2011 Reebok Challenge Questions – Week II – ANSWERS

Question 1. How many NHL regular season wins did Chris Osgood finish with? What place did he finish on the NHL’s all-time wins list for goalies?

Answer – Osgood finished with 401 NHL regular season wins which places him 10th all-time in the NHL goaltender wins list.

Question 2. Acording to a post on this blog, Chris Osgood said goalies should “focus on the proper things.” During games, what does that mean? During practice?

Answer – Osgood’s “focus on proper things” means, during games, goalies need to focus on being prepared before games, making saves and playing to the best of their ability. Additionally, he says goalies can’t worry about things they cann’t control such as the fans, referees, poor play of teammates. As for practice, the goalie’s focus should be improving all parts of their game. Link – https://elitegoaltending.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/quotes-from-osgood-all-young-goalies-should-memorize/

Question 3. According to a post on this blog, Chris Osgood was able to stay in the league for two reasons. What were they?

Answer – Osgood was able to prolong his career by a commitment to hard work and his willingness to learn new techniques (he incorporated the butterfly into his “stand-up” method of playing net). Link – https://elitegoaltending.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/lessons-from-ozzy/

Question 4. When a goaltender is making a save with the chest, which of the following should the goalie do to control the puck?

a. Suck in Gut

b. Roll Shoulders Forward

c. Trap the Puck at the Waist

d. All of the Above

Answer – All of the Above. Whenever the goalie is making a save with the chest, the shoulders must be rolled forward while sucking in the gut (creates space between back of chest protector and body causing a cushion) while the glove moves to the waist to cradle the puck that is falling down the body due to the cushion.

Question 5. Dan Blackburn became the starting goaltender of the New York Rangers as an 18 year-old during the 2001 season. On a blog post, he gave five reasons why it is critical for goalies to work on the mental part of their game. Of the five, list two reasons and provide a short one-sentence explanation of each.

Answer – Reasons are – Increased Consistency, Improved Focus, Increased Confidence, Coming Back from Injury, and Find the Zone.  After listing two from the list, goalies had to add sentence of explanation of each. Link – https://elitegoaltending.wordpress.com/2008/07/26/blackburn-on-the-mental-game/

Question 6. True or False – It is vital for goalies to always have sharp skates.

Answer – True. Goalies must have sharp skates to play in today’s game.

Question 7. From on-ice instruction, when a goalie is facing the puck in the high slot and there is a “back-door” scoring threat, what part of the player standing “back-door” does the goalie have to pay particular attention to in determing how close to the top-of-the-crease they can position themselves?

Answer – Goalies must pay attention to the stick of the player standing back door. The closer the stick is to the goal line, the less aggressive the goalie can be in their positioning.

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