Guilty as charged: Not sorry at all.
One of you passed along this article – thanks Bernard – discussing the different options for increasing scoring as it relates to goaltending equipment and net size/shape.
I found it an informative exploration of the different issues.
The conclusion, in the end, was that goalies are just too good.
I think we all remember when the goalie was naturally the kid who couldn’t skate or the pudgy kid on the team. I have trained several elite goalies who started out that way.
Now we are getting more kids who WANT to be the goalie. Probably because they see guys like Carey Price and Jonathan Quick on TV having a huge impact on their team’s success and they want to be THAT guy.
Like watching Peyton Manning or Tom Brady play QB – who wouldn’t want to be THAT guy (at least when you are winning)? I guess it’s not so new of a concept.
So now you natural born goalies are striving more and more to be like your heroes. You have amazing goalie coaches to work with and learn from. You study the craft, you work on your angles, your technique, your save selection, your tracking AND your goalie specific fitness.
And that’s where people like me come in :).
Now you can develop the tools you need to actually MAKE those saves, to get into those positions, to recover and prepare for the second shot (many of you even the third, fourth or fifth effort shot ;)).
Is it boring to watch a goalie make 37 beautiful saves and see two goals go in? I don’t think so. In my opinion seeing a goalie rob a shooter of a sure goal is equally exciting. If he is consistently doing it against my team it is frustrating, but still exciting.
So no matter what happens, if the pads do get smaller – which I think they will – just stay dialed in to your task. Solid positioning, proper save selection and unflappable focus. I will continue giving you the physical tools to perform from the second the puck drops until the final horn goes.