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Slide in Roller Hockey With Slippery Tape

March 14, 2012 6 comments

The biggest difference between an ice hockey goaltender and a roller hockey one has to do with physics. There is less surface tension and friction on ice, so an ice hockey goalie can easily slide from side to side in their crease. In roller hockey if a goalie attempts the same slide, their pads will stick to the playing surface and go nowhere. There are several modifications you can make on your leg pads to be able to create a decent amount of slide. You can install plastic slide plates, use velcro, get leg pads with plates pre-installed, or use slippery tape. Read more…

How to Take Care of Your Equipment

March 12, 2012 2 comments

Credit: http://ttmillersandboys.blogspot.comIn case you did not know, your goalie equipment should not smell like a latrine nor should it smell like a pile of garbage rotting in the hot sun. Not only is it disgusting, but it speeds up the breakdown of the equipment as well as open you up to potentially dangerous infections and diseases. It only takes a small amount of effort to ensure your equipment will last a long time, stay clean, and not reek. Read more…

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…

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…