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...

Breakaways

The first key to stopping a breakaway is to be prepared for them beforehand and to be keenly aware of certain situations where they normally happen. When to be ready 1) On your power play – How many times have you seen a shorthanded goal scored on a breakaway? All the time! Breakaways frequently happen…

The Brittle Goalie

Goaltending is extremely stressful, dangerous, difficult and more times than not potentially embarrassing. To show up day in and day out whether you are feeling your best or not is challenging. A true athlete plays through bumps and bruises and nagging minor issues. I don’t advocate playing when you are legitimately injured. What is that…