November 30, 2015

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For most goalies and parents, knowing what the right stick is for you can be somewhat of a grey area. Having the proper stick can make a world of difference in performance. The paddle (larger part of the goal stick) size is too big or too small, curve, lie and even the type of material (wood, foam core, composite) can make a huge difference iyour game.  Chances are if you are a young goalie, your stick is oversized and you need to consider the following.

 

General Sizing

The biggest misconseption and mistake most parents and young goalies make when sizing a stick is the mindset that a bigger paddle is better. We see too many goalies with sticks that are oversized, making it cumbersome and difficult to manipulate. The a...

November 25, 2015

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to coach at the U17 World Championships and was exposed to goalies from across the globe.

 

In todays NHL, we see goalies and players finding their way to the NHL from all over the world. I was excited to be exposed, first hand, to other goalies outside North America, especially at a younger age and at a critical time of positional development.

Part of my responsibility as the goalie coach for team Canada was to scout each opposing goalie and supply a scouting report for our players. Many goalies had similarities, but they also had some different strengths that were apparent and had been a focus while training.

 

Below I have listed the valuable insight that I learned about the dev...

November 23, 2015

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Attend any goalie camp or training facility and you are bound to find coaches and athletes working diligently in small areas.  Statistics have told us that a vast majority of goals are scored off of rebounds and/or shots within say a 10 foot radius from the net.  As a result the majority of training focus has been on reducing the number of these goals by mastering techniques ranging from stick work and butterfly (including blocking, reactive and hybrid variations) to power slides, recoveries, “VH”, “Reverse VH” and other sorts of post play applications.  My point is not to undermine any of these techniques nor the importance of being able to apply these techniques when and where required, but all of these are based on a puck being loose in...

November 17, 2015

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With more and more teams having two skilled goalies capable of performing at a high level, the days of 

clearly distinguished roles as 'starter' and 'backup' are nearly gone. And as the skills gap between two 

goalies becomes smaller, goalies can't really afford to take a night off when they have, well, a night off. 

Long gone are the days of goalies on the bench becoming Professional Door Openers or Master Water 

Bottler Filler Uppers or Bench Warming Specialist. 

 

Here are a few tips to help you stay sharp when you’re not playing:

 

1) See the puck. Be the puck

No matter how many articles or blogs on the subject you read, one of the most important things you can 

do is visualize what's happening in the game. Literally, go through the movements, si...

November 13, 2015

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More than ever, athletes of all sports are focusing on muscular mobility rather than sheer strength, power, and agility in order to better perform their duties. There is not one single position in any sport I can think of that mobility is more prevalent than that of a goaltender – and to their credit, most goalies (meticulous as they are) have already developed some sort of pre-game/pre-practice routine that they feel helps them get loose and feel comfortable prior to skating.

 

As I said before, most goalies after a certain age will take the time to at least do something in terms of stretching or a warm-up that they think helps them. This could be an individual routine or a generic team warm-up. This is a great thing that so many goalies now...

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...

November 8, 2015

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Coach Paul has taken us insie his experience with Team Canada at the U17 world championship. We've eagerly followed his daily grind in Dawson Creek, BC as he helped kick off our new CGD Blog "GOALINE LOGIC". Its been a long two weeks and at the end of the road Team White and coach Paul were rewarded for their commitment and hard work with a well deserved Gold medal. CGD is proud to have a professional like Paul as a member of our CGD team. His tireless commitment to the game and the goaltending position are characteristics we all strive to achieve. He is an inspiration to our staff and to the hundreds of goalies he influences.  Congradulations Paul, looking forward to checking out the new hardware.

November 7, 2015

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Last night was exciting as we played Sweden in the semi final for chance to compete for gold. It was a crazy fast game right out of the gate, both teams were flying, Sweden went up 1-0 late in the first. The scored stayed the same trough 2 periods. Both goalies were going save for save keeping the score close. As the 3rd went on we went on the PP and scored to tie it 1-1. We added another late to go up 2-1. Ian Scott our goalie was outstanding making tough saves to secure the lead. The most impressive sight for me came in the last min of play. Sweden pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, holding the play in our zone and applying pressure. It was so inspiring to see our players selling out and sacrificing there bodies to block shots, pl...

November 7, 2015

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Bitter sweet day Thursday, my Team Black lost a tough game 3-2 to Team Red, and Team Canada White won 4-2 over Finland. So now we move on with white to take on Sweden in the semi final. One game at a time but hopefully we push hard to get ourselves to the gold medal game. The other semi final game is Team Red vs Russia. It could be a all Canadian match up for the gold.

November 5, 2015

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Between practice, video sessions and preperations for both team white and black, it's been busy to say the least. Both teams finished the round robin with 1 win and 2 losses. Yesterday was a tough day as White lost to Czechs 3-2 and black lost to a very strong U.S team 6-1. One thing that gives the opposition an advantage is that all our opponents either play together full time or have a 6-8 week camp before coming to the tournament so it's hard to defend against teams with chemistry and playing history.

 

Because we finishes 1-2 that means both teams have to travel down to Fort St. John to play our quarter final games. Team White plays team Finland and Team Black plays team Canada Team Red who finished the tournament 3-0....

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