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Message Inside My Blocker

July 26, 2012 1 comment

Message Inside My Blocker

“Fear is the mind killer. Only the next save matters.”

There are times in the middle of a game or practice when your mental training is not working. You work hard on trying to be in the moment, not dwell on prior goals or games, to believe in your ability and have that unshakeable confidence. We are all human and no one is perfect. There will be times when you doubt yourself, when you think you have no chance at stopping that penalty shot. When you are struggling inside your own head you need some type of interruption to change your thought pattern. 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…

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…

NHL Realignment

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

NHL Logo - Image Credit: http://blogs.citypages.comThe six existing NHL divisions as we know them are changing. League officials have approved a complete realignment in an attempt to ease the concerns of certain teams, have traveling be more balanced, maintain rivalries, and have teams linked up with the region they are located in. The realignment sees the six divisions becoming four conferences (currently not yet named). The transferring of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg was probably the main reason why there was such a rush to reorganize the league. Read more…

Do Not Let Height Stop You

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

In the case of being an NHL goaltender there is no minimum height, but seeing that the majority of NHL goaltenders are 6’0″ or taller, it can be intimidating to shorter goalies aspiring to reach the professional level. One could argue that players are getting larger so the goalie needs to be larger in order to handle collisions. Another argument is that when executing a butterfly style save that the taller the goalie, the less net is exposed above their shoulders. Whether you just want to be the best in your amateur league or dream of becoming an NHL goaltender, I’m here to tell you that your height does not matter. Read more…