Goalies: Does being an Angry Goalie help?

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We’ve all been there, we’ve had that frustration. You’re getting scored on repeatedly and nobody is doing anything. The ref blows a huge call. It’s been building and building all game, and by the 4th or 5th goal, you can’t take it anymore! You have a goalie outburst! Sometimes it just cant be helped, some of us goalies are not so zen between the pipes. I know myself personally I have had a very bad tendency for frustration in the net. I come out on the ice as a goalie to have a good fun game, where everyone takes part, and sometimes when things get out of hand, I don’t like it so much. Us as the goalies however don’t come out to be embarrassed, or made fun of, and when the score starts getting pretty high, that’s what it can feel like.

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NHL Playoffs 2015: NHL Goalies of current contenders

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The season is more than halfway over. We’ve finished the All-star game and with the trade deadline being the only major event left, it won’t be long until we’re getting into the playoffs. We’ll be seeing huge hits, shot blocks, and my favorite; desperation saves. However, who will be making these desperation saves this year? As it stands, before trade deadline, the match ups are quite interesting. We may be in for the lowest scoring playoffs in years with so many good net minders making appearances this year, I’m sure of this for many reasons.

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The 2015 NHL All-Star Game

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Boy, now wasn’t that a bit of fun? With the all-star game and its showcase passing this weekend, it might be a good idea to highlight the showcase and shed some light on the spectacle of hockey skills we get treated to each year at the mid-season point.

The All-star game, as it’s known has been around since the beginning of the NHL, and in a manner of speaking actually predates the NHL itself. There are multiple cases of respected Canadian hockey clubs hosting benefit games, notably for deceased, injured, or retiring players. For example in 1908 an “all-star” game was held in Montreal featuring the Montreal Wanderers and all-star players from the Eastern Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. This game was held for Hod Stuart, a Montreal player who drowned only months after winning the Stanley Cup in 1907. There are three more instances of “benefit” games being played for players or their families, and one of the last benefits was actually played to the same cause as the first, as Babe Siebert, a player for the Canadiens at the time, would drown in Lake Huron in 1939.

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Goalie Skates: It’s in the cut

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Recently, I’ve done articles on some important goalie equipment, specifically on pads and masks for us goaltenders. These pieces of equipment are extremely important, as was previously mentioned, but they are also some of the more visually pleasing or iconic parts of a goalie’s set up. But what about the equipment that’s barely seen? Is it arguably less important than the rest of a goalies gear? Some pieces, perhaps, but under those pads are likely one of the most important, and personal pieces of equipment for a goalie. His skates!

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Respect the Classics

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Well, another year has gone by, and with that so has the holidays! For us Canadian’s that’s back to work, back to the extreme cold, and best of all, back to Hockey! With temperatures now dropping into the consistent negative double digits it’s about time we all started thinking about grabbing the spare stick and skates and heading onto the ponds! Now it’s a bit of a stretch sometimes for us goalies to bring out all of our equipment to play in net (if there even is one!) but I know we still do it from time to time. There’s just something about playing one of our favorite sports outdoors in the crisp winter air, and even the NHL knows it.

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Goalies: The Goalie Mask

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The goalie mask is a pretty well-known piece of equipment, not even among us goalies or hockey fans, but pretty much everyone knows this iconic symbol of the ice hockey goaltender. Of course this has even more meaning now, breaking it down to personal knowledge of the goalie, as customization has gone crazy. From types, shapes, strapping, protection and paint jobs, almost no mask is the same anymore.

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Goalies: How the Colour of Goalie Pads Matters

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A goalie’s equipment is a somewhat personal matter. We all take pride on some sort of level with the gear that we own. It’s ours, we wear it constantly, and so much of it can reflect how we play as well as our personality. Some pads may be outgoing and flashy, while others conservative and utility based, but the decision between these two choices can all be reflected in the choice of colours for your pads.

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Hockey Life: Today’s Goalie Pads

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Boy, we goalies have come a long way with our equipment, haven’t we? It seems like just a few seasons ago that everyone was still stopping pucks with thick leather pads of every team color that could have been incorporated, tastefully or not. A lot of pads were shaped relatively similar too, with all having the standard thigh rise, outer roll, knee rolls, and for the most part they all had boot breaks. Oddly enough, NHL regulations were a little lackadaisical compared to the way things are now. We’ve seen a number of revisions, specifically on pads. We even had a goalie pad change last season, reducing the pads thigh height.

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NHL Goalies: Arizona Coyotes

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Hello everyone, back again for another week of Goalie Talk! We’re quite a bit into the regular season now in the NHL, and goaltending positions are starting to sort out now. Around this time teams should have figured out who their number one is (for the time being of course), as well as their number two. This year seems to be pretty steady and pretty predictable for goaltending, as most probable starters have their position locked up, with not many surprises. Last week I talked about the Anaheim Ducks and how their goaltending situation is, concluding that Frederik Andersen seems pretty secure for the starting position. As we reach the early-mid season of play, things should be getting very steady in terms of starting goalies, without accounting for any unfortunate injuries. The next team to be discussed is a team that has always had trouble with goaltending, but lately it hasn’t really been a question who has the number one spot.

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NHL Goalies: The Anaheim Ducks

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Where has the time gone? The start of the NHL season has already passed, and the competition is just starting to heat up amongst teams. That being said, with the season at an early stage, there is even more competition between players bidding for longer ice time and starting positions. Some of the largest competition will likely be between the starting and backup goalies. Many times the beginning of the season is a clean slate and any goalie can get the number one spot. At this point in time many teams are flip-flopping between their probable starter, backup, and bringing up call-ups from the minors. This is either for an early rest for the starter, or to see what the future holds for the team. With all this confusion going on between the pipes, I thought it would be a great time of the year to do a weekly “review” or spotlight for a team to shed some light on their goalie situations in the past, present, and future.

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