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  1. Surprised there's nothing here on this topic, figured I'd get the ball rolling. Played ball hockey ~20 years, transitioned to roller hockey & have played it for about 10 years. Wholly self-taught goalie, so take this with a grain of salt. This is a surprisingly difficult transition. Bring plenty of humility. Good news is that you can do LOTS of grinding by yourself. Bad news is that there is a learning curve and you are going to concede goals you won't be very happy with. Nobody gets to be a black belt without first being a white belt, it's just the way of the world. Biggest difference is going down - you almost seem to stick to the ground! Even a gym floor lets you slide/shimmy once you are down, but the cement surface I play on does not. Before taking shots, practice the mechanics of your butterfly, then practice going down into the butterfly and back up to your feet, then practice going into your butterfly while moving side to side, like if you were facing a cross-crease one-timer. That third one is most difficult, it puts a surprising amount of strain on the inside of your knees and groin, and you may find that it feels unsafe for the first while that you play rollergoalie. For sure do it gently the first few times you try it! You really ought to do all these things before taking shots. It should only take you 5 minutes to get familiar with these motions, although you may play for quite a while before you feel comfortable going into a butterfly while moving cross-crease, which is IMO the most difficult and highest risk-of-injury save selection in rollerhockey. There's a good reason that the pad stack is not obselete in roller hockey! Next biggest difference is your skating mechanics - if you don't know these techniques already, learn the C-cut and the T-push, both of which are easy to learn from youtube videos. You will use the C-cut when changing position and when adjusting depth, you will use the T-push for big angle changes, and you will shuffle for small ones. Shuffling on rollerblades is more awkward than on feet. Your first session in net, most of your attention should be on your skating and on safely going down and getting back up. If anyone comments on your reduced save percentage, tell them it's not a contract season and there will be no refunds or post-game interviews. Next biggest difference is the trajectory of a ball versus that of a puck. A ball can bend, swerve and/or curl in all kinds of interesting ways. I've had balls hit me in the chest that had so much spin on them that they rolled up my chest, over my shoulder and into the net! The puck can't do anything like that (well, it can flutter on a clumsy release but those are uncommon). It goes in a straight line from the point of release. This makes the goalie's job MUCH easier! Set a puck down in scoring position with a go-pro on the ground directly behind it. Now get to one of your posts and pretend there is a scrum in the near side corner. Glance at the puck you have set down, as though you are in a game situation glancing at motion. Return your gaze to the imaginary corner battle. Visualize the puck being centered, and move with as much explosiveness and technical skill as you can manage so that you are addressing the puck with the go-pro behind it. Once you think you are in perfect position to make the save, drop into the most technically perfect butterfly you can manage. Now skate to the other post and do the whole thing 10 times. The first five sets focus on perfect technique, the second five sets pick up the pace a little bit. Now go watch the go-pro - it will tell you if your positioning is accurate. This is, to a goalie, what practicing with a metronome is to a musician. Any part of your body that is outside of the net is being wasted! Any net that the go-pro can see is a place the puck could score on you. Watch for and reduce "double-coverage" - part of your glove may be covering part of the net that your chest is already covering, for instance. Experiment with this every so often - no matter how good you become, there is always room for improvement. Ideally you should be covering 80+% of the net. You should also know where you are not covering - good shooters will aim there, and being a good shooter is less of an advantage if the goalie knows where you want to shoot before you take the shot. I've played with and without rollerfly pad extensions (the plastic things with the bearings that give you some of the slide you would get on ice). If two goalies are still getting used to roller hockey, the goalie with rollerfly has a decisive advantage over the one who does not. I also felt safer using the butterfly save selection while moving cross-crease, however, I now feel just as safe doing this save selection with or without the rollerfly. If both goalies are used to roller hockey, it's a much smaller advantage. They are still useful for extending the life of your pads - a lot of the wear and tear of sliding on the concrete has been absorbed by my rollerflies, which are all chewed up. I guesstimate they extended the life of my pads by two seasons. You are probably already doing the frog stretch right before you play. After the frog stretch, before shifting positions, practice extending and retracting your legs, as though they are pinball flippers and you are alternating them. This will increase your ability to reposition yourself after going down but without getting back up, which is much more difficult in roller hockey. Positioning is vital! Think about your x, y and z axis. X is left-right along the goal line. Y is near-far from the goal line. Z is the rotation of your hips. You hips should ALWAYS be square to the shot! When challenging the shooter, I go x->z->y, in that order, as quickly as possible. When I'm really on my game it feels like one fluid motion. In ball hockey, the high shots are harder and the low shots are easier. In roller hockey it's the other way around. I find "just above the pad" to be more difficult than "top cheese," your mileage may vary. In ball hockey, a shot can be released much more quickly. Once you are used to that, pucks seem to have a very long release, especially when the puck is being raised. I find it MUCH easier to read a shot with a puck than with a ball. This is the biggest advantage that you get from your ball hockey background! In ball hockey, I find the backhander to be much more formidable, partly because it is so much easier to raise, and partly because it's so much more difficult to read. The backhander is much less useful with a puck. Lunging saves and second saves are more difficult in rollerhockey because you have so much friction with the ground. I'm starting to incorporate a subtle sort of almost-jump-just-as-I-extend-the-pad, which really reduces the friction and increases my potential range of motion. It's less of a "jump" because I don't leave the ground, but I do sort-of-heave my weight upwards as though I were going to jump to reduce the friction of my leg as it slides along the cement. Very subtle, takes practice, will probably happen spontaneously as you get more comfortable. It's certainly not something I intentionally developed, but if I'm already in my butterfly and need to make a diving leg extensions there is now a distinctly... jump-kicky... feel to that motion, if that makes any sense. If you've been playing ball hockey, you're used to making unconventional saves. Embrace that! After you've been at this for a few seasons your game will get more and more technically sound. For now, do whatever works that feels safe. As your skating improves, your need to Hasek will diminish. I still Hasek on average every other night, but I used to Hasek at least three times per night. I have consistently found that I get a higher save percentage than I feel I deserve when Haseking in rollerhockey. Take a few Aikido classes, or watch a few videos. The techniques you want are the front, side and back roll. I use the side roll rarely, the back roll infrequently, and the front roll never, but I'm happy to have them in my toolkit. Just last Friday I was tight to my post and there was a quick bang-bang passing play, where the rebound came to a forward who passed behind the net, then another pass to the other side behind the net, then a quick jam play attempt. I backrolled across my crease and tried to seal my post lying on my back with my pads in the air, and he very kindly put the puck right into my pads, mostly because he didn't think there was any way I could get across in time. If you end up getting more advanced in Aikido they'll also teach you about fighting while prone, and the body mechanics you'll learn will also help you scramble as a goalie and maintain your awareness of the rink while scrambling. If a ball finds its way through your gear it might sting a little. If a puck finds its way through your gear it's gonna hurt like a mofo, and if you're really unlucky, it can break a bone! If you've never played with a puck before, get a buddy to make sure your gear is fitted. When breaking in new goalies I'll jab them hard with two fingers in the chestie, especially in the area around the collarbone, to make sure that there is no gap a puck might find. I've only ever taken one slapshot in the clavicle but I did not enjoy it and don't want to do it again. Once I'm sure their chestie fits, I'll jab it with the butt end of a stick with some force, so they know just how protected they are. You CANNOT use the butterfly if you don't trust your chestie and your helmet. Other area to be extremely sure of is the top of the knee - a slapshot with a ball is no big thing, a slapshot with the puck is gonna suck. A big strong man winding up for a big slapshot with a puck can be intimidating in a way that a ball just isn't. You need to want the puck to hit you right in the chest, REALLY HARD! You need to trust your gear! In the moment that the puck strikes you, visualize yourself as a sponge, "soaking up" the puck. It will help your rebound control. Move into the shot - this will help keep your body centered and will also tend to channel rebounds to the corners instead of the slot. The puck has more friction against the floor than it does against the ice. This makes things a little more difficult for forwards. Get a buddy to take five shots on you low, five shots on you high, alternating between the two, until you can tell from his body language whether he is going to raise the puck or not. It is MUCH easier to read shots with pucks than balls because the release is slower and raising the puck requires more deliberation. Post integration is very different - the reverse VH is much less useful because you can't easily move in and out of it like you can on the ice. The "normal" VH is easier to get in and out of, but I use it very sparingly. I'm 5"10 and 165 lb so maybe a bigger goalie would have more luck with it. I don't use the super-old school both-legs-straight-one-leg-against-the-post, but I keep one ankle against the post and lay my outside arm along the post as well, allowing me to have my other leg out, giving me the ability to push off my post while also taking away the near side shot. Amateurs think about big saves, professionals think about skating! The better I get at rollergoalie, the more I focus on my skating. If my feet are set and I see the shot, I'll probably save it. I need to do a lot of very precise skating to keep myself continually ready for the shot. Watch yourself for skating errors. I track my skating errors every night, and am always looking to reduce that number. Most of my skating errors occur in moments where a shot is not threatened, but for me, it's an excellent way to track my progress. For me, it's much easier to practice rollergoalie by myself than it is ball hockey goalie. Like night and day. That said, skating is a very large part of my game, so this may not be true for everyone. I can train solo with the above go-pro trick and by skating letters, especially A, W, Y and Z. Do a down-and-up at the end of each line. Every once in a while I'll do the alphabet. As with any other new skill, at the start of your practice you should be doing it at half tempo with emphasis on technique - this is how your body most efficiently builds muscle memory! As you get better, start your practice at half tempo then bring it up to regular tempo at the end. When you feel really comfortable, start at half, go up to normal, then pick it up another notch. Breakaways are much more difficult at first, especially if they deke. Once your skating improves this will get better. I face breakaways just like I do in any other type of hockey - cut down the angle aggressively, flow backwards, make him make the first move, move towards whichever post he dekes towards, keep my hands active, try to make it so that at the moment the shot is released my speed and vector perfectly matches his, and try to get my chest behind the shot when possible. It took me a long time to get good at breakaways. Slapshots are much easier - the puck travels in a straight line, which is a real treat for anyone used to playing against a ball! If your anticipation, positioning and skating are good most of them will hit you in the chest. Keep your hands active! I extend my glove and blocker ~1.5-2 feet in front of my body while keeping my elbows loosely tucked against my torso. This really helps me track pucks into my glove/blocker and has increased my save percentage on high shots by a fair amount. Get actual goalie rollerblades. The first time you take a big slapshot off your toe you will see why. You're welcome I keep a strip of fresh sock tape along the bottom of my goalie stick so that the cement court doesn't chew up the stick. Have gotten 4 seasons out of my current stick, it should be good for at least 3 more. It's a composite stick and I love it. And now, a word from our sponsor. This post has been brought to you by the practice of paying people for the time they put in, instead of the work they put in. I finished my job two hours ago, but for some damn reason my employer feels like if I haven't spent 8 hours behind my desk he didn't get his money's worth. So if I am getting paid to push papers, and the papers are already pushed so instead I write a big post about how to play goal... does that make me a professional goalie coach? I mean, I got paid while I did it, right? ...I'm putting it on my resume and hoping no one asks.
  2. Hi there, new member.. i need help identifying the cosmetic differences, if any between the bauer profile 960 and profile 950! so I just picked up what I thought was a great deal on kijiji.. the guy told me it was a bauer profile 960 so I thought great I'll take it.. when I get there I looked it over it looked solid and in good shape but I couldn't find any profile 960 sticker anywhere.. I asked him several times if he was sure it's a profile 960 and he said yes so I took it.. but after I got home I looked some more and I can't find any way of making sure it's a 960 and not a 950.. ALL THE stickers have CONVENIENTLY been scratched off.. just wondering if any of you could help.. thanks!!
  3. So there's a scrum in my slot late in the game last night, I'm in full on scramble mode, I'm rusty from not playing in a month, and I feel a nasty tweak in my left hip abductor. I get the whistle and while the lads are changing I leverage myself to my feet and surreptitiously test my leg (never let anyone know you're hurt until you're done for the night unless you know you need medical attention and can't play anymore). My leg can bear weight and the pain is not severe, but it is a stabbing pain and I can tell that I'm basically a one-legged goaltender. I can't butterfly or go up and down at all and I can't put any torque on my left leg, which means I can't even take proper goalie stance. On the other hand, I can skate at moderate intensity, if I'm mindful. I've been in situations like this a few times, and here's a handy algorithm that guides my choices: 1)Is it competitive or rec? Competitive hockey you will likely have a backup goalie. You owe it to yourself, your team, and your backup to admit you're hurt, get off the ice, and give the net to the backup, even if the game is on the line. Yourself, because if you try to goaltend through an injury at a high level you will get lit up and you will aggravate your injury. Your team, because you are unable to safely give them the effort level they deserve. Your backup, because what the hell do they bother showing up and putting their gear on for if they never get a sniff of the ice? The question to ask yourself is not, "can I play through this pain?" but rather, "will my body do the things I want it to do?" If your body will not move the way you want it to, gtfo of the crease. If your body can move, but you feel pain when it moves, move to step two. If you're playing rec hockey, you likely don't have another goalie, so when you throw in the towel the night is over for everyone. If you can safely play through the pain, move to step two. 2)What type of pain is it? In order of seriousness, stabbing pain > sharp pain > dull pain. Is the pain constant, or is it only with movement? Can you reproduce the pain, so that you are completely sure which movements you cannot do, or is it intermittent and unexpected? This is not about the severity of the pain, it is about the likelihood that the pain indicates potentially serious injury that may be made worse by playing through it. This is a highly personal decision and will be informed by your cumulative experience as an athlete. No one else can describe your pain or tell you what your body is capable of. If you are comfortable with the type of pain you are experiencing, goto step 3. 3)Have you lost the physical ability to move your body in certain ways? If so, which specific save selections are you unable to execute? Can you remember not to use those selections with your adrenaline up? Do you know which save selections you will use instead? You have now passed the "can I safely play" part of the test, and we're on to "how can I get the best results?" Goto step 4. 4)How good does the other team think you are? Your reputation can do some heavy lifting for you here. Smart forwards don't take shots if they think they have little chance of scoring. If I know the other team thinks I'm a good goalie (I can tell based on which shooting opportunities they take and which ones they pass up) I have more ability to fake it. IF THEY THINK I'M GOOD - 80% of my effort will be to use skating, angles and body language to bluff the shooters. They don't know I'm hurting, they don't know which specific save selections I am unable to use. What they do know is when they glance at my net, I'm where I should be. In the heat of the game, most non-goalies won't recognize the subtle difference between being properly set in your stance and standing in the right place hunched over pretending to be in your stance. I have finished games, and sometimes won, because the other team's shooters didn't know that I was hurt. This is a difficult balancing act - I need to appear to be healthy and sharp, but I also need to make sure I don't reinjure myself. Self-awareness is absolutely vital to doing this safely - you MUST be able to accurately interpret your body's pain in real time even though adrenaline is in the way, and you MUST know which save selections you are not using, and which ones you will use instead. You must also be willing to allow yourself to be scored on rather than use one of those save selections. Not everyone can do all of these things. Be honest with yourself, if you can't do these things get out of the net. IF THEY THINK I SUCK - Chances are I'm already getting smoked like a doobie. What's a few more crappy goals? I'm going to play more or less the same as if they think I'm good, but with less effort and more of a safety margin to make sure I don't hurt myself trying to lose 14-0 instead of 15-0. I'll also quietly let the lads know that I'm faking it. Note that I do not do this if I believe I'm in the other team's head - the lads will play better hockey believing their goalie has their back. If the lads know I'm a shell of my normal self, it will show through in their play, and the other team's smarter forwards WILL pick up on it. Smart goalies don't allow themselves to believe they are the smartest person on the ice. That way lies humiliation :) Anyways, to finish the story I started, I spent about another 10 minutes hobble/gliding around my crease and conceded two goals I would normally be very upset with myself over in a losing effort. On the upside though, we got to play the full game out. I don't like it when I'm the reason hockey ends early. I'm interested in the opinions of other goalies. Do you have anything to add, any stories to share, or anything you disagree with?
  4. Get big socks and wear them on the outside of your shoes. NOT woolies, you'll roast, you want something that will not give very much friction on the floor. Pull the socks down so that the heels of your shoes are exposed. This lets you shuffle without taking your feet off the ground, which I personally find to be a really big deal. I can also get into my butterfly a little bit faster. When I need to lunge I just shift my weight a little bit back so more of my weight is on my heel - I lose a little bit of lunge range, but I can go into a butterfly or a lunge while moving my feet. My game is based around being in position, seeing the ball and having my feet set when the shot comes, so being able to move without having to lift my feet helps me a lot and is, for me, worth the discomfort of the socks. On the con side, I have to use one pair of shoes as my ball hockey goalie shoes because of the sweat damage the shoes take and the fact that the heel wears out much faster than the toe. I had a pair of Converse skate shoes I got almost 3 years out of that were the best for this. PROS - able to attempt save selections while moving, slightly better butterfly time, slightly smoother lunges in general. CONS - slightly reduced lunge range due to diminished traction, the subtle shift of weight backwards to the heel may be very unintuitive for some, by the time you've done this two dozen times your shoes are not really good for anything else, your feet get hot.
  5. Tony Esposito By James DeMarco When I heard the news I just stopped in my tracks. I knew what I heard, yet I was hoping I was mistaken. I just sort of sat down and stared straight ahead. Tony Esposito was my goaltending idol. He was a huge part of my childhood. Pictures of him making the "inverted Y", or butterfly style as it's now called, hung in my room. When he was on TV, I was glued. When my grandfather bought me my very first hockey jersey, a red Blackhawks shirt with the number 35 on the back, I was beyond elated! I became Tony Esposito! When his games were televised, I made sure I put that jersey on—along with all my goalie gear. With my plastic mask, I'd stand in front of the TV. There, I'd mimic him as the national anthem played. Tucking my mask into my pads, I’d rock back and forth, chewing on imaginary gum. As I grew older, I came to adopt his style. While I wished I had his skills and talent, watching him was how I learned to stop pucks. As a young adult, I had the honor of meeting him at a signing. I had drawn a collage of all the greatest netminders—of which he was one of. I had it framed and was quite proud of it. When he saw it, he was so happy, asking if I wanted him to sign the artwork for me. My reply was that it was for him. My “thank you” for inspiring the goaltender in me to come forth and play. He stopped the signing, held it up, and said, “He gave this to me!” He then told me he was going to hang it on his office wall. He made my year! Years later in an interview, they took a photo of him in his office… and once again I turned into a child as I spied the drawing in the corner! While I only met him once, I feel like he spent part of my life with me. When I started drawing Small Saves, it dawned on me that if I had never seen “Tony-O” playing on TV, I may never have become a goalie… and there would be no Small Saves. So, I’d always say with a smile that Tony Esposito was kind of like Small Saves’ grandfather. Seems like just yesterday I was a youngster, blinking my eyes for the first time in astonishment at this phenomenal goaltender. And now, I blink again, staring at the date of his passing. The world becomes so quiet when it loses what helped make it great. But then, out of the silence, an outpouring of all who he inspired come forth. Goaltenders, as far as the eyes can see, gather as one and look up to the heavens. Once more, Tony-O has moved us all. Somewhere out there, a newspaper or TV broadcast will dedicate a page or a segment about the passing of a legend. At that very moment, there will be a young child looking on, eyes fixed on this masked guardian. Their eyes will widen, mouths open in astonishment—drawn to the fascination of him and all he represented. In that very instance, Tony-O’s magic continues…. Once more, another goalie is born.
  6. 35+2 Vaughn V6 pads nicely broken in. I'm second owner and bought them during covid so barely used them. Carbon enhanced, double internal, single external breaks. Have minor wear on inner toe binding. 325cdn obo Ships from Winnipeg, MB
  7. In this week's cartoon, the local news station films some of Small Saves game. "Which phenomenal save I made will be shown on TV?" he wonders....
  8. A fan-filled rink inspires a certain little hockey goalie... enjoy the all-new antics of Small Saves!
  9. In this week's Small Saves cartoon, our little goalie is filmed for an instructional video. Enjoy.
  10. Hi everyone. I just joined, as I came across this site while looking for old-school goalie pads. Would like to share my comic strip, Small Saves, with everyone. Please enjoy.
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    G5 vs optik 2

    Opinions needed. Warrior g5 or optik 2 pads? And why? Anyone have trouble with the optik 2's s curve? My g4's are pretty flat.
  12. I am well aware of popular social media Instagram accounts getting paid/ free gear to say good things about the companies equipment. With that being said there are Really no good social media accounts that goalies looking to get new gear can really rely on, due to the fact that these main stream accounts have to say good stuff or they won't get anything free no more, hockey reviews CA is good and so is TRAV4 but Travis job isn't to just review everything and im not expecting him to anyways he wants to focus on pro hockey which im totally ok with, hockey reviews CA I have to really take with a grain of salt like the other ones because he doesn't really move good in the crease so his reviews are kinda mush mush. Id love to see a popular account that has reliable reviews to people on gear however companies aren't gonna just blow out gear to ppl that are gona say bad things about their gear just doesn't make sense, wish stuff could change but realistically just going to the local store retailer for info is always the best for the honest truth and try everything on and fell whatever is good for you. and in pretty sure store reps get free gear as well but that's another topic to talk about
  13. Canadian tire has a warrior ritual cr4 goalie stick. I can't seem to find any information about this stick, like weight, construction, etc. Lots of info on cr1, cr2, and cr3. Is this special made by Canadian tire? How does it compare to a cr3?
  14. Hey guys. I have been wanting to paint the carbon fiber part of my true skates for a while now. Anyone know how to do it/recommendations for people to do it? I have heard that I can take it to a body shop and have them paint them but I don't know if I want to spend 70$ on a paint job if I could get it somewhere else for much cheaper.
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