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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…

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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…

Keep Calm And Carry On

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

keep calm and play hockey - Image Credit: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/topnotchposters/?_trksid=p4340.l2559Goaltending is much more mental than it is physical. There is an immense amount of pressure to always be perfect and there is a lack of understanding from your teammates, the referees, and the crowd. You are required to make split second decisions on a variety of things that can be the difference between going home a winner or getting a stiff neck from constantly reaching back to pull pucks out of the net.

Being a goalie, you already know that it is sometimes not easy being one. There are too many misconceptions that are out there among players to list, but the general concept here is that they do not understand what it is like to play the position. They are not aware of the amount of work we put in off the ice to be able to show up and stand on our heads every game. When a player botches a pass or misses the net on a slapshot, there typically is not a microscope on them. However, it is a different story for goaltenders. Many goals are seen as a complete failure on our part with nothing else taken into account. 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…

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…