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June / July 2018

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JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 35 gear—that links the position to a goaltender in hockey. It's the perspective one gets from standing between the pipes as a team's last line of defense that potentially makes a goaltender uniquely qualified to make the move into the coaching ranks. "Those two positions, catching in baseball and goalie in hockey, are analytical positions," said John Vanbiesbrouck, a Hall of Fame goaltender who was also an accomplished baseball player growing up in Michigan. " You're observing, reading plays, reading how things develop as you come off the bench, match- ups, who does well against each other. Your interpretation and observation are at a different level than other positions." From Notre Dame's long-time h e a d c o a c h Je f f Ja c k s o n t o S et h Appert with USA Hockey 's National Team Development Program to Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, a number of former goaltenders are making a name for them- selves behind the bench at all levels. TO COACH Jeff Jackson has a resume packed with success at the collegiate, junior hockey, professional and international levels. Jeff Blashill, a former goalie at Ferris State, knew that his future in the game would be in coaching.

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