I want to offer some tips on having your gloves ready, especially during butterfly recoveries and lateral moves, and provide some tips to take into consideration when making saves with your hands or body to maximize rebound control.
The first thing to understand is the distance of the puck in relation to the direction and distance you are recovering. Put yourself in the puck’s position and ask the following question: How much room is there for the puck to travel and reach above 11 inches off the ice (roughly the height of your pad)?
Once you determine the answer, the next thing you should consider is how likely are you to make the save with your pad, body or gloves.
Choosing which one to use – the body or gloves – is all about being s...
If you talk to any goaltender who plays junior, college or pro and ask them how important video review is with their goalie coach, you most likely will here the same response; it's crucial! Speaking from experience I can't count how many times I've told a goalie they are executing a certain way in a game and get a "are you sure" comment back from them, then I show them on video and the result is, "wow I didn't know I did that".
There are many different ways to develop your game, from goalie specific training, off-ce training and nutrition, to implementing good practice habits and building hockey IQ. I personally feel video isjust as important as all of them.
It’s that time of the season again goalies! The pressure is heightened and the competition level has tripled. You have spent all season working on your technique and skills and now in playoffs you must feel confident in your abilities. Playoffs can be a roller coaster of emotions and how you cope with them, will dictate your success!
I have always found how you react to a win or a loss can impact the next game. It's common after a win you feel untouchable. You go into the next game with extra confidence which can be good but can also develop unrealistic expectations. This is referred as "getting too high, or too low". Be confident but be prepared. Reset before each game. Similar to a win you must also hit the reset button and move on after...