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  1. @Max27 I agree - it certainly can be a touchy issue. I think you have to sell it as "how we can better work together to reduce GA". A good approach is a suggestion about how a change in their play that can help you, as opposed to making it about their shortcomings. Of course, there will always be the guys who's only reply is "just do your job and stop the puck". If you have a bunch of those people on your team, you are doomed to stagnate... Having said all that - I would gladly take input from my team - they watch me play all the time. I would love to have them say something like "you are getting beat on X play because of Y". Of course that assumes they know a thing about goaltending - which most don't. I made a comment to someone the other day that, because goalies are always watching and involved in the game, and are always trying to figure out what a forward will do, we probably know a lot more about the other 2 positions than they ever will about ours.
  2. First, I think your idea is sound and I suspect successful beer league teams have this communication at some level. Unfortunately I have to agree with @WillyGrips13. Ask yourself this – how many of your teammates are now (or have recently been) on any forum asking how they can improve their play or make their team better? I’ll give you a hint, it’s probably a number shaped like a donut. Further, after the game, do you hear guys talking between themselves saying things like “on that odd man rush we should have done xxx”? We as goalies tend to be just as you stated in your OP – trying to constantly improve our game,.. Why? Because when a goal happens we tend to place the responsibility directly on our own shoulders. Forwards and D can make a mistake that lead to a goal but they tend to slough it off – too bad the tender didn’t stop that one…. Forwards and D rarely tend to think about improvement on a personal level and pretty well never on a holistic level – which is what you are trying to do. In the case of the latter, that is exactly why some teams never improve – their thinking is if we play enough together we will gel and become a super team. While that may be true, most of us aren’t going to live long enough for that to evolve. So they have a beer, pack their bags and dream about that “someday” when it magically happens, with no extra effort. I guess the real question is, is there people on your team that you believe are approachable and would accept input? Using baby steps, you could sell it by approaching your D with the question of knowing what they want (i.e. “how/where would you like me to set the puck on a shoot in?”). I bet from there you could generate some two way conversation that could be very fruitful. Even if you can engage one person away from the game it will probably snowball. In this case , @CJ Boiss'comment comes into play – I tend to do the same, calling out specifics to my D. I occasionally have some fellows tell after the game tell me it is helpful. That would be the person I would target for discussion.
  3. True, but when minor hockey/and or leagues bans goalie masks of a certain date or style because of safety concerns, then people are forced to change - and buy what manufacturers have to offer that meets spec. The year I started playing in net was the first year they banned the super safe Cooper HM7 goalie mask as well as the sturdy SK-100 helmet (below) - lots of parents were scrambling for new stuff. Pretty sure Cooper knew it was coming and had replacements (such as my ultra-strong HM6 polycarbonate alternative with the 1/8 thick foam pads you strategically placed yourself)
  4. It seems to me a lot of people here are doing a lot of (good) conceptualizing that the mask makers will profit from...
  5. ^^ While I agree suspending the cage will help - not all shots are to the cage. This is where separating the head from the mask in general works better (yes this was done during take-away-all-the goalie’s-confidence err – warmup). Sorry for the big pic...
  6. Exactly - while the idea is correct, in execution, that setup only protects from straight-on shots to the cage. As the springs are set up to recoil in one direction, a shot to the side of the cage would not be cushioned. Any shot to the shell would transmit through as well as it bypasses the spring mounted cage. No disrespect to the catcher community, they typically have the ball coming straight-on so it works for them. I posted about my idea for a dual density sweat band in the first page of this thread, which essentially emulates the spring loaded cage, but because it is behind the shell, it doesn't matter if the shot is to the cage or the shell. I am thinking now a good way to employ this would be to replace the section of hard foam in the shell the sweatband typically Velcros to with say a 2" wide strip of resilient rubber/foam. Then you have a dual density system -resilient mask foam and sweatband foam.
  7. Agree strongly with pretty well everything written in this thread. Since I discovered/developed it at the start of my tending tenure, my main go-to has been, and probably always be, reading the stick. While I don’t consciously look away from whatever part of my body I will block with, I never have been a big fan of the “track it into your glove” fandom – I’m too old and slow. Same with the big hoopla of pushing “turn your head and look”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a goalie who sits there and says, ahh, screw it I’m just gonna cranky my eyes way over and track that puck, too hard to turn the whole head. Honestly I think I would really have to work at not following by cranking my neck. As far as reaction time is concerned – yes, there is a point when the combination of distance and shot speed will make it impossible to rely on reflex as human reaction time is limited – with the flexible sticks currently being used reflexive save time has become a small window. For me, my only defense beside depth is reading the stick. Further to @Mroy31's comment about the glove save, if you look at most "fantastic" glove saves made by NHL goalie in slow-mo replay, the glove was in the right position before the puck was shot (probably due to reading the play/stick) - the only reason it moved up by the ear was either due to trying to "cushion" the shot (to ensure it stays in the glove) or to sell the save (i.e the quintessential windmill). My assumptions that this is a valid tack is born out in the following thoughts: Why are 1-timers and slapshots (and to some extents tips) so hard to stop? To me because there is no time to read the stick – the blade angle is pretty well “covert” ‘til contact is made with the puck and by that time too late for a reaction save ( in those cases good depth combined with physically tracking the puck with my whole body is my best defense). @coopaloop1234 stated that in his lower level group he relies on reflex more. I am assuming this works because the not only are the shots slower, but there’s more time to read the stick (conversely I find I struggle with lower level groups because I read the stick and react, but a lot of the times with lower-skilled players, the puck does not go where the stick “says” it’s going i.e. the classic blooper shot that does about 17 flips in the air before it gets to the net instead of that nice crisp shot you catch or blocker to the corner) More proof is what I call the “extrapolation save: I can see the original shot being taken - say from the slot - and by the blade position I can see where it’s supposed to go - just before it disappears into a massive screen. I can’t say how many times I’ve extrapolated where the puck should go (assuming it’s not deflected), put a pad or a glove there and voila – shot stopped. That in itself seems to go against the theory that you need to see the puck all the way to your pad and support the theory we rely on more that just reflex.
  8. So, how long have you played for the Russian U20 squad?
  9. I think it has to be if Canada wants to take it. One of the big reasons they lost to the Russians in the round robin was because the Russians manhandled them . Hoping Canada can dole some back out and take some control.
  10. For those of us under 6'3, please visit the egress
  11. For brevity I didn't launch into it in my previous post, but back in the'70s you didn't get a length printed on a stick, it was always lie. You just found one that worked for you and hoped like hell they didn't sop making them (luckily around here it was SherWood - only the rich kids could afford Koho😁). I have seen lie values printed on some sticks now, but it's few and far between. It's interesting that such an important piece of goaltending hardware can be fairly well defined by two values and presently you usually only get one (length) and that value isn't even standardized.I guess until the NHL suspects sticks are limiting the number of goals scored, they won't force manufacturers to standardize in any way (tongue heavily in cheek)
  12. OK – I will see @RichMan’s 2cents (so you at least get 4 cents out of this if nothing more). The place I would be concerned about this thread is a newbie trying to use the data here as a gauge for stick height. In the first case, as we all know the proclaimed stick length vs. reality can be a crapshoot. There doesn’t even seem to be a standard measuring procedure to quantify length (i.e. start and stop points to measure between), so trying to compare size by advertised dimensions is tenuous. Secondly, as mentioned elsewhere, the lie plays into the overall height of a stick. Without factoring that in the waters become muddier. Finally and most importantly, per RichMan’s observations, there is a lot to consider with regard to stance and style of play when considering a stick length – dare I say this is the most important point? When I returned to the position, I started with a 26” stick because I read on one forum that no adult goalie should play with anything shorter. That succeeded for me – succeeded to screw up my balance and result in a load of goals going in stick side under my arm. As an experiment, I decided to determine the proper height for a stick blind to printed size (by using a mock) and ended up (by physical comparison to the mock) trying a cheap 23.5” Bauer - yes, intermediate sizing. Suddenly the under-the-blocker-arm goals became pretty well non existent, and my movement in the net a lot smoother, as my stance was not being driven by my stick (goals against took a noticeable drop). On page 1 of this post, @Fullright stated he is 5’-5” and uses a 25” or 26” stick. Even though I am 2.5 inches taller than him I use a stick (advertised as) 1.5” – 2.5” shorter than his. This isn't surprising as any of you familiar with Fullright's videos knows he plays a very skilled standup stye. Even though we are close to the same "vintage" I play more of a b-fly biased-hybrid style", seeing as I wasn't stopping anything staying up anyway (not that b-fly has helped any).
  13. Interesting: on the 2nd, 3rd and to some extent the 4th GA, the goals all went in the side of the net from which he was moving (i.e. against the grain). I wonder if the foot motion is pushing him farther over than he thinks/intends. I battled being beat on against-the-grain shots on cross-slot/cross-hashmark cuts for a long time. Finally in desperation I started making a conscious effort to narrow up my foot placement on shuffles to reduce/slow up my lateral motion. It made a huge difference, so my assumption is that I was moving way too far for the situation.
  14. So did I - that was 40 years ago - I guess I was wrong... Keeping the bootstrap pretty loose is a key part but most of all I'm a big fan of driving the knees down as opposed to just letting gravity do the work.
  15. LOL - my carpet in my office is very low pile so there's not much rolling resistance. I think I should get some extra deep shag rug (red or blue to be extra annoying). That would really increase the rolling resistance and help get me some "schwarzenegger" like thighs!
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