How To Achieve Your Goals – Lessons From Sam

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Outside of going to the gym, the only other exercise I can do while trying to rehab the sports hernia injury I have is swimming. The apartment community that we live in has a full size pool and I try to get in three to five sessions a week. Yesterday after work I hopped in the pool to get in my current 1/4mi+ swim workout. In the lane next to me was an older gentleman who pretty much smoked me. When I was stopping to catch my breathe he was still going back and forth making it look effortless. At one point we both took a break on the same side and started chatting. Read more…

Out of Commission with a Sports Hernia

May 3, 2012 1 comment

A little over a month ago my lower abdominal muscles were starting to hurt during and after my core workouts, as well as during running and hockey. I think it started when my buddy and I incorporated some crazy core exercises at the gym. The stress demands on your lower core and hip muscles from goaltending further aggravated the injury and over time is was becoming worse, so I decided to go to the doctor. 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…

Stop Whining

April 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Stop Whining - Image Credit: http://www.russellheimlich.com/blog/developers-stop-whining-about-ie6/Okay goalies out there, listen up. It is time for some of you to suck it up or pack it in. There are too many goaltenders out there complaining over a multitude of things. Why has the once proud and unique community of goaltenders gone soft and what steps can be taken to reverse course?

The little respect we have from players is further diminished by the constant whining and crying. This leads to futile attempts at trying to organize a proper pre-game warm-up or strong communication during a game. This is evident by the total lack of regard for our safety with head hunting slapshots in practice and pick-up games, as well as little to no help in protecting the puck after it has been covered. This happens at many levels and versions (ball, roller, ice) in the sport. 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…