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Defending tips

Defending Tips

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Managing pre-game nerves

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Patience in goaltending

Patience in goaltending

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Keys to thriving as a back-up goaltender

Keys to mentally thriving as a back-up

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Basic Stance

Finding your stance

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Being a leader

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] Who decides who is and isn’t a leader? A leader is someone with integrity, they can be trusted, and when the going gets tough they are there to make sure no one is left behind. There are many qualities that go into what […]

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Building An Athlete

Long-Term Athletic Development Model

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] Long-Term Athletic Development Model At FHIT and MEGA we see a wide array of ages in our athletes. We see athletes that are playing professional hockey and athletes who are twelve years old, often times in the same day. The majority of the […]

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Aaron Dell

Aaron Dell: My view on the ride to the Stanley Cup Finals

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] Aaron Dell: My view on the ride to the Stanley Cup Finals I had no idea that I would end up where I did coming into this past season. After NHL camp, the coaching staff told myself and the other contracted goalie for […]

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Managing Disappointment

Managing Disappointment

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] Managing Disappointment You’re bound to be disappointed at one time or another – its part of the game. Your job is to stop the puck from going into the net. The competition’s goal is to put it past you. There will be times […]

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Reacting vs Blocking

Reacting vs Blocking

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] Blocking vs Reactionary Goaltending As the goaltender position evolves terms like “blocking goalie” became more popular. Based on the idea that you need to take up as much room as possible, and the pucks should just hit you. Soon shooters started finding ways […]

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