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How To Handle Screens

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Photo Credit - April 15, 2008 - Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images North AmericaThe play is entering your zone and the center crashes the net and sets up shop right in front of you. He tries to mirror your every move and stop you from seeing where the puck is. The opposing team starts to cycle the puck around to the point and the defenseman rips a slapshot that whizzes by you before you can even react. You my friend have just been beaten by a Screen, one of the most frustrating ways a goal can be scored on you. There is all this commotion around you, people in your way, how do you defend against this? Read more…

Maltese Hockey GPS Combo – Neck and Clavicle Protector

July 21, 2011 2 comments

Full Gear w/ ComboWhen I was a teenager I used to wear an old-school Vaughn neck protector along with a plastic dangler to protect my neck and throat as best I could. The Vaughn helped a little but most of my neck and throat was still exposed. Thankfully when I was younger I only got hit once in the throat due to a freak redirection of the puck. A player hit me high in the chest with a slapshot that ricocheted up under the dangler and into my throat. Read more…

Back From a Two Week Break

July 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Well I was hoping that I wouldn’t make a post like this for a while, but now is as good a time as any. The schedule for the current season has a three week gap in it with our next game not happening till next Friday. Late this afternoon I got a phone call from a rink I sub-in for sometimes asking if I could make it for the 8pm game. Wanting to shake the rust off I agreed to rush down there and play.

I didn’t get a chance to stretch or warm-up too much but I stopped just about all of the shots I faced in the pre-game practice. That is where the fun stopped. The game started off like any other game until my defense botched the setup play behind the net and two guys swarmed the crease and scored. The rest of the first period played out the same way. The setups that were made kept being botched and I was left out to dry. Read more…

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Humble Beginnings

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the most influential person and mentor in my life, my Uncle Don, took me out one night when I was around 12 or 13 years old to go see a hockey game. We arrived at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum located in Uniondale, NY and watched the New York Islanders win the game. For some people it might have been just another sporting event, but for me it was life changing. Read more…

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