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PHOTOS COURTESY OF Hartford Wolfpack Howard Progression GOALIE DRILL OF THE MONTH B ET W E E N T H E P I P ES AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE OBJECTIVE: Develop a goaltender's ability to read plays and maintain edges. KEY ELEMENTS: The goaltender holds his edges before the shot, working to beat the pass while staying on his feet without sliding. Track the puck all the way into his equipment and off in case of a rebound. If the first shot goes in, start the drill over. ORGANIZATION: Place pucks near the sideboard hash mark. One tire or cone is placed as shown. The drill involves three to six players. The first player starts with a puck and carries the puck above the tire and shoots on the net to the near side low. The shooter then circles back to pick up a second puck and again carries it above the tire. This time the puck carrier passes the puck to the second player who is ready to shoot. VARIATIONS: Add a third puck where the puck carrier and shooter have options to either shoot or pass. REMEMBER: Maintain optimal depth on each situation. Hold your standing position until the shot is taken. Lead every movement with your eyes, stick and gloves. And finish every save. 20 // DECEMBER 2017 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM GOALTENDING WEBINAR k USA Hockey goaltending gurus Thomas Speer and Phil Osaer will hit the ice at USA Hockey Arena for the next USA Hockey Goaltending Webinar. Speer, the new national goaltending coach, and Osaer, the ADM man- ager of goaltending, will discuss proper practice habits and developing solid fundamentals. The seminar begins at 12:30 (EST) on Dec. 8 and is open to all USA Hockey registered coaches and goaltending coordinators. To register go to USAHockeyGoaltending.com/educational webinars. All webinars are recorded and upload- ed to the website for future viewing. 51 in 30 GOALIE PROFILES "51 in 30" is the battle cry behind the new USA Hockey 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. Below is a goaltender with a bright future ahead of him. CHRIS NELL Green Bay, Wis. k After wrapping up his college career at Bowling Green State University as the all-time leader in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts, Chris Nell got off to a flying start as a pro, winning his first three games in the American Hockey League. After signing a free-agent contract with the N.Y. Rangers, Nell is looking for a chance to get between the pipes with the Broadway Blueshirts.

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