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Brossoit Making Mark In Net

It was the end of practice here the other day when Bakersfield Condors head coach Gerry Fleming gathered the team at centre ice. “Watch this,” said Edmonton Oilers roving organization skating coach David Pelletier, sitting on the visitor’s bench with your correspondent. “He’s going to tell them that Laurent Brossoit has been selected to play…

Mental Preparation

I have personally watched hundreds of goaltenders with exceptional skills in practice, even at lower levels of hockey. However, when these goaltenders play in a big game or attempt to play for the first time at a higher level things sometimes go terribly wrong. What possible explanations are there for such fluctuations in performance? For…

Athletic Separation

All athletes regardless of sport or position need to have special abilities on and off the ice. One of these special abilities I have termed is “Athletic Separation”. (AS for short) AS by definition refers to the refined ability of an athlete to distinguish between factors that involve the athlete and factors that involve the…

Dropped Goal Stick

I have watched and played hockey for over thirty years and I have seen the goaltender lose his stick during the course of play hundreds of times. Chaos ensues and defensemen furiously try to get the goaltender their stick while the coach on the bench is screaming, “He’s got no stick. Give him your stick!”…

Post Hug Variation

One of the most fundamental, technical positions a goaltender uses is the post hug. Proper sealing at the post prevents greasy goals and allows the goaltender to explosively jump off the post to handle any in front attacks. Traditionally, the post hug was handled exclusively with the goaltender standing on both skates. The post leg...
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