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Tips for the Hockey Goalie Amateur

So you want to be a pro hockey player? Aside from never losing sight of your dream, there are some things you can do to actually get there.

Practice skating skills.

Goaltending’s foundation is balance and edges. A good skater is usually a good goaltender. Before each practice and game, your warmup must include simple skating drills. For example, use a T-push for long crease movements and shuffles when you need to change your position side to side. You don’t have to take long with either. Maybe go for one set of 10 reps each, which is about two to 10 minutes. Most professional goalies practice these skating drills as part of their routine. Do as the pros and you will one day be in their place.

Improve 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. The pros do this for their day-to-day warm-up.

Be ready in mind.

Most pros would tell you that goal-tending is predominantly mental. So before you come in contact with the ice, be sure your mind is ready. Look for a quiet spot where you can be alone for at least ten minutes, building up focus. Imagining yourself playing and playing it right can be a great help to your game. It can make a world of difference when you’re trying to make a good decision.

Maintain good physical fitness.

If you’re a goalie, being the hardest worker and most physically fit player on a team is a must. Mike Richter of the New York Rangers won the fitness award year after year. Hall of Famer Ed Belfour used to be a triathlete . St.Louis’ Brian Elliott is recognized for being among the hardest-working goalies of the sport. As a goalie, you serve as the rock that your teammates look up to. Don’t give them reason to have doubts. By staying fit and working hard, they will feel more assured that you will always have their back.

Be resilient.

Lastly, be aware that even the best goalies know they will have their share of bad goals and bad games. It’s all natural. As the pros do, learn about the importance of not minding it, and of never letting it affect your drive for your game. You are going to get scored on, but don’t fuss over it. Martin Brodeur had been scored on close to 3,000 times in his entire carer – now did it stop him on the success path? Obviously not.