Rbk Challenge Week Trivia Answers (June 15-21)

Question One

Since the early ‘90’s, Quebec has been known as the “goalie factory” due to the numerous NHL goalies who grew-up in the province. In the last few years, another area of the globe has become the new “goalie factory.” Where is it?

                        a. Western Canada                                             b. United States

                        c. Finland                                                           d. Russia



            c.   Finland

Mikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Antero Niittymaki, Vesa Toskala, Kari Ramo to name a few prominent NHL goalies all came from Finland. As well, the combination of stand-up/butterfly technique to better complete in today’s game has roots in Finland (yes… that is what we teach at Rocky Mountain Elite Goaltending). Check out an article on Finland’s emerging goalie factory – http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/WorldCup/2004/09/10/623556.html


Question Two

Who was the goalie who faced 101 shots earlier this spring in an AHL playoff game?

                        a. Michael Leighton                                            b. Tukka Rask

                        c. Jean-Sebastian Aubin                                     d. Pekka Rine



a.      Michael Leighton

April 24, 2008 Leighton set an AHL (American Hockey League) record facing 101 shots in a 5 overtime game. After all that work, he was scored on to lose the game 3-2 in Game 5 of the series against Philadelphia.


Question Three

True or False – When a goalie is establishing their initial depth on the puck carrier, they should only concern themselves with the location of the puck?




Location of the puck is only part of the equation for initial depth while consideration of other attacking players must also be made.

Perfect example – puck is at the top of the circle to the goalie’s left on the stick of an opposing player. A teammate of puck carrier positions self to the side of the crease on the goalie’s right. If the goalie only concentrates on puck to establish his depth he will be too far out of the net to make a save if the puck is passed down low.


Question Four

The starting position for a goalie when the opposing team gains the center line is:

                        a. Goal Line                                                          b. Inside the Blue of the Crease

                        c. Along with Top of the Crease                           d. Outside the Crease



a   Goal Line

Mentioned last week, goalies should always stand dead center in the net at the goal line when the puck is in the other end. This allows for better initial angle when the opposing team gains control and crosses the red line heading for the goalie’s defensive zone.

If the goalie begins further out from the goal line, he risks poor angle positioning since he really has no idea where he is in the net.


Question Five

Goalies need to “keep their heads on a swivel” when the puck is in their zone to monitor where all opposing players are located or headed to. What are the two best times to look to find the opposing players? (each answer worth 0.5 points)

a.       When puck is directly behind the net

b.       When puck is along the boards

c.        When the puck is below the goalie line in, or close to, the corners

d.       When the puck is in the slot.

            b  When puck is along the boards

c   When the puck is below the goal line in, or close to, the corners

Goalies need to constantly look around the zone for opposing players to assist him “read” the developing play. Goalies cannot afford to be surprised so “head on a swivel” is a must.

The ideal puck positions for looking around is the “quiet zones.” Defined as along the boards and below the goal line towards the corners, the goalie will have enough time to look around quickly before the puck becomes a threat.

When the puck is directly behind the net, although not an immediate threat, the goalie must concentrate on the puck position to move himself to the correct side of the net before the puck is moved to a good scoring area of the ice.


Question Six

What Toronto Maple Leaf goalie was known as “The Popcorn Kid?”



            Mike Palmateer

            Nickname was earned because the goalie ate popcorn before every game.


Question Seven

Who is the only goalie to win five Stanley Cups in a row?

                        a. Ken Dryden                                                      b. Bill Smith

                        c. Turk Broda                                                       d. Jacques Plante



            d. Jacques Plante

            A very strong argument could be made in Plante being the best goalie of all time. His 5 straight Stanley Cups (1955-56 – 1959-60) are a record and part of the argument for his greatness.



Question Eight


When a goalie is moving from one side of the crease to the other to face a shot, why does it make sense to move “underneath” (the path closest to the goal line in the above diagram)?

a.       It would be faster to get from one side of the crease to the other

b.       The goalie enters the shooting angle more quickly

c.        It reduces depth towards the puck so the goalie can attempt to trick the shooter into thinking there is more net than in reality.

d.       This is a trick question, it does not make sense.   



b.      The goalie enters the shooting angle more quickly

Looking at the above diagram, the light gray area (triangle drawn from puck to both posts) is the area the puck must stay within to score. The puck to the right has a darker triangle shade of gray to designate area puck must stay within to score.

When the puck begins at the left position and is moved to the right, the goalie must quickly get his body into the triangle area the puck must travel to score. Although a longer route to the top of the opposite side of the crease, moving “underneath,” or back slightly while moving across, allows the goalie’s body to enter the triangle of the newly positioned puck more quickly than other scenarios in the question.

Moving straight across, although a shorter distance to move, does not allow for the goalie to get his body in the scoring path as quickly as if “underneath” movement is utililzed.


Question Nine

Which goalie was never drafted by an NHL team yet went on to have an outstanding NHL career.

a.       Ed Belfour

b.       Bill Durnan

c.        Curtis Joseph

d.       All of the Above



d.      All of the Above

Belfour and Joseph were signed to pro contracts as free agents out-of-college while there was no NHL draft when Durnan played.


Question Ten

What does a shooter typically do before releasing the shot?

a.       Lift his off-leg

b.       Look at the net and then the puck

c.        Move the puck to the side of his body

d.       All of the above.



d.      All of the Above

Discussed last week on the ice, goalies must look for subtle visual cues to determine if the puck carrier is about to shoot as opposed to passing. When the puck carrier decides to shoot, the puck will be moved to the side of his body for better power in the release. Next, majority of shooters first look at the net and then drop their head to watch the release of the puck. Lastly, the dead giveaway is shifting of body weight for more power by lifting their off-leg off the ice (very few shooters lift their leg and then pass – not smart enough).

If a goalie can recognize this shooting pattern guessing can be eliminated and performance will increase.


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