Life of a Hockey Goalie

My physical battle with a mental game

Game Diary: Entry #1

My initial thoughts for the main usage of this blog was as a game diary. I find it quite intriguing that with a click of a button, I can look back to my successful games. Yet another helpful mental aid.

I am coming off of three games where my performance has been decent, but there were many mental miscues. I lacked intensity and focus at key moments. This didn’t necessarily lead to three losses, but highlighted areas in need of improvement.  Proper mental preparation was made essential before this game. I got in the “zone” early, visualizing a game with added intensity. I got the ticket to start in goal this game, and felt quite confident at puck drop.

One thing I didn’t lack in this game was communication. Shouting encouragement, alerting my defense. By the end of the game I could hardly talk. My angles were solid, and I challenged the shooters well without being over-aggressive. I battled, and never took any play for granted. Sometimes when you are so in-tune to a game, movements begin to feel instinctive. There were a few defensive lapses on our part, which resulted in a 2-0 goal. At one point in the game I didn’t “pounce” on a rebound when I should have, allowing a second chance and a goal for the opposition. My coach approached me at the end of the game extremely impressed with my solid performance. I felt this game brought me back in-sync just by playing hard and battling. Hard work is the key to admirable results.

Pro Stock Pickup

A brief unboxing. Just a small pickup, but a cool one. A Pro Stock Nashville Predators #39 Anders Lindback laundry bag. Lindback currently plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning (which happens to be my favorite team). Bag features: Heavy duty mesh, Velcro closure, Screen printed logo, I.D. Tag, Hand stitched numbers. Hint: For a higher resolution image, click on a photo.

 

 

 

Where Are They Now?

A gallery consisting of where a few NHL goalies play during the lockout.

Numbers Game

Is there meaning to the numbers us hockey goalies wear on our backs? Almost every goalie has a story, long or short, on how he chose his. Mine? 30. It’s my high school number for hopefully only this season. I have gone back and forth over the years between almost every number between 30-39.  My very first number was in fact 30 then 36 then 39 then 35 now back to 30. Why? Well I can attribute this to the great Marty Brodeur:

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Eventually I wanted to take my own route (hence 36). But now I think 35 or 39 are mainstays. It’s easy to see why so many of today’s goalies have primarily 30-39 stitched on their backs. Just look back in time. Terry Sawchuck (30), Tony Esposito (35), Patrick Roy (33). Who wouldn’t want to be just like their idols? Hence that is why a heavy percentage of today’s NHL goalies wear numbers 30-39. As to why Terry, Tony, and Patrick chose these numbers. Not sure, but they sure did start a trend. Take a look at former Nashville Predators goaltending tandem. Pekka Rinne, and Anders Lindback:

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Both very similar playing styles if I might mention. Both have 35 and 39 stitched on the jerseys. Hmmm… Enough with this meandering.

Hoping to improve the blog, as well as have a post about where some of the NHL ‘tenders are playing because of the lockout. And if I might add; USA vs Russia in the World Junior Championships tomorrow at 9 am EST on NHL Network. Go USA.

The Starting Block

Hi there, and welcome.

Owning a blog is a new experience for me. As time passes, the level of my proficiency is sure to go up. In the mean time let me tell you why I created this blog.

A Game Diary- Sure you have heard that many NHL’ers have game diaries. I thought, why not? It is always a bonus to be able to go back to my good performances, and to digest the rough ones. Goaltending is a mental position, and success is synonymous with mental assuredness.

Gear- Why not? We are the only players in the line-up with the cool looking gear. What’s not to love? Our gear is our second skin, so you must be comfortable in it.

Phycological Meanderings- There is a lot to wonder about this game. Whatever comes to mind I guess.

Hockey Talk- Sometimes its good just to talk about hockey. Now granted under the NHL lockout, there isn’t much to talk about. But hey the World Junior Championships are in full swing. Enjoy the live hockey.