2011 Reebok Challenge Questions – Week 1

July 12, 2011

Please read the questions below and provide answers via email (elitegoaltending@yahoo.com) before 8.00 am Monday July 18th. Total of 15 points available towards winning the Reebok Challenge unless answers turned in late. If turned in later than 3.00 Friday but before answers are posted, a maximum of 10 points will be awarded. Questions turned in after answers are posted receive no points.

Question 1 –  How many Colorado Avalanche goalies have won the Conn Symthe Trophy (NHL playoff MVP) at sometime in their career? (1-Point for Correct Answer).

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 4
  4. None

Question 2 – True or False – It’s necessary for all goalies, when facing a shot, to watch the puck all the way into their body. (1-Point for Correct Answer)

Question 3 – When a goalie is square at Position 2 (7-Point System covered on-ice during first session) and needs to move to Angle Position 7 with no threat of a shot, which goalie-specific movement does he use? (1-Point for Correct Answer)

  1. T-Push
  2. Shuffle
  3. Slide across the crease feet first
  4. Whatever it takes – as long as the goalie gets there who cares?

Question 4 – Which of the following NHL goalies never won the Hart Trophy for the NHL’s Most Valuable Player in a regular season? (1-Point for Correct Answer)

  1. Dominic Hasek
  2. Jacques Plante
  3. Patrick Roy
  4. Roy Worters

Question 5 – In the blog post “How Things Can Change Quickly for Goalies – Lesson from the NHL for Younger Goalies” the goalie situation in Nashville was discussed and there were three steps listed each goalie can take to avoid becoming being benched. What are they? (1-Point for Each Correct Answer – 3 Total Points Available)

Question 6 – The current trend in goalie gear is for goalie pads to be predominately white. What is the thinking behind this? (1-Points for Each Correct Answer)

Question 7 – What do all goalies, from U8 through the NHL, need to work on every time they are on the ice? (1-Point for Correct Answer)

  1. Butterfly Slides
  2. Stickhandling
  3. Movement
  4. Handling Screen Shots

Question 8 – Who was the first American-born goalie to be selected #1 in the NHL draft?(1-Points for Correct Answer)

Question 9 – When a goalie is square to Angle Position 2 and needs to move to #3 (7-Point System), which goal-specific movement is used? (1-Point for Correct Answer)

  1. T-Push
  2. Shuffle
  3. Slides across the crease feet first
  4. Whatever it takes – as long as the goalie gets there who cares?

Question 10 – In the 7-Point System, what two on-ice markings do Positions 2 and 6 line-up with?  Position 4? (1-Point for Each Correct Answer – 2 Total Points Available)

Question 11 – According to the Dan Blackburn article republished on the blog, what separates greatness in goaltending from mediocrity? (1-Point for Correct Answer)

Question 12True 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)


Off Ice Training Exercises for Goaltenders

August 12, 2010

Video from Revolution Athlete going over three exercises specific for goaltending.


The Importance of Stick Placement

August 7, 2010

Goalies of all ages, including in the NHL, can be sloppy with their stick placement on breakaways and other attacks at the net. Keeping the stick between the legs, known as the 5-hole, is a very simple concept but is hard to execute properly on a consistent basis.

The video below is a great review of the importance stick placement. The narrator (known as, apparently, the “Goalie Guru”), although a tad bit sanctimonious in criticizing Roberto Loungo, has several great points in explaining a skill many goalies, including NHL, struggle with.

As we always say on the ice with our goalies, the importance of stick placement cannot be stressed enough. Make it a habit to lead with the stick and cover the 5-hole. Your movement around the net will improve as will your save percentage. As with everything else, details matter!


Simple Drills from Osgood

August 7, 2010

Video of Chris Osgood and his goalie coach, Jim Bedard, showing a few simple drills goalies can do on their own to begin a practice.


2010 Rocky Mountain Elite Goaltending Reebok Challenge Questions (Week VI)

July 18, 2010

Please read the questions below and provide answers via email (elitegoaltending@yahoo.com) before 3.00 pm Friday July 23. Total of 10 points available towards winning the Reebok Challenge unless answers turned in late. If turned in later than 3.00 Friday but before answers are posted, a maximum of 5 points will be awarded. Questions turned in after answers are posted receive no points.

Question One – According to on-ice instruction, as the goalie is rotating the body and planting the foot for a power slide, what vital thing must the goalie do before pushing off? (1 Point for Correct Answer)

A. Make sure the foot just planted is angled so the push will be executed using the heel

B. Find the puck to know where to slide to

C. Tuck in the “lead leg” (the “lead leg” is opposite of the planted leg in a power slide)

D. Yell at the lazy forwards to actually play a little defense instead of waiting for the defense to pass them the puck and for the defense to start clearing bodies out of the crease so a save can be made.

Question Two – True or False – According to on-ice instruction, for goalie-specific movement, goalie skates sharpness doesn’t really matter and the goalie should only get them sharpened whenever the opportunity presents itself. (1 Point for Correct Answer)

Question Three – Below are four statements based on article within the blog on 12 recommendations for try-outs. (4 Points with 1 Point for Each Correct Answer)

A. True or False – It is important for goalies to look over their equipment before tryouts and repair anything that may need attention

B. True or False – Eating fast good the day of the tryout is a great idea

C. True or False – In the locker room before the tryout session(s), it’s a good idea to socialize with other players.

D. True or False – A goalie should only worry about what he/she can control

Question Four – In the blog post “No Need to Panic: Dealing with the Inevitable Slump” two recommendations were made for goalies in a slump. What are the two simple things a goalie should do and briefly explain each (do not cut and paste from article)? (2 Points with 1 Point for Each Correct Answer and Brief Description)

Question Five – As the camp is coming to a close, list two areas you feel you have improved during the camp and two areas you feel you need much more work on. (2 Points with 1 Point for Each Area Described)


For Sale – Jr. Set of Vaughn Velocity 3

July 11, 2010

Vaughn Velocity 3 set (White/Blue/Black) Pads are 28″+1. Wore for one season. Only modification was adding more flexible thigh board. Selling set for $375 (retail $645).  Blocker is the limited-edition “Carey Price” design. Below pictures with links to sites selling the gear to give you details. Great set of gear for the squirt/pee-wee ages.

Vaughn Velocity 3 Jr Pads – http://www.playersbench.com/prod.ihtml?pid=676&vendor=VAUG&var1=0&size=&var2=0&var3=0&catid=HOGOGPSS&ss=1

 

Vaughn 7200 Velocity Catch (for catching with left hand) – http://www.playersbench.com/prod.ihtml?pid=679&vendor=VAUG&var1=0&var2=0&var3=0&catid=HOGOCASS&ss=1

Vaughn Velocity 7207 (Limited Edition) Blocker (for holding stick with right hand) – http://www.goaliemonkey.com/vaughn-goalie-blocker-velocity-7207-jr.html

Please email elitegoaltending@yahoo.com if interested.


For Sale – Jr. Set of Vaughn Goal Gear

July 11, 2010

Vaughn Epic Set (White/Red/Black). Pads are 25″+1. Wore for one season. For catch glove replaced standard lace with black skate lace to improve catching of pucks. Selling set for $175 (retail $350).  Below pictures with links to sites selling the gear to give you details. Great set of gear for the squirt-age.

Vaughn 8400 Jr Epic Pads (25″+1) – http://www.goaliemonkey.com/vaughn-goalie-leg-pads-epic-8400-jr.html

Vaughn 8400 Jr. Catch Glove (for left hand catcher) – http://www.goaliemonkey.com/vaughn-goalie-glove-epic-t8400-jr.html

Vaughn 8400 Jr. Blocker Glove (hold stick with right hand) – http://www.goaliemonkey.com/vaughn-goalie-blocker-epic-b8400-jr.html

Please email elitegoaltending@yahoo.com if interested.