
“I emphatically believe the best way to develop goaltenders is by teaching a system within a system. Quality drills, attention to detail, repetition and simplicity are major factors in building successful goaltenders. The goaltender must learn needed skills in a progressive manner in a controlled environment. This will allow the goaltender to develop at the quickest rate possible.”
Eli is considered a leading expert in developing new techniques and strategies for goaltenders. He most recently authored the book Hockey Goaltending – the definitive guide to elite goaltending.