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October 2019

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B ET W E E N T H E P I P ES GOALIE DRILL OF THE MONTH P R E S E N T E D B Y Raising The Bar On Goaltending Development By Steve Thompson k In 2015, USA Hockey launched an initia- tive aimed at improving the American goalie development culture at all levels of the game. Part of that cultural shift included the battle cry "51 in 30," which created a target of 51 percent of the game minutes being played by Americans in the NHL and women's Div. I col- lege hockey by the year 2030. This past season, 28 American goalies earned minutes in the NHL, which was an all-time high. Their contributions amounted to 23 percent of total league minutes played. In addition, last season Ryan Miller become the all-time wins leader by U.S. born goalies as he won his 375th NHL game surpassing John Vanbiesbrouck. The future continues to look strong as we had six American goalies selected (another record) in this year's NHL Draft. Leading the pack was Spencer Knight, a product of our National Team Development Program, who was selected in the 1st round. On the women's front, we're shifting our focus to the NCAA as we look to raise the bar for our female athletes. Last season we had 63 Americans play in net at the Div. I level and that amounted to 46 percent of the league minutes. Even with all of these accomplishments, there is still a lot of work to do to reach our goal. Steve Thompson is the ADM manager for goaltending. INSTAGRAMMABLE GOALTENDING k This month we are launching a new Instagram feature to showcase some of the top young goaltenders around the country. We are teaming up with our affiliate goaltending coordinators who will nominate talented netminders in their area to appear on USA Hockey Magazine's Instagram page this season. instagram.com/usahmagazine The goalie starts at a 45 degree angle of the crease. Player 1 bounces puck off end boards and back to himself. Once the goalie hears the puck hit the boards he moves to his post to make a save on the first puck and then follows the rebound. The goalie then resets to his post in the butterfly position (this can be a butterfly, RVH or VH). Player 1 then picks up a second puck and skates around the cone, then takes a shot on goal. The goalie works on getting to his feet from the post and managing good depth and angle for the second shot. Play out the second puck. Greeley Board Bounce k As USA Hockey continues to grow its goal- tending program through new initiatives for coaching recruitment and education, the next step will be to deliver more information to the goaltenders themselves. Starting this season USA Hockey's on-ice goalie curriculum will focus on the three stages of a goalie's career. The first stage is Try Goalie, which will be the entry level stage and most important for getting young goalies off on the right foot. This stage is devoted to marketing the position to get youngsters excited about get- ting between the pipes. Once new athletes are attracted to put on the pads for the first time, the Try Goalie stage will make sure their first experience is fun and engaging. The Develop Goalie stage is devoted to developing the fundamentals of the position and ensuring that young goalies are equipped with the tools and resources they'll need to accomplish their hockey goals. Among the skills they will learn include stance, skating, positioning, save selec- tion, rebound control, recovery, puck handling, play reading and mental skills. Once they have a firm grasp on these concepts, goalies enter the third and final stage of the on-ice curriculum. The Master Goalie group includes goalies in the college and pro ranks who are already logging minutes towards USA Hockey's goal of having American goalies playing 51 percent of the minutes in the NHL and women's Div. I col- lege ranks by 2030. As things progress, USA Hockey will be host- ing multiple development camps throughout the summer specific to these groups and pro- viding them with cutting edge technology and world class coaching. STAGES THE THREE STAGES OF GOALTENDER DEVELOPMENT 12 // OCTOBER 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM GOALIE DRILL OF THE MONTH

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