Sunday, February 8, 2015

Goalies, I need your help and I'd appreciate your assistance. 

The book I am currently writing will have some stories on coaches working with their goalies, good, bad and ugly. 

So please participate and help me out, you might just find your stories in the book! If we use your story, we will contact you to discuss and possibly get additional information. 

In the comments below, please provide a brief story telling us about any or all of the items below:

1. The best experience you have had a with a coach

2. The oddest thing or worst advice a coach has asked you to to change with your game, stance, technique, etc.

3. The thing a coach has said to you concerning your goaltending, that bothered (or bothers) you most and what the result was. (you quit the team, stopped playing altogether, got in an argument, etc.)

New Vaughn Goalie Skates REVIEW

I received my new Vaughn GX1 goal skates about 2 months ago and I am thrilled to say "I LOVE THEM". 

A little background, I have 'bad feet'. I have worn the same Bauer 5000's for a very long time now. This is because everything else kills my feet. I have had several new models and have not been able to wear anything because they just did not fit, so the old 5000's keep coming back out.

The new Vaughn's felt great right out of the box, no heating, just wore them. The only issue was the higher heel collar,, caused a blister above my ankle bone, so I had to deal with that, but he actual boot was comfortable from the first skate in them - which was 4 hours!

All skates will offer protection, but these are incredibly lightweight, the cowling works well with my Velocity pads and the wider lace system feels great. But the big factor in buying a goalie skate is always comfort and these have it hands down.

Anyone wants to ask me anything specific I am happy to answer.

Just to keep everything in the open, Vaughn is a sponsor of our Goalie Schools, however I would never allow that to influence my comments. My track record will prove that, but it's best to keep everything up front.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Puck Handling and Mobility Drill With Fast Return

Good agility drill for the goaltender to work on handling he puck without hesitation and quickly return to the net. Obviously this one requires confidence, skiing ability and strength to drive hard. 

Source: Former Puckstoppers Head Instructor Jukka Ropponen's company, Goalie Pro in Finland

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Great Description and Graphics on Breakaway Play

This video does an excellent job of showing most breakaway scenario's and how to properly play them. 

The only additional information I would offer if to be sure and rotate the catch glove down to close of the lower portion of the net when executing a butterfly slide. 

An excerpt from Goaler U's Instructional Goaltending Mastery series.

Detailed Explanation on How To Remain Square to The Puck AND Net

Detailed explanation with good graphics and well laid out information. 

An excerpt from Goaler U's Instructional Goaltending Mastery series. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pro Prospects at Work in Camp

There is no instruction here, but pay close attention to how hard these guys work. There is no complaining, no hesitation, no wasted time. They are there to do a job and they do it to the best of their ability. All young goalies can learn from this and work on giving your all at every practice. 

Source: Slapshotgoal - Detroit Red Wings 2013 Development Camp. July 14, 2013 - Day 4

Shooting, And Stick Use

Really well done instruction for handling and shooting. 

Source is: StaubersGoalcrease in MN. 
These guys always produce really solid technical information, that the average minor hockey coach and goaltender can still understand. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Small-Area Hockey Goalie Drills for Concentration, Tracking and Depth

COACHES, PARENTS and GOALIES Need To Watch This One!! 

The presenter in this video does an INCREDIBLE job of explaining some really important facts about why these drills are great for goalies and what coaches should be looking to work on in them, but his commentary at 2:03 and in particular from 4:40 to 5:45 are dead on and I could not have said it  better. 

I strongly encourage coaches, parents and goalies to listen to his advice and comments at these points in the video. 

The only issue I have with the game footage is that everything he is talking about…isn't happening in the game situation portions. There is no coaching being done during these segments of play. 

Source: GottaloveCT hockey - Presenter Jared Waimon

Lateral Movement From Butterfly - One of the More Difficult Moves To Learn

This is a good explanation of how to execute this very difficult move for younger goalies to learn. The key is in the skate plant and weight transfer. 

There are some common mistakes and elements of the instruction that are lacking and will help in the teaching. 

The goalie must point the skate FORWARD, many goalies turn the skate to point left or right, which cases 'slip out'. 

It is also important to note that the push skate will almost never be as far inward as the initial stationary position shown in the video, but this is the initial teaching point where you want the goaltender to begin learning from. A simple instruction is "place the skate where your knee was." 

Having the goaltender assume the 'loaded' position and then stand up, will reinforce the correct loaded position and help them understand why it is so important to position the skate properly. With younger goalies, I suggest this technique be repeated several times before the butterfly push is attempted and again when the goaltender inevitably starts to slip out as they lose skate position. 

The other issue that commonly occurs is when the goalie leans into the direction they will be travelling, which takes pressure off the push skate and causes loss of 'bite into the ice, resulting in a loss of power and/or speed. The skate also often slips out when the weight is transferred too soon or the goaltender leans forward as you will see at 1:38 of the video. 

Source: Goalrobber - Presenter not named

Post Coverage, Lateral Movement, Butterfly

A detailed and accurate information on movement and post coverage. 

Solid information and well presented. 


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Our New Pinterest Page - GEAR CONTEST

Visit our new Pinterest page and pin pis of your gear. Regular prizes

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Great article on Finnish Goaltending and It's Roots

When I visited Finland in the mid 90's, I understood very quickly why they are so successful. Jukka played a huge part in how Puckstoppers and my own coaching style evolved and I will always be thankful for having the opportunity to have learned from the Finns.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Great Advice For Parents

We All Can Use a Little Perspective Sometimes

This is a good quick read for anyone who has kids.

Coaching and working with kids for nearly 30 years now (and having 3 of my own) I see these things happen every day and I see the consequences of parents who refuse to parent.

We have all made these mistakes at one time or another, but if we don't learn from our mistakes and correct them, our kids are the ones who suffer and grow up with a sense of entitlement, disrespect for authority, a lack of self respect, anxiety issues and more.