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November 2019

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B ET W E E N T H E P I P ES P R E S E N T E D B Y k As part of its mission to improve the goal- tending development culture, USA Hockey launched its "51 in 30" initiative. The 51 in 30 goal is to have 51 percent of the minutes played in the NHL and Women's Div. I college hockey played by Americans by the year 2030. This year's NHL training camps showed definite strides in that direction. American Goalies in Training Camp GOALIE DRILL OF THE MONTH k After coaching for 27 years at various levels, Randy Amatto realized how much his local goal- ies lacked as far as instruction, and wanted to give them some additional attention in order to excel this season and beyond. As the newly appointed director of goaltending for the Spokane (Wash.) Americans Youth Hockey Association, Amatto is rolling out a new goalie-specific training program to create a solid foundation based on the fundamentals of the position. "It's important to get back to fundamentals at all levels," Amatto said. "If [goalies] have a good foundation, they have a better concept of the overall game." Working with Brent Seidel, a former Spokane goalie who now works with USA Hockey's coach- ing education program, Amatto is looking to create a culture of accountability to ensure that goalies get the personalized instruction. Amatto started the program by using USA Hockey's practice guidelines starting with skating, basic fundamentals and save selection. From there, he plans to fine-tune the program based on how the goaltenders advance. He also plans to extend the instruction to the house programs, allowing goalies of all skill levels and experience to get the training they need to succeed. SAYHA started the season by conducting weekly goalie sessions, and the turnout has been good so far. It's just the first step in a process that Amatto feels will help put the Spokane goalie program on the map. SPOKANE HOCKEY LOOKS TO GET BACK TO BASICS COMMUNITY Players position themselves at the top of circles with a puck. To start the drill Player 1 passes to Player 2 who is below the goal line. Once Player 2 receives pass she has the option to go around net, drive short-side with shot or pass back up to Player 1 who moves into slot for shot or rebound. The goaltender works on moving high to low while staying on her feet and keeping her head on a swivel to read the play and choose the best save selection required. The rebound is played out with one extra pass option. High-Low Option 16 // NOVEMBER 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 51 18 39 Anaheim Ducks & LA Kings are the only teams to feature All- American goalie tandems at the start of the season (John Gibson and Ryan Miller for Anaheim and Jack Campbell and Jonathan Quick for the Kings) Minnesota led the way with eight goaltenders invited to a camp Where'd they last play? NHL – 15 players/12 teams AHL – 17 players/14 teams ECHL – 7 players/7 teams SPHL – 1 player/1 team College – 9 players/9 teams Major Junior – 2 players/2 teams Youngest goalie invited – Dustin Wolf, born April 16, 2001 American goalies invited to NHL training camps 8 Oldest goalie invited – Ryan Miller, born July 17, 1980 2 1 Jack Campbell

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