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January 2019

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B ET W E E N T H E P I P ES PHOTOS COURTESY OF Hickling Images; USA Hockey Archives DESCRIPTION 1. X2 begins the drill by rimming the puck so the goaltender can stop it behind the net. 2. X1 and X2 skate into the zone in a low breakout position (just above the goal line). 3. O1 forechecks the goaltender to either side of the net. 4. The goaltender must stop the wrap, read the pressure and pass to either X1 or X2. 5. X1 and X2 regroup with O2 and attack 2 vs. 1 against O1. KEY TEACHING POINTS 1. On rims goaltender must quickly get to the back of the net, stop puck and turn to read the play. 2. A goaltender can turn and face the play if the forechecking pressure is soft. If the pressure is hard the goaltender needs to make a quick decision with the puck. 3. The puck should be played away from the forechecking pressure. 4. After playing the puck the goaltender must quickly return to the crease and prepare for potential shot. 5. On 2 vs. 1 the goaltender must be square to the puck carrier and have good depth allowing the goaltender to move into position if pass is made. 51 IN 30 GOALIE PROFILES BRANDON BUSSI Muskegon Lumberjacks Turco 2 vs 1 Breakout GOALIE DRILL OF THE MONTH UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE 16 // JANUARY 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM EXPANDING THE RANKS of youth hockey goaltenders is a priority at USA Hockey. That's why the organization is trying to create a welcoming environment for all 8 & Under players to give the position a try. One of the biggest game-changers came with the introduction in 2016 of the Quick Change goalie gear. This new gear allows for players to slip into goalie gear much faster than traditional protective gear. Introducing that equipment has helped eliminate the excuse that equipment is inaccessible or too daunting to put on. Another way to make the position more accessible is to get rid of the stigma that goalies are "weird" or "different." "We've got to get rid of the 'goal- ies are different' stigma," said John Vanbiesbrouck, the all-time winningest U.S. goaltender in the NHL. "The growth in goaltending we want to create starts with how you treat them." Vanbiesbrouck said it's important to make kids and their parents feel com- fortable about playing the position. That starts with taking away their fear of get- ting hurt, and showing them how much fun it is to play goal. That also means incorporating goal- tenders in practice plans and giving them the attention they need to develop their skills, and not ignoring them during practice or just peppering them with shots for an hour without providing any instruction or skill development. "It is a cool position," Vanbiesbrouck said. "We have to find ways to encourage kids to give it a try." "51 in 30" is the battle cry behind the new USA Hockey goaltending initiative with the goal of having 51 percent of the minutes played in the NHL and NWHL played by Americans by the year 2030. k The Muskegon Lumberjacks are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference of the United States Hockey League and 20-year- old goaltender Brandon Bussi is a big reason why. Bussi has won 15 of his first 16 starts, logging a 2.07 goals-against average and league-leading three shutouts through the first two months of the season. The Sound Beach, N.Y., native spent his youth playing for the PAL Junior Islanders. Bussi has benefited from the new USHL rule that does not count an over-age goaltender against a team's over- age player limit. The rule was designed to allow goalies more time to develop. PUTTING OUT THE WELCOME MAT IN THE CREASE X2 O1 X1

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