Importance of Video Analysis

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. As the goalie coach of the Ottawa 67's I do video with both my goalies after every game, I review the game and clip out different situations positive or negative. It can be anything from examples of great positioning, or wrong foot placement on a recovery, to something as detailed as hand positioning on a cross crease pass. If you're working on a specific skill set in a goalie sessions you can point out how the goalie is starting to execute it in a game setting.

On a typical week I would spend 35-60 minutes reviewing each game with both goalies. What I value most while reviewing video is the personal correspondence and conversation shared between myself and each goalie, It is during this exercise where I develop a relationship and an understanding as to what they are thinking in different situations, thus allowing me to help them both physically and mentally. Video Review is a practical training tool that is the standard amongst elite goalies, yet not as prominent in the world of a minor hockey player. This is unfortunate as it is the most effective way to translate the hard work in practice sessions into on-ice performance. With review of goalie technique live, raw, and in the heat of the moment during game day, true deficits and gains are observed and can be tweaked if necessary. It is a heaven sent for both player and coach. Private sessions can be more customized and players can see more results. In my opinion, the 67's goalies would not be the goalies they are today without this system in place.

If video review is not yet part of your development, talk to myself or any of the CGD staff to get started.

For more details, visit:!video-analysis/f0pwn