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B ET W E E N T H E P I P ES GOALIE DRILL OF THE MONTH "51 in 30" is the battle cry behind the new USA Hockey goaltending initiative with the goal of having 51 percent of NHL and National Women's Hockey League goaltenders be American born by 2030. 51 IN 30 GOALIE PROFILES k Hannah started off 2019 by representing Team USA at the IIHF Under 18 Women's World World Championship. Once return- ing from Japan with a silver medal around her neck, Hannah led the South Anchorage High School Wolverines to the Alaska State Championship. In doing so, Hannah became the first female goalie in the 61-year history of the event to backstop a boys' high school team to a state title. She finished the season with an 18-1-0 record with a 0.74 goals- against average and a .954 save percentage. HANNAH HOGENSON Anchorage, Alaska U18 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Behind The Net Stops A critical component of every goalie's off-ice training program should consist of hand-eye coordination drills. There are three main components of hand-eye coordination: the central pathway, the peripheral pathway and the reflexes. Here are some ways to train each one. CENTRAL PATHWAY Simply playing catch or bouncing a ball off a wall is a great way to train this component. There are vari- ations to make this off-ice drill more challenging as you get better at it. A couple of exam- ples are alternating hands, changing the speed of the throw, changing the distance between you and the wall and marking balls with different colored dots or numbers and calling them out as they are bouncing back to you. PERIPHERAL PATHWAY A fun way to train this component is teaching yourself how to juggle. Once you learn how to juggle you can make the task more challenging by juggling while standing on a balance board or juggling on a slide board. REFLEXES A great way to aid your reflexes is to train your "focus shifts." Take two playing cards and set them at various distances from yourself. Focus on one card for five seconds dialing in on every intricate detail then switch your focus to the other card for another five seconds. Do this for two minutes straight. You can also do this with two cards at the same distance but one in the left visual plane and the other in the right. Other items that can be used are Post-It notes or paper with words or numbers written on them. You can even use books that are around your house. When working on these three components remember to stay calm. Controlled breathing will help you focus and release the tension that can inhibit your reaction times. Remember, tense muscles are slow muscles. – Brent Seidel DEVELOPING YOUR HAND-EYE SKILLS OFF THE ICE 14 // APRIL/MAY 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM OBJECTIVE: A warmup drill to focus on reading and stopping bouncing pucks behind the net and executing good passes from below the goal line. ORGANIZATION: Goalie 1 sets up in corner of the rink. Goalie 2 is at the top of their crease. Coach sets up above hashmarks. The drill starts with the coach taking a hard shot low on the ice to Goalie 1's glove side. Goalie 1 executes a butterfly-stick save to move puck around the boards behind the net. Goalie 2 reads the play and skates behind the net to stop the puck. Goalie 2 then settles puck down and makes a good pass into a mini net that sits at the hash marks on the other side of the ice. Make sure to switch sides halfway through drill. VARIATION: If you have a more experienced goalie you can add a mini net on each side of the ice and after Goalie 1 makes his/her save the coach can apply pressure to Goalie 2 from the strong or weak side making Goalie 2 have to decide which side he/ she must play the puck. NOTE: The puck will not always go perfectly on the ice, around the boards, and behind the net. That is OK. When Goalie 2 has to deal with weird bounces off the boards it makes the drill more gamelike and it keeps the goalie on his/her toes.

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