Tips and Tricks for Hockey Goalie Amateurs
So you want to be a pro hockey player? Besides staying committed to your dream, there are more concrete things you can do to increase your chances of getting there.
Practice skating skills.
At the core, goaltending is about balance and edges. A good skater is usually a good goaltender. Pre-game and pre-practice warm-up should always include basic skating drills. For instance, a T-push is great for long crease movement;shuffles are for smaller side-to-side movements. Both don’t need to take long. A single 10-rep set for each, which can be anywhere from two o 10 minutes, is usually good enough. These skating drills are part of most pro goalies’ routines. Following the footsteps of the pros will lead you where they are.
Perfect your hand skills.
When the butterfly save advanced in the 1990s, goaltenders began to work on-ice coverage, to an extent overlooking their hands in the process. Make sure to catch pucks and block shots to the corner as part of your warm-up routine. Put 30 pucks in the slot, and let someone shoot at your hand while you’re in your butterfly. This is often part of professional goalies’daily warm-up.
Prepare yourself mentally.
Goal-tending is 80% mind game. So prior to setting foot on the ice, your mind should be prepared. Look for a quiet spot where you can be alone for at least ten minutes, building up focus. Picturing yourself in actual play can help you improve your game. It can mean the difference between a good and bad decision at the right or wrong time.
If you’re a goalie, being the hardest worker and most physically fit player on a team is a must. New York Rangers’Mike Richter bagged the fitness award every single year. Hall of Famer Ed Belfour used to be a triathlete . St.Louis’ Brian Elliott is known to be one of the hardest-working goalies ever. Your teammates regard you as their rock. Never give them reason to doubt. The fitter and more hard-working you are, the more reassured they will feel about you always being there to watch their back.
Finally, keep in mind that even the world’s best goalies know they will bad goals and bad games at certain times. That is a natural and thus inevitable part of nature. Like the pros, you should learn about the importance of shrugging it off and not letting it get to you. You can get scored on, but there’s no reason to let it bother you. Martin Brodeur was scored on a total of nearly 3,000 time – now was that enough to keep him from being a world-famous goalie? You very well know the answer.