Question 1 – In a post featured on this blog, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas says goalies are “due for a stumble” when? As well, goalies should always be “reaching” for what? (2 Points with 1 point for each correct answer)
Answer – Thomas brilliantly says goalies “are due for a stumble” when they sit back and think to themselves they have “made it.” This is regardless of level of play. Once a goalie thinks they are at the top of their game, they are ready for the fall. For success, Thomas suggests goalies always should be reaching for higher goals.
Question 2 – True or False – Whenever a goalie is practicing his movement on the ice without facing shots, it really doesn’t matter whether the gloves are positioned correctly since there is no chance of making a save? (1 Point for Correct Answer)
ANSWER – False. As we preach on the ice, details matter. In this example, goalies should always make sure they are moving correctly while giving themselves the best chance to make a save (hence, correct glove positioning). Practicing movement with correct hand positions reinforces good habits and good habits make good goaltenders. So, for several of the goalies in the camp, pay attention to your hands while working on movement. Too many goalies have their palm facing the ice instead of in front of them. It is the little things that make a difference – from saves made to success during tryouts.
Question 3 – In overtime of Game Six of this year’s Stanley Cup Final, Michael Leighton allows a poor goal against to give the Chicago Black Hawks the win and first Stanley Cup since 1961. What basic goaltending rule did Leighton fail to do that most likely caused the goal against? (1 Point for Correct Answer)
Answer – B. Turned body from being square to the puck/shooter to facing up-ice and away from shot.
Question 4 – According to sports psychologist Saul Miller, there are three “key operating principles” for managing the mind effectively. List each and include a short description of each (6 Points with 1 Point for listing each correct principle and 1 Point for describing each)
- The mind is like a TV – always on thinking thoughts and creating images and feelings. Person has the ability to “change the channel” if they don’t like what is “on”
- Player gets more of what they think about – great argument for staying positive!! Whatever is focused on by a person is magnified.
- Our feelings affect our thoughts and our thoughts affect our feelings – feelings of power and strength lead to more positive thoughts which leads to more confidence and better chances of success.