Total Development Tip of the Week: Mental Mondays Ep.2 Months of physical training can be eroded away with a poor mental mindset when it comes time for tryouts. Many youth players struggle mentally when it comes to tryouts because of their inability to focus on what they have control over and a lack of realistic expectations. Check out this week's Total Development Tip of the week on how you can develop a quality tryout mindset!
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Wisdom Wednesdays: Two skills you can take to work

The reality is playing goalie will come to an end for all of us at some-point. Yet there are many lessons and skills that you learn by being a goaltender that you can take with you for the rest of your life. As it relates to entering the workforce two skills in particular jump out at me Work ethic and perseverance. Early in your goalie career you learn how important work ethic and perseverance are to your success. Taking these two skills and bringing them to your job or career can give you a tre...
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Mental Monday’s: Finding Your Motivation

Finding Your Motivation
When it comes to summer training for goaltenders finding the way to unleash your motivation in the later part of summer can be tricky. To find your motivation remember the two C's Clarity and Creativity. It is nearly impossible to be motivated towards something if you are not clear about what it is, what it will take to get there, or how you will know you've reached your goal. Once clarity has been achieved there are times you may need to get creative around the story lines or scenarios to furth...
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Attitude is everything

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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Mac Berglove: Beyond the pads

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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Managing pre-game nerves

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

Patience in goaltending
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

Keys to thriving as a back-up goaltender
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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Being a leader

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 makes a leader, but one thing that I can say about a leader is that they think differently from everyone else. Leaders are difference makers. They hold everyone else to a higher standard. They strive to help everyone else become better and leads by example. Not everyone is a ...
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Aaron Dell: My view on the ride to the Stanley Cup Finals

Aaron Dell
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 the AHL that the starting position for the Barracuda was up for grabs, so it had to be earned. For me, this was good news as I was coming in with the lesser contract. I had taken every step to get to this point, and I was not going to miss this opportunity. The beginning of the ...
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