June 23, 2014
The Goalie Guru: Growth mindset can cultivate a champion
I always tell my goalies that they can never have too many arrows in their quivers.
June 11, 2014
Goalie Guru: Lessons learned from goaltenders behaving badly
For some goaltenders, the playoffs can bring out their best performances. For others, that pressure cooker can be too hot to handle.
May 9, 2014
The Goalie Guru: Taking time off won't stunt growth
March and April signal the end of another ridiculously long youth hockey season.
April 1, 2014
The Goalie Guru: Coaches must be teachers
Mom always used to say, “There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things.”
January 30, 2014
The Goalie Guru: Your gear, your responsibility
Sometimes I really feel sorry for my hockey-playing daughter, Brynne, because she has to deal with me.
November 27, 2013
Goalie Guru: Hidden dangers of overt practice celebrations
The father’s voice on the other end of the line was filled with frustration.
October 30, 2013
Goalie Guru: Wanderlust is not the best trait
Is there such a thing as "a better fit" for kids who struggle on their current team? Maybe not.
September 27, 2013
The Goalie Guru: An old goaltender and his dog
When the fear factor gets bigger, the goalie actually gets smaller.
September 1, 2013
The Hockey Dad: Commitment is not a four-letter word
I’ve witnessed an erosion of commitment over the past two decades, and I place responsibility for that phenomenon largely on parents.
August 5, 2013
Goalie Guru: Bouncing back, developing mental toughness
Chicago’s Corey Crawford and Boston’s Tuukka Rask both played huge roles in getting their teams to the Stanley Cup Finals.
May 17, 2013
The Goalie Guru: A pair of goalies we can admire
Matt Nemia dealt with a difficult situation with class and maturity. Our sport needs more like him.
May 6, 2013
The Goalie Guru: Camps can solve auto-body shop approach
One of the great frustrations hockey coaches have is when goalies make the same mistake time and again.
April 3, 2013
The Goalie Guru: The concept of team
So what are we to make of Austin Krause? Don’t know the name? Good for you.
March 4, 2013
The Goalie Guru: Getting the balance right for young goalies
Even if your young netminder is solely responsible for a bad outing, there is little benefit from publicly chastising the kid.
February 6, 2013
The Goalie Guru: Overcoming fear a big part of goalie's job
Not only do we have to worry about getting hit by vulcanized rubber, we need to deal with the emotional baggage that comes with being “the last line of defense."
December 31, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Desperate measures
One of my favorite coaching sessions over the course of the season is Desperation Day.
November 29, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Think outside the box for warmups
Be aware of that kid in the pads between the pipes. Put yourself in his or her skates. Your goalie will benefit, and your team will benefit.
October 14, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Why coaches must preach 'team'
Coaches should want a goaltender who thinks like them, or at the very least can bring their game plan to the ice.
September 22, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Why every player should get in the net
Brion O'Connor shares his belief that every player should put goalie pads on and get between the pipes for at least one game.
August 18, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Playing goalie requires parent commitment
If your children have a passion for something, you ought to let those kids pursue that passion. At the very least, give them the opportunity.