The Best Hockey Goalie Performances of All Time

Giguere was a stud in the 2003 playoffs.

Giguere was an absolute stud in the 2003 playoffs.

When you think about the ingredients of a good championship-caliber team, it’s likely timely offense, stingy defense and – perhaps most importantly – exceptional goaltending. Yes, a goalie is a hockey team’s last line of defense, and often the difference between an early playoff exit and a deep run. However, what might surprise you is that some of the best hockey goalie performances actually happened during losing games.

With that being said, here’s a look at some of the best goaltending showcases of all time:

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5 New Hockey Goalie Drills to Practice On Your Own

The tennis ball is an underrated off-ice training tool for goalies.

The tennis ball is an underrated off-ice training tool for goalies.

5 New Hockey Goalie Drills to Practice On Your Own

To improve at anything, you have to practice, practice, and then practice some more, until your actions are ingrained in your muscle memory and become instincts. Even then, it’s still important to practice. But, what makes hockey different from many other sports is that most of the fundamentals can only be practiced on a sheet of ice, unlike basketball, football, and baseball, which can be practiced in the backyard or the local park.

Noting this, it’s critical for the hockey player to make the most of every hour of practice on the ice. Then, to take it up a notch, the best goalies spend time fine-tuning aspects of the game off the ice. Goalies face more practice challenges, as the perception is that they need shooters firing pucks at them to work on varying aspects of their game. But, that’s not entirely accurate – as there are several hockey goalie drills that a goaltender can perform, both on and off the ice. Here’s a look:

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Defending the Net: Improving Your Hockey Goalie Reaction Time

On the ice a fraction of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing.

On the ice a fraction of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing.

Defending the Net: Improving Your Hockey Goalie Reaction Time

When it comes time to play a game of hockey a disproportionate amount of attention is almost always placed upon the goalie. It’s no wonder, really, that goalies feel like they are under so much scrutiny! They are tasked with the single most important job in the game: defending the net. If they fail and allow the puck in, even by so much as a fraction of an inch, they can very likely cost their team the game.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that the best goalies all over the world put in overtime work to get their reaction time up to snuff. Let’s take a look at a few fun drills to get you moving quicker while defending the net as you seek to improve your hockey goalie reaction time. They might just win you your next game.

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Perfecting Your Proper Hockey Goalie Stance

Correct Goalie Position

Although they frequently make the highlight reels, diving saves like this one are usually the result of a goalie being caught out of position.

Perfecting Your Proper Hockey Goalie Stance

Goalies are the last line of defense for their teams – and the position comes with its fair share of highs and lows. Make a great save, you can swing momentum for your team and help it to a win. However, let in a poor goal, and you can do the opposite – suck the life out of your team as it goes on to defeat. That’s why it’s crucial that goalies are well positioned and learn to perfect their hockey goalie stance. Letting in goals is inevitable, but learning the proper technique and stance can drastically cut down on goals against average.

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The Best Hockey Goalie Moments of All Time

Jim Craig, Goaltender for the Goal Medal Winning 1980 USA Team

Jim Craig, Goaltender for the Goal Medal Winning 1980 USA Team

The Best Hockey Goalie Moments of All Time

Any hockey team’s last line of defense is its goaltender. And the position isn’t an easy one to play. In fact, sports experts often say that the only position more pressure filled in a sports town other than a football quarterback is the hockey goaltender.

Hockey teams often live and die by the person between the pipes, as one huge save can swing the momentum in a game and one incredible overall performance can swing the momentum in a series.

With that being said, here’s a look back on some of the most memorable hockey goalie moments and triumphs of all time…

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