Coaching Philosophy

Working hard is the basis. Working on the right things the key to success. Goalie Action guides and inspires the athlete to make most of his or her talent.

Acquiring good habits:

Internalize processes to gain effective reflexes and actions that enable you to reach consistency and long-term success.


Perfecting the technique:

Work diligently on the butterfly style and implement latest knowledge of effective goaltending.


Enhancing the pro attitude:

As a goalie you are a designated leader of your team. Know how to positively influence your team not only during the game. Go the extra mile on and off ice. Be aware of your power and what makes the difference between a good and a great goalie.


Mastering the details:

Analyze your game by video and advanced statistic tools to figure out the little yet crucial things that make the difference.


Living the passion:

Experience enthusiasm – patience sharing the passion …  that's Reto Schurch's Goalie Action.


Goalies who train/trained with Goalie Action:


DAVID AEBISCHER (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, retired

SOPHIE ANTHAMATTEN (SUI), Men’s 3rd Div. Switzerland - Saastal

RETO BERRA (SUI), NHL - Colorado Avalanche

ARTHUR BREY (USA), NCAA - St. Lawrence University

MARCO BÜHRER (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - SC Bern

BENJAMIN CONZ (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - HC Fribourg-Gottéron

COLLIN DELIA (USA), NCAA - Merrimack College

MARC EICHMANN (SUI), NLB (2nd Div. Switzerland) - SC Langenthal


ALEXANDER FROSH (USA), 18AAA - Anaheim Jr. Ducks

LEONARDO GENONI (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - SC Bern

JONAS HILLER (SUI), NHL - Calgary Flames

JOHN KEENEY (USA), NCAA - Univ. of Alaska-Fairbanks

DANIEL MANZATO (SUI), NLA (1st Div Switzerland) - HC Lugano

ROBERT MAYER (SUI), NLA (1st Div Switzerland) - Genève-Servette HC

RYAN MILLER (USA), NHL - Vancouver Canucks

JONAS MÜLLER (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - Kloten Flyers, retired

AARON NELSON (USA), NHAL - Minnesota State Univ. Mankato

GARRETT NIETO (USA), BCHL - Wenatchee Wild

GAVIN NIETO (USA), NCAA - Brown University

JÜRGEN PENKER (AUT), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - Rapperswil-Jona Lakers, retired

JUSTIN POGGE (CAN), Eliteserie (1st Div. Sweden) - Färjestad BK

IVARS PUNNENOVS (LAT), NLA (1st Div Switzerland) - SCL Tigers

DENNIS SAIKKONEN (SUI), Mestis (Finland) - JYP-Akatemia

FLORENCE SCHELLING (SUI), Riksserien (Women Sweden) - Linköping

JANICK SCHWENDENER (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - SC Bern

TOMAS SHOLL (USA), NCAA - Bowling Green State University

Jakub Stepanek (CZE), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland - SC Bern

TOBIAS STEPHAN (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - EV Zug

JAKE WILLIAMS (CAN), NCAA - Salve Regina University, retired

TIM WOLF (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - HC Ambri-Piotta

SANDRO ZURKIRCHEN (SUI), NLA (1st Div. Switzerland) - HC Ambri-Piotta

Testimonials Coaching

„Following his outstanding career as an athlete, Reto has served the ice hockey community through dedicated and extraordinary instruction in hockey goaltending. He is one of only a handful of goalie coaches who boasts such a depth of expertise in the butterfly style of goaltending.“

Francois Allaire, Colorado Avalanche, Goaltending Coach



„I met Reto during the look-out season in 2004, when we played together in Switzerland. Reto is truly an ice hockey goalie coach of distinguished reputation and extraordinary ability. He was already a goalie with special skills in the butterfly style as well an innovative goalie during his played.“

Martin Gelinas, Assistant Coach, Calgary Flames



“I met Reto while skating in LA and I have appreciated his help while trying in the summer. His understanding of the modern game and creative use of technology helped give perspective to the drills. I think his easy-going demeanor makes talking about goaltending fun and engaging. His personality and his preparation make him a great asset for a goaltender. “

Ryan Miller, Goalie NHL, Vancouver Canacks



“Through Reto, I have learned to make the most difficult situation look simple. He works committed and with a detailed focus on my weaknesses without forgetting to enforce my strengths. Reto completes his skills of on and off ice practices with competent video work, where game and practice situations get diligent analyzed. ”

Leonardo Genoni, Goalie NLA (1st division), SC Bern - Switzerland



“Reto was one of the young goalies, who came first to the goalie camp (Ecole International de Hockey de Verbier). Together with Martin Gerber, Jonas Hiller and David Aebischer he was one of the goalies who became a specialist in the butterfly goaltending.”

Frédéric Chabot, Minesoto Wild, Goalie & Development Coach



“Reto was an extraordinary ice hockey goalie and decorated athlete as well a specialist in the butterfly style. His unique level of expertise is a rare quality in this sport. Through the years his skills in coaching require not only a deep understanding of the sport and current techniques but also how to instruct another in these areas, how to observe and find the flaws in a client’s current form, how to encourage and draw from an athlete their very best work, and how to build the trust necessary to take an athlete to the next level.”

Richard Beaulieu, Director of the International Hockey School in Verbier, Switzerland



“Besides his unquestionable professional competence, we highly enjoy Reto’s social skills, his reliability and his above average dedication for the team and the participants. Reto is a tremendous asset to our team.”

Peter Eggimann, Head of the EA Hockey Camp, Switzerland



“Reto’s highly skilled and innovative goalie coaching had a tremendous impact on my career. His training and coaching was directly related to my Performance. Reto’s coaching brought my game to the next level.”

Marc Eichmann, SC Langenthal, Switzerland



“Reto's knowledge, experience, and passion make him a joy to work with. He offers multiple ways for goalies to approach a situation, and allows them to choose what fits best in heir own game.

Troy Grosnick, Goalie NHL-AHL, San Jose Sharks