Our Story

Optimal Goalie is a 2500 sq. ft. off-ice training facility located in Burnsville, MN, specifically dedicated and designed to help goalies develop the building blocks needed to become the most successful goalie you can be.

We began our mission in 2012, training out of the Minnesota Top Team gym in Eagan, MN, offering off-season training to junior and college-aged goalies. After five years of seeing great results, and a lot of positive feedback, it became clear that we needed to extend our training to goalies of all ages. In 2018, we opened up our facility to create a place away from the rink, where goalies felt comfortable to be themselves around like-minded others in the goalie world. At Optimal Goalie, we see the person before the number, and Larry has an invested interest in every single goalie he works with. He prides himself on honesty, integrity, and being a stepping stone towards success for goalies on and off the ice.

Founder Larry Grace Jr.

Larry was born and raised in the Twin Cities area. He began his goalie journey at six years old when he started playing hockey, eventually becoming a fulltime goalie at thirteen. Larry was a multisport athlete playing baseball, football, soccer, ran track, and lacrosse while growing up in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He played high school hockey for Apple Valley Senior High School, before moving onto junior hockey. After junior hockey, Larry attended the University of Wisconsin Stout, where an injury ended his competitive playing days. It was during this time that Larry got into the goalie coaching world and noticed quickly the lack of athleticism in the goalies he was working with. It was at that this time he knew his passion for off-ice training would be his calling card. At the University of Wisconsin Stout, he earned a bachelor’s degree in human development with a minor in psychology.

Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin Stout, Larry attended the University of Minnesota where he directed all his studies in Kinesiology towards goalie off-ice training. He graduated with a master’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sports performance and sports nutrition. Since graduating in 2011, Larry has taught exercise science at several twin city community colleges and worked in higher education as an academic advisor.

Today, Larry has over ten years of experience in sports performance training learning from some of the most respected coaches in the field. He has helped numerous goalies improve their on-ice skills with the off-ice methods he’s developed. Larry offers goalies a realistic path towards improvement, leading to great results on and off the ice.

Optimal Goalie Media

Optimal Goalie Performance Training

Boys Class AA Championship- Edina vs Eden Prairie (Audio Only 2019)

Interview at 1:44:00 of the broadcast

Are you interested in improving your on-ice performance?

Contact Larry today at 952-270-5490 or larry@optimalgoalie.com