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June/July 2015

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ONGTIME USA HOCKEY COACH DAVE PETERSON knew how important goaltending was to the success of his teams that he often said the game should be called "Goalie." Perhaps no position in any team sport has more of a direct impact on the final outcome of a game or a season than a goaltender. It is also one of the most scrutinized. Even though hockey is the ultimate team game, as the last line of defense a goalie tends to receive the lion's share of the blame when a goal is scored. As the great Jacques Plante once said, "How would you like a job where when you made a mistake a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?" The truth is that thousands of young athletes are drawn to the position every season, some because of the cool equipment, others for the challenge of staring down opposition shooters. As equipment and techniques have changed over the years, the basic premise behind the position is still the same as it was when Frank Brimsek and Jack McCartan patrolled the crease. Stop the puck. As USA Hockey Magazine looks at the position in this special goal- tender's edition, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of Joe Bertagna, Mitch Korn, Keith Allain, Adam Berkhoel and Kevin Reiter, who have all lent their considerable knowledge and passion for the position to help us look behind the mask at what it takes to become a topnotch goaltender. PHOTOS BY USA Hockey Magazine Archives The Last Line Of Defense Is Front And Center When It Comes To A Team's Success USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM JUNE/JULY. 2015 19

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