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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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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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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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Being a leader

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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

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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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Managing Disappointment

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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 you win and times they win. And when they do, you’ll feel disappointed. It’s going to happen. 4 Ways to Manage Disappointment Disappointment is the feeling you get when what you get isn’t quite as good as what you wanted. This emotion is the result of having the courage...
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Adam Wilcox: My First Year As Pro

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My First Year As Pro After training with MEGA goaltending for the past 4 off-seasons, Adam Wilcox shares his experience as a first year pro. Getting drafted in 2011 and not signing until 2015, which is typical of a college player, seems like a long time. After the glory years of college, it really seems like a short four years before inking a contract. It is cliché to say this but it really is a job. Expectations to be in shape and to improve every year are a must because there are players a...
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A Winning Try-Out Mindset

A Winning Try-Out Mindset
A Winning Try-Out Mindset As the off-season draws to a close and fall approaches many goaltenders’ thoughts turn toward their training camp or try-outs. For many, all of the long hours training in the heat were buoyed by the motivation of making a better team or taking your career to the next level. For the past eight years I’ve worked with goaltenders on how to capitalize on all of their hard work by developing a special mindset required to manage the type of circumstances try-outs present. ...
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