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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…

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…