March 9, 2015
The Goalie Guru: Pet peeves on the state of hockey
Inevitably, after a long, long, long hockey season, coaches, player and parents have drawn up a long, long list of grievances.
February 14, 2015
The Goalie Guru: The right way to broach ‘playing time’
January 30, 2015
The Goalie Guru: Variety a necessary spice in the coaching stew
I watched the young goalie — a 14-year-old freshman who was planning on trying out for his high school team — with increasing interest. And frustration.
December 16, 2014
The Goalie Guru: A holiday wish list for goalies young and old
Given the amount of gear that goalies require, Christmas is a great time for parents to address a few wish-list items while outfitting their young netminder.
November 29, 2014
The Goalie Guru: Stop mauling goalies in practice
Writing a monthly column on a topic as specific as goaltending, I always run the risk of sounding redundant.
October 27, 2014
The Goalie Guru: Embrace the power of a simple hug
Allow me to go slightly off topic this month.
September 30, 2014
The Goalie Guru: What I learned at summer camp
Every summer, to paraphrase LaDainian Tomlinson’s well-worn United Way ad, I get to give back to the sport I love by coaching young goaltenders.
August 11, 2014
The Goalie Guru: There’s no breaking the Goalies’ Union
Since Day 1, goalies have held a very special space in hockey because they play a unique position full of pressure and valor.
July 31, 2014
The Goalie Guru: Lacrosse lends a lesson in goalie management
Not every hockey lesson is learned between the boards, on the ice. We can learn from other sports.
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.