Sunday, June 28, 2009

Marc-Andre Fleury Takes Home The Cup

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals would broil down to goaltending. Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins comes up huge in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs. There is no doubt that he is one huge reason for the Penguins to take home the cup. The performances that he was displaying was incredible. It didn't always seem like it to the media. Often they would speak about a bad game or a bad goal and not really give Marc-Andre Fleury any credit. If he had a good game, all the glory would go to Crosby and Malkin. If the team played bad, it seemed that the problem was the goalie.

Fleury is a well deserving goalie for the Stanley Cup. He has such a drive. Even down 2-0 in the series he had a positive attitude and he didn't quit like most goalies would do. He kept battling game in and game out for the whole playoffs. For such a young guy, I give him lots of credit. He has awesome mental toughness and is so fast which is one of his keys to success."I've played with him a long time, and he's developed as a goalie," Pittsburgh defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "But I think mentally he's gotten leaps and bounds better." Now from seeing Fleury in the playoffs for two years straight, its obvious that he is a great playoff goalie and plays calm under pressure.

Check out this video of Marc-Andre Fleury after winning the Stanley Cup:

Steve Mason, Calder Trophy Winner

This years 2009 Calder Memorial Trophy was awarded to Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He beat out Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks and Chris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks. I am so glad that a goalie won it this year.

The Calder Trophy is awarded to the top rookie of the year. The people that choose the winner is the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. This award has been around since 1936/37.

This year was a pretty obvious choice of who should win the Calder Trophy. In the regular season Steve Mason played 61 games with 33 wins and 20 loses. His goalie stats are as follows: 10 shutouts a GAA of 2.29 and a Save% of .916. That is an awesome record. Congratulations Steve Mason and best of luck in the future!

What Equipment You Need To Become a World Class Goalie

Goalie equipment is arguably the most complicated equipment to put on of any sport. Goalies also wear the most equipment of any other sport out there. You need so much equipment because if you are standing in front of a 90 mph slap shot, you don't want to get hurt. Ill make a list of the things that you need and some extra things you can get if you like but are not necessary. I will put it all in order of what to put on first.

Must Need Equipment:

1. Jock - Used to protect the pelvic area

2. Waist Strap - Used to keep up your hockey socks

3. Goalie Pants - Used to protect your legs and lower mid section

4. Goalie Skates - Make sure you get goalie skates and not player skates, they are two very different types

5. Goalie Pads - Used to protect your legs

6. Neck Guard - Keeps sticks and skates from cutting your throat

7. Chest and Arm Protector - Used to protect the chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms

Then put on your jersey.

8. Goalie Helmet - Make sure that you get a goalie helmet and not a player helmet because they are two very different helmets

9. Glove and Blocker - Keeps your hands safe and allows you to catch and block pucks.

10. Goalie Stick

If you have that you are ready to hit the ice. There are some additional things you can get that may help you. Here's what they are:

1. Mouth guard - Used to avoid concussions and keep your teeth safe.

2. Under Armor - Used to keep your body dry so you can stay comfortable throughout the ice time

3. Overalls - Used to hook up to your pants to avoid loose and saggy pants

4. Throat Shield - Hooks up to your helmet and protects your neck so pucks can't hit your neck

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Movement Drills

Doing movement drills is so important for goalies because if you can't move fast, you can't get your body in front of the puck like you should because otherwise you need to try and catch the puck to stop it. Goalies of all levels should be doing these drills or similar ones. The more movement drills you do, the better and faster you will become which will make you a much better goalie. Try and do these drills that are outlined here every time you go on the ice and you will notice a big difference.

This first drill is one of the most basic drills you can do to warm-up. It's called the house drill because it sort of outlines the shape of a house.

Directions: Start on X1 in your ready stance. T-push to X2 then stop. Rotate and T-push to X3. Stop, rotate and T-push to X4. Then do it starting from X4 back to X1.

The next drill is the "Y" drill this is a great drill if you are training for breakaways.

Directions: Start at X1. T-push to X2 and then scull out to X3 and stop. Skate backwards until you hit the top of your crease, then rotate and T-push to X4. Do it again except start from X4.

The next drill is the "Z" drill. This one is great for working on your lateral movement.

Directions: Start on X1. Shuffle over to X2. T-push out to X3 and then rotate and T-push over to X4. Then do it back to X1. Try starting on both posts.

The last drill is the half moon shuffle. This drill will help you with your angles and leg power.

Directions: Start on X1 and shuffle along the top of your crease to X2 and then back again

Always remember that the better your movement, the more saves you will make. Whenever you're doing movement always keep your head up, hand in front, stick on the ice, and lead with your eyes. Keep doing movement drills and you will find you will be getting a lot better a lot faster. Try doing variations of these drills. Try adding butterfly's or shots just to keep changing it up.

2008/09 Vezina Trophy Winner, Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild were the finalists for the 2008/09 Vezina Trophy award. The Vezina Trophy is awarded to the top goaltender in the NHL. They choose the winner by gathering 30 general managers of all the teams in the NHL and vote to determine the top goalie for that year.

The winner for the 2008/09 Vezina Trophy was Tim Thomas. He was awarded the trophy on June the 18th. Tim Thomas is a well deserving goaltender for this award. He ended of the season with a stellar 2.10 GAA, 0.933 save %, and 5 shutouts. He ended off leading the league with the top GAA and save %. In playoffs he posted a 0.935 save %, 1.85 GAA, and one shutout. Thomas has been playing for the Bruins since the 2005/06 season. He also made an appearance in this year's all star game. In the off season he runs a goalie camp which would be pretty cool to go to considering you would be learning from the best goalie in the world right now.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

How to Stay Relaxed and Confident During Big Games

Almost every goalie will one day play in a big game or have already played in a big game. Whether it be the Stanley Cup finals or just a big game decider if you will make playoffs or not. It's so important that you play at your peak performance in these big games. By playing great in big games you will get noticed and get scouted. Most likely you will stand out from the rest as being great under pressure which is a really good quality and what a lot of scouts look for.

The first thing you need to remember when entering any game is that it is just that, a game. You play because you love it. That's why players in the NHL are so good, because they love what they do and if you love it you tend to do better. But even players in the NHL have bad games and sometimes bad games just happen. When going into a big game you need to trust in your skills and believe that you will do well. Believing is huge. If you can believe that you can do it, you can do it. A big key is to start the game by having confidence. To do this you need to just keep telling yourself that you're the best and that nobody can score on you. If you tell yourself that you're going to do well, you will.

All goalies have experienced a game where you feel awesome and you feel on top of everything and everything is just working out. All the saves are just about making themselves and all the fans are going crazy. You need to try and get that same feeling and mindset into your body before your big game. Go for a walk or during your warm-up try and get that mindset for great confidence.

To stay relaxed in a game make sure that you have a good warm-up to build your confidence going into the game. Once you're in the game, what I always do is whenever the whistle goes, I go for a little skate into the corner, stretch or do a little movement drill. Don't do anything that will tire you out for the next play.

Make sure you drink lots of water before and during the game to keep cool and relaxed. Have a little something to eat a few hours before your game so that your totally ready to kick butt and have the best game of you're life.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Mental Game

Being mentally strong in net is so important. First off, you need to prepare mentally for the game before it even starts. The biggest thing is keeping positive before a game. The last thing that you need is to be negative because that will lower your confidence and keep you from having the best game of your life. There are many ways to mentally prepare for a big game but here is one that I find works the best. It's called the visualizing technique.

The way you use this technique is sit back, close your eyes, and imagine the scene. Get a clear picture in your mind when you were playing well and on top of your game. Then create the perfect situation. As you visualize you should become very emotional and confident. Create the image of what you are likely to experience as vividly as possible. See yourself handling difficult situations throughout the game. While remaining calm, playing at your best, making the saves from in close and from a far ways out. Repeat several times, see it happen, and feel it happen. Make sure you only visualize positive things about goaltending and nothing that is negative or will strike fear into you. An example of this is seeing yourself making a huge save when the game is crunching down on you.

Always try and reduce pressure. Pressure is something that you put on yourself. In most cases pressure is something that you make up in your head. What will people thing if i lose. The sooner you accept that pressure comes from within, the sooner you will start shutting it down. Here's some thoughts that produce pressure:

1. What if I don't do well
2. My career is on the line
3. What if they score from the red line
4. What if I blow the game for us
5. How about if the opposition scores first
6. What if I get pulled

Here's some thoughts that will reduce pressure

1. Just do the best that I can
2. Do my job the best I know how
3. I am going to have fun
4. Even if I'm not great today, tomorrows another day
5. Tough situations make me perform
6. Winning and losing is for the fans, I simply perform

Another thing that you must do before a game is make sure that you are thinking right. Reduce your negativism. Think right. Just say to yourself: pressure is something I put on myself, I accept full responsibility of my action. Mistakes happen, its apart of learning, I will give my best effort, and I'm having fun. I will pay the price, I will be successful, I take pride in what I represent. To achieve your fullest potential as a competitor, you must reduce you negative thoughts.

Goalie Nutrition

Many players active in today’s game have changed their eating habits and fluid intake, which helps their performance on and off ice. Carbohydrates are your main energy source in physical activity. If you have had bad nutritional eating habits your training could be all for nothing. Here is a sample of good, nutrition that will help you in your practices and in games.

1. Before your practice or game you should consume food that makes it easy on your system to absorb, and should be taken 3-4 hours prior to the practice, or game.

2. Consume a solid amount of carbohydrates that will increase the blood sugar level, 3 hours before the practice or game. Eg. (green peas, carrots, fruit, yogurt, oranges).

3. When the practice or game is over you should start consuming food that will get your blood sugar back up. Eg (juice, baked potato, chocolate).

You should be eating a lot of pasta, rice, breads, and vegetables, all of these foods are good carbohydrates and will control your appetite better. These foods should be eaten the night before the game and the day of the game, and eaten regularly throughout the week to help perform better in practice and games.

You should avoid having any sugars within an hour of competition weather it be a practice or a game. Consuming sugars close to game time or practice, will give you a boost and also make you tire out quickly, so avoid sugars close to competition.

Fluids are very important to your performance. Your body weight contains 60% of fluid wight so it is so important to understand the importance of fluid. If you have the slightest percentage of dehydration, your performance will be affected. Fluid in-take should happen all day especially close to game time. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure you do this for maximum results. After the even you should be drinking lots of fluids like water or juice.

Athletes should avoid fat foods as they get absorbed slowly. Although not all fatty food is bad for you, saturated fats are the enemy, unsaturated fats can be good for you . Eg. Fish is a healthy food because it contains essential fatty acids which can help your body. Other good fats are sunflower oil and sesame oil, but it doesn't mean you need a big portion of any of these. When you look after your body by eating well and drinking the right fluids your performance will improve significantly in a matter of time. Just keep in mind that you need to eat lots for maximum energy.

Example of a good breakfast

- Water
- Protein Shake
- Cereal with milk
- Banana, or some other fruit

Example of a good snack

- Protein Shake
- Fruits
- Vegetables

Example of a good pre-game meal

- Water
- Juice
- Soup
- Fruit

Example of a good post-game meal

- Water
- Juice
- Protein Shake
- Chicken/Tuna
- Recovery Drink

Example of a good Lunch/Supper

- Water
- Bread
- Potato's
- Steak
- Rice
- Salad

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Goalie Workout Plan


Day 1: Upper Body#1

Dumbbell Bench Press 3 sets 10 reps
Seated Rows 3 sets 10 reps
Overhead Triceps Extensions 3 sets 10 reps
Dumbbell Bicep Curls 3 sets 10 reps
Dumbbell Shoulder Press 3 sets 10 reps
core: Crunches 4 sets 20 reps
30 minute Run

Day 2: Legs#1

Leg Press 4 sets 12, 12, 10, 10 reps
Walking Lunges 3 sets 20 steps
Laying Leg Curls 5 sets 12, 12, 12, 10, 10 reps
Leg Extensions 3 sets 10 reps
Standing Calf Raises 4 sets 12 reps
Seated Calf Raises 3 sets 10 reps
core: Side Bends with dumbbells 4 sets 20 reps
20 minute Bike

Day 3: Upper Body#2

Inclined Dumbbell Bench Press 3 sets 10 reps
Wide Grip Pull Downs 3 sets 10 reps
Rope Triceps Pushdown 3 sets 10 reps
Inclined Dumbbell Curls 3 sets 10 reps
Seated Shrugs 3 sets 10 reps
core: Knee Raises 4 sets 20 reps
30 minutes Elliptical

Day 4: Legs#2

Bounce, Bounce, Jump Squat 3 sets work 15 seconds rest 30 seconds
Jump Alternating Lunges 3 sets work 15 seconds rest 30 seconds
Jump Bringing Knees Up 3 sets work 15 seconds rest 30 seconds
Leg Exchanges 3 sets work 45 seconds
Step Ups 3 sets work 45 seconds
20 minute Bike

Day 5: Upper Body#3

Dumbbell Bench Press 3 sets 10 reps
Seated Rows 3 sets 10 reps
Overhead Tricep Extensions 3 sets 10 reps
Dumbbell Bicep Curls 3 sets 10 reps
Dumbbell Shoulder Press 3 sets 10 reps
core: Ball Crunches 4 sets 20 reps
30 minute Run, Sprint 1 minute jog 30 seconds and repeat

Day 6: Rest
Day 7: Rest

2008/09 Playoff Goalie Stats

Most Games Played

Marc-Andre Fleury Pitsburgh Penguins 24

Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 23

Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes 18

Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago Blackhawks 15

Jonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks 13

Most Wins

Marc-Andre Fleury Pitsburgh Penguins 16

Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 15

Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes 8

Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago Blackhawks 8

Tim Thomas Boston Bruins 7

Goal Against Average

Tim Thomas Boston Bruins 1.85

Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 2.01

Jonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks 2.23

Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils 2.39

Roberto Luongo Vancouver Cunucks 2.52

Most Saves

Marc-Andre Fleury Pitsburgh Penguins 623

Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 590

Cam Ward Carolina Hurrianes 527

Jonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks 494

Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago Blackhawks 378


Jonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks .943

Tim Thomas Boston Bruins .935

Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils .929

Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings .926

Simeon Varlamov Washington Capitals .918


Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 2

Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes 2

Jonas Hiller Anaheim Ducks 2

Simeon Varlamov Washington Capitals 2

Tim Thomas Boston Bruins 1


Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings 2

Steve Mason Columbus Blue Jackets 1

Tim Thomas Boston Bruins 1


2008/09 Regular Season Top Goalie Stats

Most Games Played

Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames 76

Marty Turco Dallas Stars 74

Niklas Backstrom Minnesota Wild 71

Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 70

Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes 68

Most Wins

Miikka Kiprusoff
Calgary Flames 45

Evgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks 41

Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes 39

Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 38

Niklas Backstrom
Minnesota Wild 37

Lowest Goals against Average

Tim Thomas
Boston Bruins 2.10

Steve Mason
Columbus Blue Jackets 2.29

Niklas Backstrom
Minnesota Wild 2.33

Nikolai Khabibulin
Chicago Blackhawks 2.33

Roberto Luongo
Vancouver Canucks 2.34

Most Saves

Miikka Kiprusoff
Calgary Flames 1946

Niklas Backstrom
Minnesota Wild 1900

Henrik Lundqvist
New York Rangers 1839

Ilya Bryzgalov
Phoenix Coyotes 1807

Marty Turco
Dallas Stars 1790

Best Save Percentage

Tim Thomas
Boston Bruins .933

Tomas Vokoun
Florida Panthers .926

Craig Anderson
Florida Panthers .924

Niklas Backstrom
Minnesota Wild .923

Roberto Luongo
Vancouver Canucks .920

Most Shutouts

Steve Mason
Columbus Blue Jackets 10

Roberto Luongo
Vancouver Canucks 9

Niklas Backstrom
Minnesota Wild 8

Evgeni Nabokov
San Jose Sharks 7

Pekka Rinne
Nashville Predators 7

Most Assists

Marty Turco
Dallas Stars 5

Martin Biron
Philadelphia Flyers 4

Jose Theodore
Washington Capitals 3

Miikka Kiprusoff
Calgary Flames 3

Nikolai Khabibulin
Chicago Blackhawks 2


Most Stanley Cups by One Goalie

Winning The Stanley Cup is a true sign of a great goaltender. To win the cup you need to be better than good, average just doesn’t cut it at such a high level. Most goalies in the N.H.L. have never even won the Stanley Cup before. That sure wasn’t the case for Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante who each won the Stanley Cup six times each, the most Stanley Cups a goalie has ever won in their entire career.

Jacques Plante was the first goalie in N.H.L. history to win the Cup six times. He won it in 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960 playing for the Montreal Canadians. He played for the Canadians from 1953 to 1963 where he won all of his Cups. Five of his wins were consecutive. After playing in Montreal he got traded around to the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Boston Bruins. Plante was the first goalie to wear a mask. Throughout his career he had an outstanding 2.34 goals-against average in 837 games and recorded 82 shutouts.

Ken Dryden was next in line for winning the Stanley Cup six times. He claimed the Cup in 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979. He won the Cup four consecutive times. Just like Jacques Plante, he won the Cup all six times with Montreal Canadians. Ken Dryden was drafted in 14th overall in 1964 to the Boston Bruins. Dryden refused to play for Boston so they traded him to Montreal in 1964. He made his first N.H.L. debut in 1971. Dryden recorded an outstanding 2.24 goals-against average in 397 N.H.L. games.

The Next closest goalie is Grant Fuhr with 5 Stanley Cups. Fuhr won the cup in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990 all for the Edmonton Oilers. Fuhr was drafted 8th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft but played for many other teams as well. In 1981 – 1991 he played for Edmonton Oilers. In 1991 -1993 he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1992 – 1995 he played for Buffalo Sabres. In 1994 – 1995 he played for Los Angeles Kings. In 1995 – 1999 he played for St. Louis Blues and in 1999 – 2000 he played for Calgary flames.

Winning The Stanley Cup isn’t a very easy thing to do, that’s why it’s such a great accomplishment for Jacques Plante, and Ken Dryden, to win the Cup six times and Grant Fuhr to win the Cup five times.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

NHL Goalie with Most Points

Playing In goal is all about stopping the puck for most goalies. That wasn’t the case for some of these tope goalies. These goalies could not only stop the puck, but act like a third defenseman to the team and capturing tons of assists. Here is a list of the NHL goalies with the most points.

Most Points by a Goaltender, Career

Tom Barrasso, 48 assists
Grant Fuhr-46 assists

Most Points by a Goaltender, One Season

Grant Fuhr, 1983-84, 14 assists
Ron Hextall, 1988-89, 1 goal, 8 assists

Curtis Joseph,, 1991-92, 9 assists
Mike Palmateer, 1980-81, 8 assists
Grant Fuhr, 1987-88, 8 assists
Tom Barrasso, 1992-93, 8 assists
Ron Hextall, 1987-88, 1 goal, 6 assists
Mike Vernon, 1987-88, 7 assists

Most Points by a Goaltender, One Game

Jeff Reese, Feb 10, 1993, 3 assists

NHL Goalies Credited with a Goal

Indirect Goal: Goaltender credited for goal but opposition scored on their own net

Direct Goal: Goal was scored by shooting the puck directly into oppositions net


Name: Billy Smith
Team: New York Islanders
Season: 1979-80
Date: November 28, 1979
Opposing Team: Colorado Rockies
Indirect Goal


Name: Ron Hextall
Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Season: 1987-88
Date: December 8, 1987
Opposing Team: Boston Bruins
Direct Goal


Name: Ron Hextall
Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Season: 1988-89
Date: April 11, 1989
Opposing Team: Washington Capitals
Direct Goal


Name: Chris Osgood
Team: Detroit Red Wings
Season: 1995-96
Date: March 6, 1996
Opposing Team: Hartford Whalers
Direct Goal


Name: Martin Brodeur
Team: New Jersey Devils
Season: 1996-97
Date: April 17, 1997
Opposing Team: Montreal Canadians
Indirect Goal


Name: Damian Rhodes
Team: Ottawa Senators
Season: 1998-99
Date: January 2, 1999
Opposing Team: New Jersey Devils
Indirect Goal


Name: Martin Brodeur
Team: New Jersey Devils
Season: 1999-2000
Date: February 15, 2000
Opposing Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Indirect Goal


Name: Jose Theodore
Team: Montreal Canadians
Season: 2000-01
Date: January 2, 2001
Opposing Team: New York Islanders
Direct Goal


Name: Evgeni Nabokov
Team: San Jose Sharks
Season: 2001 - 02
Date: March 10, 2002
Opposing Team: Vancouver Canucks
Direct Goal


Name: Mika Noronen
Team: Buffalo Sabres
Season: 2003-04
Date: February 14, 2004
Opposing Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Indirect Goal


Name: Chris Mason
Team: Nashville Predators
Season: 2005-06
Date: April 15, 2006
Opposing Team: Phoenix Coyotes
Indirect Goal

NHL Starting Goalie Salary 2008/09


New Jersey Devils: Martin Brodeur Salary - $5,200,000.00

New York Islanders: Rick DiPietro Salary - $4,500,000.00

New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist Salary - $7,750,000.00

Philadelphia Flyers: Antero Niittymaki Salary - $1,375,000.00

Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury Salary - $3,500,000.00


Boston Bruins: Tim Thomas Salary - $1,100,000.00

Buffalo Sabres: Ryan Miller Salary - $3,500,000.00

Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price Salary - $850,000.00

Ottawa Senators: Pascal Leclaire Salary - $3,000,000.00

Toronto Maple Leafs: Vesa Toskala Salary - $4,000,000.00


Atlanta Thrashers: Kari Lehtonen Salary - $3,000,000.00

Carolina Hurricanes: Cam Ward Salary - $2,500,000.00

Florida Panthers: Tomas Vokoun Salary - $5,500,000.00

Tampa Bay Lightning: Mike Smith Salary - $950,000.00

Washington Capitals: Jose Theodore Salary - $4,500,000.00


Chicago Blackhawks: Nikolai Khabibulin Salary - $6,750,000.00

Columbus Blue Jackets: Steve Mason Salary - $850,000.00

Detroit Red Wings: Chris Osgood Salary - $1,700,000.00

Nashville Predators: Pekka Rinne Salary - $575,000.00

St Louis Blues: Chris Mason Salary - $3,000,000.00


Calgary Flames: Miikka Kiprusoff Salary - $8,500,000.00

Colorado Avalanche: Peter Budaj Salary - $800,000.00

Edmonton Oilers: Dwayne Roloson Salary - $3,000,000.00

Minnesota Wild: Niklas Backstrom Salary - $3,100,000.00

Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo Salary - $7,000,000.00


Anaheim Ducks: Jonas Hiller Salary - $1,300,000.00

Dallas Stars: Marty Turco Salary - $5,700,000.00

Los Angeles Kings: Jonathan Quick Salary - $550,000.00

Phoenix Coyotes: Ilya Bryzgalov Salary - $4,000,000.00

San Jose Sharks: Evgeni Nabokov Salary - $5,500,000.00

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Top 7 Goalie Camps in North America

Camp #1: GDI

GDI is a world-leader in the development of hockey goaltenders. The tools and techniques developed by GDI have revolutionized the way that goalies play the game. Traditionally, GDI has conducted summer camps, in-season and off-season consulting programs and published an array of development resources and periodicals. Over the course of GDI's history, it's reputation has grown due to exceptional knowledge of the goaltending position and the ability to consistently convey that knowledge to coaches and goalies. The founder and president, Ian Clark (Roberto Luongo's Goalie coach), can be credited with establishing this unparalleled success.

Camp #2: Dynamic Goaltending

Their coaches have a comprehensive understanding of goaltending and hockey in general. This experience allows them to thoroughly assess each goaltender which results in a development program that addresses weaknesses and improves strengths. Development is achieved through the breaking down of skills into their manageable components. As a component is mastered a subsequent component is added. As mastery of a skill is achieved a drill with greater complexity is added to progress development through repetition and instruction.

Camp #3: Future Pro

Former NHL goaltender, Steve McKichan, BS.Ed, has been turning goalies into Future Pros for nearly two decades. His program has become the most popular, full-time, personally delivered program in North America. Future Pro is the ONLY program available with the unique combination of credentials, commitment, quality and proven results. Steve has worked as Ed Belfour's Goaltending Coach and as the Goaltending Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2004 - 2008

Camp #4: Goaltending Consultant Group

Goaltending is the key to winning hockey games. Without a great goalie a team has a limited chance of going far, but the goaltender is still the most neglected major position in all of sports. The Goaltending Consultant Group consists of many of the top goalie coaches in North America. They are committed to providing goaltenders the best resources available in order to give them the greatest opportunity to succeed. The GCG Consultants provide one of the best on-ice skill developments available.

Camp #5: Rick St. Croix School of Goaltending

Former NHL goalie Rick St. Croix has developed an internationally recognized training program designed specifically for goalies. All programs designed by Rick follow these principles:

- Provide the best personal goaltending instruction available

- Encourage sportsmanship, fair play and a positive attitude towards coaches

- Have fun while learning the skilly of the game

Rick's programs are designed to address the needs of all ages (7 and older) and skill levels (casual, tiered, junior, and pro). In fact, Rick currently serves as the Goaltending Coach for the Manitoba Moose (Cory Schneider) of the AHL.

Camp #6: Jon Elkin's Goalie Schools

In 1984, Jon Elkin started his hockey goalie school at 16 years of age as a part-time venture in Montreal, Quebec where he grew up. He moved to Toronto 15 years ago to operate the school full-time. Since then the school has grown into the largest hockey goalie school in the world. It operates year-round seven days per week including ten straight weeks of summer goalie hockey training where students congregate from all over the world to learn modern day hockey goalie tips and techniques. Jon Elkin has a passion and drive for growing goaltenders which is one of the main reasons his camps are all so good.

Camp #7: Jim Park Goalie School

Since 1985 the Jim Park Goalie School has been teaching the butterfly style to goalies of all ages and skill levels from around the world. Long before there was a"Quebec Butterfly" and even before Patrick Roy won his first Stanley Cup we knew that the butterfly was the key to developing successful goaltenders. when others were criticizing the butterfly style and telling goalies to stay on their feet we were teaching an encouraging goalies to use the butterfly because it was to their advantage. Now, virtually every successful goalie at the junior, college, and pro level use the butterfly to make over 80% of their saves. Over 20 years later we are still the butterfly experts and white goaltending has changed tremendously in that time we have continued to study, adapt and refine the way that we teach the position.
Jim Park Breaks Goaltending down into these key areas:
- Skating and Mobility
- Skill Development
- Focus
-Save Selection
- Rebound Control
- Recovery