October 2021- Issue1
Grow your knowledge of the game.
Teamwork is the core of great goaltending.
Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, identified three things that make up a winning team:
The players have to know their jobs.
The 'we' is bigger than the 'me.'
The players must love one another.
Develop your own strategies.
The tools you use to play goal.
Grow your Hockey IQ
The Game is a must read for any goaltender. Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey.
Attitude is everything.
Ian Clark joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as goaltending coach on June 6, 2011. He joined the organization after serving as the Vancouver Canucks goaltending coach and consultant from 2002-10. Clark was also a member of Team Canada's coaching staff at the World Junior Championships from 2003-06, winning silver medals in 2003 and 2004 and capturing gold in 2005 and 2006. He also served as the Florida Panthers goaltending consultant in 2001-02.
The list of goaltenders he has worked with includes Roberto Luongo, Cam Ward, Marc-Andre Fleury, Cory Schneider, Andrew Raycroft, Johan Hedberg and Mathieu Garon. Here is what he has to say about a goaltenders work ethic:
“You play the most critical role on the team. No one has a greater potential individual impact on the outcome of a game than the goaltender. So if we can agree on that and therefore agree that we play arguably the most critical role it would make no sense for you not to be the hardest worker on the team. It makes no sense that the guy with the greatest responsibility would be the poorest worker. You play the most critical role. You will be the hardest worker. You play the most critical role. You will be the fiercest competitor. These are the non-negotiables.”
(source: InGoal Radio Podcast: Episode 35)
Flexibility - YOGA
Mindset / Focus
Play the game.
The 15 Greatest Hockey Games Ever.
This is a very subjective list depending on where you’re from. A writer in, say, Kazakhstan would have the one time they beat Canada at no.1. Belarus? The win over powerhouse Sweden with that crazy knuckleball of a shot. Getting to 15 might be a bit of a challenge.
The Finns and Swedes have an ongoing rivalry. The United States and Russia still carry a tinge of the Cold War hatred of Uncle Sam and the Evil Empire. But the center of the modern hockey world is likely near the Canada-U.S. border on the east coast of North America, so there’s a lot of North American games on this list. The list also reflects the changing face of hockey, primarily the changing of the guard in the preeminent rivalry in the hockey world. For decades it was Canada and the Soviets/Russians. In the 21st century, the Big Red Machine has been supplanted by the United States (click).