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2 Tips For Goaltenders New To The Position

2 Tips For Goaltenders New To The Position
Quick Tips For New Goalies Becoming a goaltender requires commitment not only from the athlete itself, but also from parents. For parents, it’s a major financial commitment. Goalie equipment is expensive, but safety and proper fit should be first concerns when it comes to the equipment. 1. Equipment Nowadays, some associations provide goalie equipment for free, but it isn’t necessarily always the best option. I would say that if the equipment the association is offering is more than 5 years...
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Exercise Intensity, Training, & Goalies

Conditioning and Off-Ice Training
Conditioning and Off-Ice Training Conditioning. Everyone talks about being in shape, in goalie shape or hockey shape. So what does it mean? Well, there is a lot that goes into determining what this means and “being in good shape” takes on many different meanings. There is currently a lot of talk surrounding conditioning and how to properly train the right systems to increase fitness level. Fitness Level Many studies talk about conditioning level as “fitness level”. Fitness level is a comb...
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Sharp Skates or Dull Skates?

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What Qualities Or Characteristics Do The Elite Goalies Have? Oh you’re a goalie? So you like really dull skates, right? Many people that are not goalies say goaltenders need really dull skates so that they can push around their crease with ease and not get tired. Contrary to belief, many goaltenders in the NHL use a “deeper” hollow which allows them to have more bite into the ice. This means that the edge digs into the ice allowing them to push powerfully and explosively without slipping out....
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Top 4 Reasons Why Goalies Who Attend Summer Camps Don’t Get Better

Goalie Summer Camps
Why Goalies Who Attend Summer Camps Don't Get Better Don’t let the header of this topic fool you. Goalie camps can be extremely beneficial as long as you follow a couple key factors. For those that are unfamiliar with a summer camp, these goalie specific camps usually consist of 12-24 goalies which typically have a mix of on and off-ice training and run 4-5 days in a week. Over the past 10 years we have noticed a couple of reasons goaltenders fail to gain value from their summer camp exper...
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Sizing Is The Most Important Feature When Buying A Goal Pad

Goal Pad Sizing
What To Look For When Buying A Goal Pad As goalie coaches, we get questions all the time that surround this topic of making sure pads are the right size. Justin Johnson and Steve Rixe go on camera to talk about equipment sizing and how to properly fit and size a goaltender. Two Major Key Points When Looking At Goal Pads: Where the knee falls in the knee cradle Knee no higher than 1.5” below top of knee cradle Keep these two points at the forefront of your decision making process whe...
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