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The pro schedule
After spending the past four seasons as the goaltending coach for the Buffalo Sabres organization, I thought I’d share some things that seem to separate the pros from the rest. Here’s what makes them so special.


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Three major components of quality goaltending
Many coaches fall into the trap of believing that “bigger” is better than “smaller,” and that “flashy” is best of all. But in the long run, that’s usually not the case.


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In Goal: Playing the puck
It all started with Jacques Plante “roaming” from the crease. Then Ed Giacomin became the New York Rangers so-called “third defenseman.”


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Stopping the breakaway
Every goaltender and goaltending coach has his or her own theory on how to play the breakaway. Regardless of the approach, the bottom line is to stop the puck.


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"Hard around the board" puck exchanges
Last month, we analyzed the puck exchange options between the goaltender and the defenseman on puck shots near the goal. This month, we will look at exchanges when pucks are shot “hard around” the boards.


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Stopping the Breakaway
Every goaltender and goaltending coach has his or her own theory on how to play the breakaway. Regardless of the approach, the bottom line is to stop the puck.


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Coaching Objectives For Better Goaltending
Some time ago, I attempted to develop 10 "objectives" which would encompass the entire process of coaching the goaltenders for whom I was responsible. While these objectives are somewhat general and abstract, I have tried to provide some insights and specifics to help those reading understand what each objective really means.
I will explain the first five in this article, then the final five next time.



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5 More Goaltending Myths
Last posting, I outlined five of 10 major myths regarding goaltending. Here are the other five:


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5 Goaltending Myths
Throughout hockey there are misconceptions and myths that coaches, parents and goaltenders have heard about the position of goalie. Here are five of the top 10 most common myths and my thoughts about them:


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Stopping the Unstoppable
Speak softly, and carry a big stick. That's what Theodore Roosevelt said about running his presidential office. Even though he may not have had any opinions about goaltenders, when it comes to the playoff hockey, his saying was right on!


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Handling a Breakaway
Every goaltending coach and every goaltender has his own theory on how to play the breakaway. Regardless of how it is done, the bottom line is to stop the puck.


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A hole is a hole is hole
We have all heard the announcers describe a goal that beat the goalie “through the five hole.” Actually there are a total of six holes, or areas we isolate in order to teach goalies how to “close holes” (and to teach shooters how to score).


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Coaching objectives for better goaltending
Objectives that encompass the entire process of coaching the goaltenders for whom you are responsible. Insights and specifics to help those reading understand what each objective really means.


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Equipment confidence
Equipment confidence is a state of mind that greatly affects the goalkeeper’s movements. A goalkeeper without equipment confidence feels unsafe and hesitates before making a move. As a result, he often pulls up, taking his eyes off the puck.


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Questions and answers
I’m a 16-year-old high school goalie who has always used a lie 13 goal stick. I am having a terrible time trying to find a 13. What’s going on with the stick manufacturers? It used to be where a 90% save percentage was great. Now, it’s closer to 92%. Are goalies that much better today? Can you explain it?



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