3 Reasons You Didn’t Have Your Mental Game In Net

Mental Game of Goaltending

Gotta Get This Guy Under Control and Treat It Right To Maintain Focus In Net

3 Reasons You Didn’t Have Your Mental Game In Net

Hockey is brutal. Anyone involved knows this; players and fans alike see the obvious, physical toll and challenges that occur during every game on the ice. To prepare for such bodily duress, players wear enduring equipment to protect from injuries: a helmet, mouthpiece, shoulder pads, shin guards, and much more. An injury could take a player out of the game or, worse, out of the season.

The physical risks are obvious, but what about how mental health affects the game?

Every player on the team faces enormous pressure, but no one more than the goalie. Management of that pressure, alongside other mental health concerns, is paramount to keeping a level head. Maintaining one’s mental game is vital to success in the physical game. Check out these three reasons why your mental health may affect your performance.

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6 Basic Hockey Saves You Should Know

TSN’s Collection of Top Goalie Saves From 2013/2014 Is Impressive

6 Basic Hockey Saves You Should Know

A hockey team’s last line of defense is its goaltender. While there’s a lot of traits that attribute to quality goaltending, quite possibly the most important one is knowing how to react to a particular shot. To do this, goaltenders need to be familiar with technique, positioning and how to use each part of their bodies to give them the best chance to make a stop. There are a lot of types of hockey saves that a goalie can make, and it’s important for netminders to familiarize themselves with all of them. Here’s a look at many of the types of hockey saves they’ll be making on a regular basis:

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The Latest NHL Goalie Rule Changes

Goalie Trapezoid Location and Dimensions

The Old Trapezoids Behind the Nets, created after the 2004 NHL lockout.

NHL Goalie Rule Changes

Following the NHL lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 NHL season, a committee was formed to initiate rule changes to increase offense and speed the overall pace of the game. As a result, the two-line pass was allowed, rules were amended to greater enforce obstruction to further showcase player skill, the shootout was introduced to decide tie games and teams were no longer able to change lines after an icing. These changes, and more, became effective to start the NHL’s bounce back 2005-06 season. But among the greatest changes that were made to enhance offense and goal scoring were those that were made reflective to the goaltending position.

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3 Things Hockey Goalies Say

Goalies Are A Unique Bunch and Always Have Something To Say

Goalies Are A Unique Bunch and Always Have Something To Say

3 Things Hockey Goalies Say

Some professions require a bit of madness to be effective: firefighter, investigative journalist, and of course, starting NHL netminder. Whether you’re a Pro or just a Joe, all goalies have a few things in common, first and foremost the things we say to ourselves and one another. What are the three most common words shared by hockey goalies?

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3 Ways To Be Sure You Should Let Your Child Play Goalie

Should Your Child Play Goalie?

Is Your Child Ready To Be The Next Great Goaltender?

3 Ways To Be Sure You Should Let Your Child Play Goalie

If your child wants to play the position of goalie on an ice hockey team, you are probably experiencing both pride and apprehension. According to Brion O’Connor of the New England Hockey Journal, some kids may be attracted to the idea of playing goalie because it has become the glamour position in ice hockey. After all, the goalies get a lot of the glory when their teams win, and they get to wear all that cool gear.

However, some kids may have simply have been born to be goalies, and you certainly don’t want to discourage your child from pursuing an athletic activity. There are many good reasons for letting your child give it a try. Here are three things to consider when trying to decide whether to allows your child to play the part of goalie:

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