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HISTORY


BONI GOALIE TRAINERS INC., design and build hockey puck shooting machines for the advanced training of goaltenders and players alike. Coaches, instructors and training facility personnel have devised many beneficial and refreshing drills and exercises with this unique equipment.


Boni Goalie Trainers, Inc. has been in production of the BONI PUCK SHOOTING MACHINE since 1973. We first started working on the idea in late 1967 and introduced the first working model in 1972. Orlando Boni, a transplanted Canadian, living in California's San Fernando Valley was playing in an Adult Hockey League, he quickly found out that he needed some help with his goaltending. One evening at the rink he said "What I need is a Puck Shooting Machine", and from that moment he started working to build one. After many different configurations he finally came up with the right combination and in 1972 placed his first ad in "The Hockey News" advertising his new invention.

In September of 1973 he and his family returned to Toronto, Canada, to attend a Hockey Show and at that time decided that maybe Toronto was the best place to start producing and selling this new product. In late 1973, the first production machine was delivered to Noble and Greennough School in Dedham, MA. This first machine was purchased by Warren C. Cook (Thank you Warren, where ever you are.) and from then on, Boni Goalie Trainers, Inc. just kept on going.


The machine pictured to the left, was the first "Boni Puck Shooting Machine" ever produced and it was named "Jumbo". You can see that it is very large and was transported around in a one ton truck. In late 1972 and early 1973 this machine was taken to the Forum in Inglewood, California and shown to the visiting N.H.L. teams at their practice sessions. Most of the time the backup goaltender was in the net to work out with it. It was also taken to the Sports Arena in Los Angeles and shown to the visiting W.H.L. teams at their practice sessions .

HAVE YOU SEEN "JUMBO"? We lost contact with this machine and are looking for any information on its whereabouts. It was last seen stored in Southern California. "Jumbo" was built during the missions to the moon by the many welding and metal working shops who also built race cars. Those were fun days.

The second machine produced was to be the shown at our first appearance at a public event "Hockey Expo '73" and was named Expo in honor of the show it was built for.. This picture was taken at Culver City Arena in California, at the first Goalie School with a Puck Shooting Machine. In this photo is Gary Edwards, he was playing for the Los Angeles Kings at that time.

This machine was used for two weeks in the Goalie School and then taken to Toronto, Ontario for the Hockey Show in September. "Expo" still belongs to us and is sitting in our warehouse along with the tooling for the first machines and various inventions we have produced over the years.

Also pictured with "Expo" is Mr. Boni using the first puck reloading tube with a mechanism for keeping the pucks from falling out one end. The tube was placed over a puck on the ice and pushed into the tube, this kept persons from bending over and reduced back strain. In the photo you can see the white bands around the tube, which held these locks.


This is the first Boni Goalie Trainer that was sold, it was in the fall of 1973. It has been used at Yale University for a number of years. This is the model N P 1 , it held 240 pucks. It had a rotating storage chamber of 8 tubes that held 30 pucks each & it had speeds up to 100 M.P.H. This machine is being used by Universities, Colleges & Goalie Schools across the country. As you can see by the picture this model is quite a bit smaller than the first two that were made. This machine was named by the customer, "Shaibu" we were told means "Puck" in Russian.

This machine weighed 350 lb. and was too wide to go into a regulation size door in the arena. To get it on the ice you had to go through the Zamboni door. The NP1 was the only model that was made until 1975 until the Porta-Puck came out and it was even smaller. The new machine held 40 pucks in a single tube and was small enough that it would go through a standard size door. In time this model replaced the N P 1 altogether because it was smaller, lighter and easier to move around. Best of all it was just as effective as the N P 1 and the higher speeds were not necessary for most age groups.

In 1975 Paul and Jim Palmer, producers for "Hockey Night in Canada" approached us with an idea they had for a competitive game to be aired during the intermission show that would feature the skills of individual NHL players.

The event was called "Showdown '76" and consisted of computerized NP1 puck shooting machines passing a series of pucks to a player who must receive the puck and hit a target that would appear in one of the corners of a goalie net. The players performance was measured by his accuracy and the speed of his shots were recorded as every shot was captured on camera and reviewed by a judge.

The players were ranked by their performance and the results were displayed over the CBC network. This was considered the first public display of a standardized system for measuring the performance of an individual player without the influence of the strength of his team.


Boni Goalie Trainers also fabricates Equipment Testing Machines that are being used by Manufacturers to test Skates, Pads, Sticks & Helmets. The speed of these machines are determined by the requirements of the customer. They are mounted to a work bench and can shoot pucks at any piece of equipment that is mounted on a stand, usually at least 5 Feet away.

This brings us to the present. We are currently making the Porta-Puck, Petti-Puck and the Puck Passer models .


Boni Goalie Trainers, Inc.
775 Steeles Ave., Milton, Ontario Canada L9T 5H3
Tel (905) 876-0029 info@boni.com



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