Kachinas’ goalie parents and coaches, this is Goaltending Director Hiroki Wakabayashi.
Bring Water Bottle and DRINK IT!
It has come to our attention that many of our goalies don’t drink enough water during practice or,,, don’t even bring a water bottle to practice!
Hydration is at #1 on the survival tip 101 in a desert state Arizona and you even play hockey goalie in full gears,,, come on!!!
It does not matter if you are thirsty or not. Drink water whenever it’s possible and you can perform much better in the last half of the practice.
Or,,, maybe we just haven’t worked goalies hard enough yet,,, you’ll see 😉
Part 1 : You Are Pulled! Flowchart
If our goalies were in a divorce case, they could sue for lack of support
and be millionaires tomorrow.
(former NHL coach)
As we are heading to the most emotional and stressful time of the season, I once again try to explain the logic behind pulling a goalie in certain circumstances in a game using newly developed “You Are Pulled Flowchart”.
Although the flowchart itself is self-explanatory, here are the key factors for better understanding.
Changes of Game Situation
This is basically about how the goal differential changes with the latest goals against.
Regardless of the qualities of the goals against, you have to rescue a goalie from blowout games and give a backup goalie chance to play before seeing like 0-10 and destroy the starting goalie’s mental completely.
Now, your team had a comfortable lead like 4-0 in the 2nd period and and your goalie suddenly gave up 3 bad goals in a row. This could be the time to probably take a timeout first then consider switching goalie before it’s too late because you still have time to regroup the team and get the momentum back.
It’s very closely related to the factor above but timing is important because not all the goals are equally weighted towards the outcome of the game. Your team has a lot of time to redeem the crappy goals against in first 5 mins but not in the last 5.
Therefore, head coaches want to make the drastic shakeup by changing the starting goalie before it’s too late.
Quality of the Goals Against
We discussed about the definitions of the Bad Goal last month.
It’s a known fact that even world best goalies give up some worst goals once in a while. This seems to be the biggest factor of pulling a goalie but it’s greatly depending on the game situation and timing as mentioned above.
So, you may give up 2 horrible goals but still can get away with happy 6-3 win depending of the context of the game.
Pulling Goalie is NOT a punishment
Remember, “Pulling goalie is not a punishment” even if you feel very disappointed and embarrassed.
It’s more of a strategy for a head coach to script the best scenario in order to increase the chance to compete as much as possible.
Ok, I typed enough.
“You Are Pulled Flowchart” here we go.
Please remind this flowchart is based on my experience, my thinking patterns, various studies from other coaches and it’s also highly simplified. There could be way more complicated factors to consider depending of the level of competition, and each team’s unique situations.
For example, pro hockey tends to be severe and not generous when it comes to pull a goalie. However, it’s rare to see the (depth chart) #2 goalie gets pulled for #1 goalie because #2 goalie is basically playing to give a day off to the #1 goalie. Therefore, some #2 goalie might have to eat nasty 9 goals against when the team is playing absolutely the crappiest game.
Now you see getting well paid as a #2 goalie in a NHL team might not be the most comfortable job in the world.
Hope this flowchart makes sense to you.
Part 2 : Average Mindset vs. Elite Mindset
We have a special contribution from our goalie coach and a Gibber Marino about the mindset of the athlete. MUST READ!
Average Mindset vs. Elite Mindset
Ten Ways to Build an Elite Mindset to Build Unshakeable Mental Toughness
ELITE MINDSET #1: Never Show Weakness
The time to be vulnerable is not in the heat of competition. Emotions are not for competition. There is a time outside of competition to be open and honest about where you are at, but while in competition mode you flip the switch into an unbreakable mindset. When you lace up your skates, you are stoic and locked-in, because emotion clouds reality and performance. Get big with your body language, showing the willingness to fight another fight and keep going.
ELITE MINDSET #2: Never Feel Sorry for Yourself
ELITE MINDSET #3: Stay Patient in the Face of Adversity
ELITE MINDEST #4: The Only Easy Day was Yesterday
ELITE MINDSET #5: It Pays to be a Winner
ELITE MINDSET #6: The Race to Excellence has no Finish Line
ELITE MINDSET #7: You Don’t Rise to the Occasion; You Sink to your Training and Habits
ELITE MINDSET #8: NDCQ / Not Dead, Can’t Quit
ELITE MINDSET #9: Make Adversity your Advantage
ELITE MINDSET #10: One Word… GOOD
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.