Goalies today are bigger, faster, stronger, more flexible – you name it. And all of these improvements are made with conscious effort. There are detailed goalie-specific training and nutrition programs. There are instructional videos covering everything from how to widen your butterfly flare to developing fast twitch muscles. And there is tons of content available on how to properly stretch, warm-up, and cool down. All of this is great information and offers invaluable advice on how to take care of the physical aspects of the position, something we know goalies spend a lot of time working on.
But, how many goalies take the time to train to become mentally stronger?
When Mike Babcock was hired to be the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, he said he didn’t want to just make the playoffs – he wanted to be involved in establishing a Stanley Cup Process. In short, organizational culture greatly influences the environment that the team operates in. Creating a “Cup Process” means everything and everyone, from ownership, hockey operations, coaching staff, management, right down through the player development team, and on to the medical team and scouting staff, would be on the same page and held accountable for living out the team culture.
Creating a Culture of Success
This is what it has been like for me for the past four years as a member of the Carleton Place Jr. A Canadians in the Central Canada...