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