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August 2019

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B ET W E E N T H E P I P ES "51 in 30" is the battle cry behind USA Hockey's goaltending initiative where the goal is to have 51 percent of NHL and National Women's Hockey League goalten- ders be American-born by 2030. 51 IN 30 GOALIE PROFILES From The Mind Of McKenna UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE ISAIAH SAVILLE Anchorage, Alaska k Isaiah Saville took the sport by storm in 2019, first helping the U.S. win gold at the World Junior A Challenge and then recording a USHL-leading 1.90 goals-against average with the Tri-City Storm. He also ranked sec- ond with a .925 save percentage and his 25 wins ranked tied for fifth. Things didn't slow down for the University of Nebraska Omaha recruit in the offseason, first earning the Dave Peterson Goaltender of the Year award at USA Hockey's Annual Congress, and then being selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the fifth round of the 2019 NHL Draft. AUGUST 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 13 WHAT MAKES A GOOD GOALIE COACH? USA Hockey's goaltending gurus have a few thoughts on the matter that they'd like to share with this coach grading scale: AVERAGE COACH: Lets the goalie go to the other end and have someone shoot on him or her while the other players work on something else. GOOD COACH: Follows a season plan and makes sure a goalie is given a chance to develop every skill need- ed to be successful through making sure that every practice starts with a goaltender-specific skating drill and one purposeful drill with shots on a goalie before the team drills begin. GREAT COACH: Follows a season plan for a goaltender, allowing 10 minutes at the start of every practice for goaltender development. Incorporates a goaltender skill development into team practice and keeps an open dialogue with the goal- tender about it. Great coaches follow up and reflect on each stage with the goalies and their parents to ensure everyone is on the same page. As you head into the season, ask yourself what type of goalie coach you are, or where your coach fits in this scale. Going from being an average goalie coach to a great one could be as simple as putting a little more time and effort into developing the most important player on your team. For more tips, be sure to check out COACH GRADING SCALE Mike McKenna is a veteran netminder who has appeared in more than 500 professional hockey games. The St. Louis native recently shared three things that youth goaltenders should focus on when watching an NHL game: SKATING "The first thing I would encourage you to watch is how a goalie skates. I think a lot of kids don't realize how good of a skater you have to be to make it to the NHL. It's not that you have to be able to skate from the goal line to the blue line as fast as a player, but you have to be able to have sharp, crisp, precise movements within your crease. I think that's really important for young kids to take a look at." AWARENESS "It's good to look at a goalie's awareness. You can see the goalie scanning the ice surface in front of him for back door options or where he thinks a pass may be going. Always keeping an eye on everything around him or her and not having tunnel vision on the puck." TRENDING TOPIC "Try to keep up on any trends. We're always mimicking each other and learning from watching one another. If 80 percent of goalies in the NHL are doing something, it's probably for a reason and it's a good idea for any young goaltender to try to learn what they're doing." MCKENNA'S MANNERS

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