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Author: David Hutchison

Lessons from a Beer League Goalie

All those tough moments in games are what we really live for “If I only knew then what I know now….” Words repeated by many a beer league player. As I was enjoying a rare few minutes of rest in a very one-sided game the other night I realized that now in my 40s I am finally getting it. Oh, I’m sure my parents told me years ago and I wasn’t ready to hear. But now I’m getting it. We’re playing this game for fun. So why is it that so many goalies, myself included, get so upset when goals go in? Why do we get even more upset when they go in because someone wasn’t backchecking or someone didn’t cover those two guys sitting on the back door or when those two other guys were screening them? No, now at 42 years of age I’m finally getting it. Those are the best moments in every game! Why did you start playing goal? Fun. Cool gear. Sure, most goalies feel that way. For the challenge? To improve? To make the highlight-reel saves? Now we’re getting somewhere. When you get right down to it, how many of us began this to win? How many began so they could stop only 15 clear long distance shots from the periphery every game? When our tempers get the best of us we’re acting...

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Goalie News January 17, 2009

       Do you have a news item you would like published? Send it to [email protected] today! NHL Good story on Jacques Plante in Montreal Gazette The masked man – Plante was an innovator while winning six Stanley Cups Garon-Sabourin Trade Video from TSN Oilers trade Garon to Pittsburgh – Edmonton Journal Oilers trade Garon to Penguins for Sabourin Penguins, Oilers swap backup goalies Garon’s the odd man out with Oilers  Other NHL News Khabibulin likes Quenneville Chicago Tribune Columbus Blue Jackets in the Hunt for Their First Playoff Berth Halak’s days as The Man numbered, but Gerber’s finished Goaltending? Senators in dire need of some goal-scoring Charge dismissed against former NHL goalie in NV Senators riding rookie goaltender into 2nd half Rookie goalie Brian Elliott shows he could be Senators’ future Isles’ Plan to Re-Sign Dubielewicz Falls Through NY Times Islanders Find Help for Goalie Shortage Goaltender Peter Mannino called up Newsday Islanders bring back Dubielewicz Injured backup forces Islanders to sign goalie Wade Dubielewicz The Canadian Press Columbus Blue Jackets claim backup goalie Wade Dubielewicz  Canadian Press Backup goalies, tandems all the rage  Newsday, NY Bruins Enjoy Net Gains With Thomas, Fernandez Washington Post Tim Thomas makes mark Boston Herald Goalie Takes a Long Trip to Reach the N.H.L. NY Times Junior Screaming Eagles’ Roy named ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week CHL Goalie a rising star …and that’s no Bull Colts goalies pull a stinker CAIU The biggest save – A freak on-ice accident almost brought an end to the life of goalie...

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Photo of the Week

There are all kinds of great goalie photos out there from NHL stars to dads in the backyard with their kids. My plan is to feature one reader-submitted photo each week – you’ll see the first one attached to this post and over in the sidebar – a great shot of Jose Theodore from Ivan Makarov. If you want to submit something, please either send me a link to your shot on a photo-sharing site like Flickr or just attach one – minimum 1024X768 jpg please. If you’ve got an interesting story to share, either about the photo or your connection to goaltending or photography let me know that to. Ideally we’d share something about every photographer when the photo is posted. Once the basics of the site get ironed out we’ll collect the photos into some sort of gallery as...

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