November 15, 2017

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In many specific goalie sessions today we ask the goalies to “track the puck” and execute specific techniques that helps them develop muscle memory within the athlete. As Goalie Coaches we find ways to breakdown elements of a technique or drill that our goalie will understand and retain. So with that said, using the theory of “Breaking down the elements” if we are asking the goalie to track the puck by using their eyes in an efficient and effect manner, shouldn’t we start with an eye-exam. 

I bring this point up only as a point of interest as sometimes answers to an issue do not have to be complicated.  This past August I attend a Goaltending Coach Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, where Goalie Coaches from all over the world at various level...

May 2, 2016

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Believe it or not, visualization works and positive goal imagery creates a “competitive drive”. Top athletes do it to improve performance.

 

Brain studies have revealed that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, and prime your brain for success – all relevant to achieving your best performance.

 

Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals incorporates “mental imagery” into his pre-game routine.

 

As goalie co...

January 8, 2016

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There always lots of talk about how some goalies make such a difference in a game having he ability to handle the puck with ease.

 

I find myself offering to goalies and/or parents that we are, at our core, a collection of habits and we create our habits. Hand-in-hand a lot of what makes a successful goalie is the repetition of simple things. In this exercise I am simply trying to help develop a natural feel which will lead to confidence when handling a puck in all situations.

 

ODR (outdoor rink) season is soon to be here.  Here is a tip on how to develop your goalie puck handling

During an ODR pick up game take 20minutes, using your goalie stick, blocker and trapper and just play the game.  Receive passes, make passes, shoot etc.  Do everythin...

November 9, 2015

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Simply playing catch is one of the most overlooked aspects of development...

 

Think your goalie knows how to play catch? That's the assumption of many parents. In the past when kids were out playing ball in the backyard all the time, kids were more skilled at playing catch and unknowingly developed hand-agility. You may have kids that do that on a regular basis, but if you're like most, you have kids that don't touch a ball because they think it doesn’t relate to hockey. Video games and TV normally win out over going outside and playing catch, especially during the winter season when the weather isn't usually the greatest. NO EXCUSES! The lack of out-of-the-box thinking is the result that goalies are often lacking fundamental hand agility s...

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