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Pant Suspenders: Yea or Nay?

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment

When I started playing goalie I did not have suspenders on my pants. My chest/arm (C/A) protector usually was kept outside with my pants pulled up as high as they could go. This worked during the early parts of practice or a game, but with different saves that shuffled my equipment around and sweat weighing my pants down, my pants would start to fall down and expose unprotected areas on my torso. Eventually I picked up a pair of suspenders and wore them under my C/A. Today I still use suspenders but put them over my C/A instead. Read more…

Being a Full-Right Goalie

December 21, 2011 8 comments

I am left handed and for the most part I do everything with my left hand, except for throwing a Frisbee (I have no idea why), playing guitar and using a computer mouse. When it came to goaltending catching with my right hand felt natural since that is the same way I play baseball. Little did I know at the time that lefty goalies or “Full-Right” goalies are a rare breed. When I first started out, finding a full-right blocker and catcher was difficult and sometimes more expensive. It seems like left handed baseball pitchers have an advantage over their right handed comrades and I believe at times full-right goalies have a slight advantage as well. Read more…

Buy the Right Equipment the First Time

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

In case you have never watched a hockey game let me fill you in: hockey is a contact sport. There is a reason why us goaltenders where so much equipment, we are willingly to step in front of an object flying at us in excess of 80mph+. The equipment a goaltender wears was not designed to protect the goalie from a collision or check from another player. Instead, the equipment was designed to absorb the impact from the puck and reduce rebounds.

All of the technology and manufacturing that goes into making goalie equipment comes at a cost. Outfitting a goaltender can sometimes be as much as four times the amount as it is to get equipment for a forward. Due to the high price tags not every aspiring goalie can afford to purchase the safest equipment and this can lead to injuries. Besides getting injured, not getting the right equipment the first time around will lead to additional costs modifying and upgrading the existing equipment. Read more…

Weak Side vs. Strong Side

December 14, 2011 1 comment

If you skate out occasionally the terms Weak Side and Strong Side refer to what side of the ice the puck is on. If you split the rink down the middle at the red line, whichever side of the red line the puck is on, that is the Strong Side and the other side of the red line is the Weak Side. When it comes to goaltending there is also a weak side and a strong side. It is not to confusing until you throw into the mix those southpaw or full-right goalies (such as myself). Read more…

Contacts or Glasses?

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Not every sports player has perfect vision and most sports require your vision to be sharp. Blurry vision can have a significant impact on a goaltender’s performance and health. Not being able to track the puck properly or misjudging the trajectory of the puck might just end up leading to an unwanted goal. However, what if you thought the puck looked like it was coming in low and it ends up hitting you in the head giving you a concussion? Same thing goes for the players around you in the crease. If you cannot tell who is who or see what is going on around you, you might not see someone who is about to crash into you. Read more…

Pay Attention To Your Surroundings

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Hockey Referee Penalty Signal. Image Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesWe are always told to stay focused on the puck. Always know where it is. Never lose sight of it. Just like things in life work best when in balance and do not go too far in either extreme direction, the same can be said about your focus on the puck. If you become so focused on the puck you’ll probably end up with tunnel vision and not be aware of your surroundings. Read more…

Stretch Your Calves For Better Splits

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Miikka Kiprusoff Split. Image Credit: Stretchaflex.comOne of the things I learned over the years from running is that people tend to neglect their calves when they stretch. Tight calves can prevent you from fully stretching out your hamstrings and that could possibly lead to injury as well as not reaching your full potential. As a goaltender, flexibility is without a doubt one of most important components of being successful and avoiding injuries. Whether you are moving from post to post or skating out to cut down an angle or dropping into a butterfly save, your legs do the majority of the work while in net. Read more…