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Attitude is everything

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Attitude is everything There is a lot in goaltending that is out of our control. We can’t control when shots are taken, what team you get traded to or our game schedule. The one thing we can always control however is our attitude. If you can keep a great attitude day in and day out, you’ll give yourself the best chance to succeed. Roller Coaster of Emotion When it comes to games goaltending becomes a mental and emotional. It’s like a rollercoaster, you’re going to have your highs and your l...
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Glove Positioning

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Glove positioning Perhaps the most exciting of goalie saves to both make and witness is a glove save. The proper execution of the glove save has seen a number of evolutions in both preference, style, equipment features and types of new scoring threats the game of hockey has developed. As the most mobile piece of equipment goaltenders have. It is very easy for the glove to find itself in less than ideal positions. The ideal glove save will be described in a way that accounts for the newest cat...
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Mac Berglove: Beyond the pads

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Mac Berglove: Beyond the pads Being a goalie has taught me much more about life than just being an athlete. It can be the most rewarding position in sports when everything goes your way, but also can be the most destructive. Throughout a season there may be games where you might play unbelievable, make plenty of saves, and still lose. Goalie can help teach you these lessons to learn for the real world. We cannot control the outcome of events, but only our actions and reactions. I think being ...
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Adding props to your training

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Adding props to your training The use of “props” in goalie training is not a new concept, however in recent years innovative goalie coaches have developed a number of great tools to help goaltenders of all ages train for the complexity and chaos of defending the goal. The necessity of these props have even produced a number of cottage industries dedicated to designing products to help further challenge and meet the needs of goalies and goalie coaches. Before we dive into some examples of comm...
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3 reasons you should have an unorthodox goalie session

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3 Reasons to have an unorthodox goalie session Do you ever wonder why you see younger goalies flopping around, doing barrels, and doing belly flops on the ice during a goalie session? As goalie coaches, we know that when kids are younger we have to get them comfortable in their gear. One of the main reasons why we get them into funny positions is because they will at times find themselves in these positions during a game. The following are three reasons why it is helpful to include goalie ses...
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Defending Tips

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Defending Tips In hockey one of the most effective ways at beating a goaltender is to change the direction of the shot on goal by tipping the puck. Tips along with unintentional deflections or even a threat of a tip can prove to be a challenging play for goaltenders to master. As players become better at executing tip plays it becomes increasingly important for goaltenders to not only anticipate tips but also make correct save selections to defend the tip. Below we outline three key skills wh...
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Managing pre-game nerves

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3 Ways to Manage Pre-Game Nervousness We’ve all heard the horror stories, sleepless nights, loss of appetite, vomiting in the locker room, ulcers and even nervous breakdowns. Being a goaltender means joining the brotherhood of those who have fought the demons of the position and its demands since the dawn of the game. Psychologists use the term arousal or anxiety but its more commonly known in the goalie circles as jitters, butterflies, or just plain nerves. In this installment I’d like to sh...
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Patience in goaltending

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Patience in goaltending Patience has a lot of meaning when used in goaltending. As a goaltender we need to practice patience in a number of ways. We need to know how to practice patience in a number of ways and maybe some ways you may not have thought of before. But first we’ll start with the basics. Patience on shots The most common area of goaltending we use patience in is being patient on shots. We want to make sure we are reading the shot, whether its high, low, glove side, etc. Patie...
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Keys to mentally thriving as a back-up

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Keys to mentally thriving as a back-up It is often stated that being a goaltender is the toughest position in all of sport. Although I’m bias, I would have to agree, but I would also include one side note. The role of a back-up goaltender reveals additional challenges that often go unnoticed and rarely are discussed. I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss a couple of key mental skills that if executed can enhance your experience and likelihood of success if you find yourself in a back-u...
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Finding your stance

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Basic StanceAs in all sports, the likelihood of success and consistency can most often be traced back to the quality of a fundamental stance. There are many similarities between a goaltender’s stance and athletic starting stances seen across all sports. Below, I have outlined five significant areas of the stance that need to be consistently coached and evaluated to ensure a quality stance is ingrained into the muscle memory of a goaltender. Slight variations should be made based on...
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