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