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.
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.
July 27, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Tips for getting the most out of your gear
Good gear will help a good goalie play better, but even the best equipment isn’t going to turn a dumpy, unmotivated kid into the next Martin Brodeur.
June 25, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Teamwork a forgotten concept for Thomas
Tim Thomas and the Bruins are better off parting ways because he’s forgotten one of the bedrock principles of the sport: It’s all about the team.
May 18, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Lessons from the Heights and the NCAAs
Brion O'Connor looks at how Parker Milner sharpened up his game and helped backbone Boston College to a national championship.
April 18, 2012
The Goalie Guru: What goalie camps will and won't do for you
Goaltending camps will give young goalies a push in the right direction but won’t hold their hands.
March 27, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Encouraging coaches to take ownership
In this edition of The Goalie Guru, Brion O'Connor asks coaches to spend a little more time understanding the role of the goaltender.
February 27, 2012
The Goalie Guru: On skating, rebounds and tempers
As any coach will tell you, a goaltender can make or break a team’s fortunes in the postseason.
January 31, 2012
The Goalie Guru: Not my fault!
It’s never too early for goalies to learn to take responsibility.
December 18, 2011
The Goalie Guru: On equal playing time and riding the pine
Aside from team placement, there’s probably no thornier topic in youth hockey than playing time.
November 27, 2011
The Goalie Guru: Hands-on coaches can get back to basics
Goaltending is pretty simple: Get to the right spot, at the right time, in the right position, and you’ll make the save more often than not. However, getting to that spot, in the correct stance, can be surprisingly difficult.
October 24, 2011
The Goalie Guru: Keep drills realistic with one puck
Rapid-fire shooting drills are a sure-fire way to produce a shell-shocked netminder. And even if your goalie doesn’t develop the yips, he or she is almost certain to develop bad habits.
September 21, 2011
The Goalie Guru: Never underestimate a good mask
From the mag: Good mask critical for goalies
August 9, 2011
The Goalie Guru: There's no way to measure heart
No one, it seems, has a lukewarm opinion about Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.
July 25, 2011
The Goalie Guru: A goalie's guide to buying new equipment
From NEHJ: A goalie's equipment guide
July 18, 2011
The Goalie Guru: If the pads, gloves and skates fit
You may be familiar with the old real estate maxim: location, location, location. The equivalent in the goalie equipment formula is this: fit, fit, fit.
June 14, 2011
From NEHJ: Get in goalie shape with these exercises
Perhaps the most enduring, and erroneous, misconception about goaltenders is this: Goalies don’t need to be in shape.
May 22, 2011
The Goalie Guru: For goalies, it's about the goals
Goalie Guru: It's all about the goals
April 13, 2011
The Goalie Guru: Summer goals change for goalies
You want to have all your players — and especially your goaltenders — as sharp as possible before a game. After seven or eight months, that’s not easy.
March 8, 2011
The Goalie Guru: Coaching and motivation require balancing act
The hockey community is a small one. That goes double for goalie coaches.
February 15, 2011
The Goalie Guru: Are you sure your child wants to be a goalie?
“How do I know my kid will like playing goalie?” This is one of the most common questions I get from parents of prospective young netminders.
January 17, 2011
The Goalie Guru: Taking the pain out of the gear game
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue of New England Hockey Journal. With the recent holidays, there are bound to be dozens of young goaltenders with gift cards ...