Archive for the ‘Game Situations’ Category

The Next Save Is All That Matters

July 9, 2012 1 comment

From different teachings around the world such as Buddhism it is taught that all we have is right now. This very moment and nothing else. What has happened is the past and cannot be changed, and what could happen in the future is out of your reach as well. Besides the enormous benefits of applying this principle to your everyday life, it can have a significant impact on your goaltending. Read more…


Expand Your Comfort Zone Beyond The Crease

April 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Ice Hockey Goal Crease - Image Credit: is understandable why beginning goaltenders tend to have their comfort zone limited to the top of their crease. At most rinks the crease is clearly labeled by an arc or semi-arc with a rectangle. Seeing the visual boundary helps you learn the basics of being on angle and squaring up. What happens over time is a goalie can get too comfortable and end up never leaving the crease for shots and game situations that require it. Another issue is the eventual dependency on using the crease to find your angles. Read more…

Goalies Are Always In Demand

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I decided to play on two teams for the second season in a row this year and so far it has turned out nicely. One team is in the “B” level and the other in “C”. So I get a nice mix of the talent I face each night and each level allows me to work on different aspects of my game. Yesterday I was relaxing with my family before my back to back games when my phone rang. It was the rink asking if I can come in early to sub-in for the first game of the night. Read more…

First Season of 2012 Recap

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The league I play in has a 9 game schedule with guaranteed playoffs. For some reason the last game of the season does not count towards your record for the playoffs, so there is very little room for error when 8 games determine your fate. Our team has been working very well together and we were pretty confident going into this season. We figured out what our best line combinations are and even improved our pre-game warmup routine. We even made sure those who didn’t have one, got a team jersey. I think the last time I had a team jersey was well over 10 years ago. There is just something about having matching jersey’s with your name and number on the back. Read more…

Tapping Your Posts Method

February 1, 2012 1 comment

My last post focused on the 3 key things needed to be in proper position. A goaltender does not get into a given position and remain static, rather a goaltender is constantly getting into position at different angles and depths. This moving in and around (telescoping) the crease can easily cause you to lose your angle because you are not aware of where you are relative to the net. Read more…

Three Key Things To Be In Position

January 12, 2012 1 comment

I would guess that many of us beer league goalies never had formal training or attended goaltender camps. We learn by repetition and experience, figuring out what works and does not work. This can lead to some bad habits which get exposed when we jump into a higher division or play against different player types than we are used to. I am just as guilty and also have heard of and seen goalies who sometimes get into position relative to the shooter instead of the puck depending on the game situation that is developing. This is not the way you should approach a shot and it will end up burning you more often than not. 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…