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Hand-Eye Coordination Drill: Juggling

June 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Around the time I was going into Junior High School my grandmother gave me a unique gift for the holidays. She gave me the Juggling for the Complete Klutz, which came with an instruction book and 3 bean bags. I have always liked brain teasers and puzzles, so the juggling kit was right up my alley. I do not remember how long it took to learn how to juggle, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I did not know at the time that juggling would play an essential role in my goaltending. Read more…

Expand Your Comfort Zone Beyond The Crease

April 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Ice Hockey Goal Crease - Image Credit: http://sbn.to/gI1w6nIt 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…

Pre-Game Routine

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Having a set routine before each game you play can help you focus more and get into the zone easier. By not having a routine most of your mental energy will be spent thinking over what to do before the game, rushing and forgetting things. I found over the years that by having a routine that my performance on the rink has significantly improved. And as each year goes by I continue to refine my process. 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…

Why Stopping Pucks Is Not Your Main Focus

January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

To bring in the New Year I thought it would be a good idea to talk about a myth that some goalies and players believe. Our job as goaltenders is to keep the puck out of the net, so naturally it would follow that becoming proficient in stopping shots should be our focus. While I am not saying that you should stop all drills in practice that focus on shooting, I am saying that it should not be your main focus. Let me explain. Read more…

New Goalie School Section

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the best ways to improve your game is to attend a goalie school. There are some schools that have former NHL goaltenders as the main coach and some have current NHL goalie coaches. I figured it would be great to have a centralized resource area for goalies to find a school in their area. The new section is in the very beginning stages so it only has a few schools listed. As time goes on I plan on expanding the list through my own research and hopefully with some help from you, my readers.

So here it is, Goalie Angle’s new Goaltending School page: Click Here. Hope everyone likes it and I would love to get some feedback on it.

Why Open Hockey Is So Important

August 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I try to play in net anywhere from two to three times a week. Typically there is a game and then a practice session at open hockey on either late Friday nights or early Saturday mornings. I look forward to these practices and get a lot out of them. Depending on your mindset and approach to these open skates you are going to love it or hate it.

If you haven’t been down to one let met start off by saying that you will have next to no defense. This translates into more odd-man rushes and passing plays that will make your head spin. A goaltender can get pretty frustrated by all of this and it can affect their confidence. I take a different view on this. All of the crazy plays that get setup in front of me, the constant breakaways, the back and forth passing in a 3 on 1, help to make me better. Read more…