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Ask a College Goalie – Send in Your Questions for Rob Madore

Rob Madore- University of Vermont Catamounts

Rob Madore- University of Vermont Catamounts

I was recently given the opportunity to interview  goalie Rob Madore for InGoal Magazine. Rob plays for the Vermont Catamounts of the Hockey East conference. Rob helped lead the Catamounts to the Frozen Four in 2009, and the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

While being very excited about the chance, I first wanted to reach out to all of the InGoal readers, and see what questions you want to see answered!

I thought this would be a nice compliment to our Ask a Pro Goalie – Send Your Questions for Mike Mckenna article, so you can ask goaltenders at different levels your questions. The college and professional life are very different, and now we have the opportunity to ask and find out just how different they are!

Please leave your questions in the comment field below, Or send me an EMAIL with your questions.

We need to get these to Rob so he can get writing so send your questions today!!

About The Author

Kris VanWagner

Kris is a current rec league tender, who used to try and survive in the college and semi pro ranks. He also is a goaltending coach working with all levels of goaltenders. He also dabbles with gear repair, and modification. He spends his spare time writing for inGoal, and thinking non stop about hockey.

20 Comments

  1. Jonas

    You are playing for a college team. So my question is, how do you bring your education and you sport together, and what is more important for a guy like you. A good graduation or playing as good as possible, even you wouldn’t be so good at college. I hope you know what I mean…:)

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  2. Colin Stasuik

    My question is, what was your decision to play college hockey? Did you ever have the choice between College and something like the WHL, or USHL?

    Thanks

    PS, your gear is amazing

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  3. Mike C

    I played college hockey in Vermont at Lyndon State. Granted we were only a “Club Team” but we had a pretty rigorous schedule non the less. Most days we had morning and night practice with either 1 home game on the weekend or a road trip within New England for 2 to 3 days that could encompass just as many games……For you on a D1, Final Four appearing team, what would your advice be to younger goalies wanting to achieve the level of success you have seen on the ice and how do you balance everything else(i/e school, social, personal) off the ice to maintain that success?

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  4. Kevin

    What are some drills that you incorporate in your workout routine that are more unusual/goalie specific rather than regular squats, bench press etc.?

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  5. Colin Stasuik

    One more quick question, when going on road games, who’s more responsible for your equipment, your or the equipment manager? Like do you have to make sure its all ready to go, or does the manager take care of it?

    Haha, thanks.

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  6. Ben Jones

    Do you have a preference over the feel of your pads? Like do you like stiffer pads or pads that have more give? And why?

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  7. Horatio

    With every goalie being taught the so called butterfly style of goal-tending, that the position has become robotic? It appears that goalies personalities no longer show through as they did before this style became a standard. Watching high level goalies take yet another shot to the crest is less than exciting. What are your thoughts?

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  8. dylan buchanan

    hi my name is dylan and i was wondering who does your helmet

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  9. Richie Veitch

    Hey Rob, it’s Richie from Shane’s camps at Bethel Park, I had the brand new X60’s and could hardly move. I was wondering how hard it was to balance school work with playing hockey because soon that’s what I’ll be doing at Pitt Johnstown. As a side question, got any spare Bauer 7500 twigs you’d be willing to sell? I just love those sticks. Thanks =D

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  10. Kris VanWagner

    For all the questions that didn’t make it, I will be trying to do a follow up article later in the year, so we can ask some questions about what goes on in the season.

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  11. Lee

    How or what is the best way for a goalie to get noticed by a college? i have a son that is a 96 playing up at the mig AA level and is the starting goalie. Will any one really notice??? or should we let it be known that he is a 96? Or would it be better to play back down to he age group?
    thanks lee from mich.

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    • David Hutchison

      Great responses from Kris and Justin. I would add that you should recognize that getting picked up by a DIV 1 School at a young age is a long shot. So again, be patient.

      Most guys need seasoning…consider for example forward Seth Ambroz, slated a likely 1st rounder in this year’s draft has been told by Minnesota to play another year in the USHL before they’ll have room for him on their roster. So most kids need to be ready for USHL or Canadian Tier II experience before heading to a major university program.

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  12. Kris

    Lee, I would say play at the highest level you can, and if your son is doing well that is awesome. Letters to coaches are always a good thing, although it may not get noticed it never hurts. Most Head coaches have their emails on the team sites, a quick email with stats, etc , introduction could never hurt! Getting a tryout is the key goal here.

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  13. Justin G.

    Lee,

    Like Kris said, playing at the highest level possible is important for your son, as he will continue to develop at a faster rate than other 96 goalies. As a parent of a talented young goalie, the key is to be as patient as possible. Very few goalies get the opportunities they deserve to play at the higher levels, but of course there are things you can do to get him the exposure he needs. A lot of these things are pretty obvious, like creating a live “resume” for your son and logging video clips that you can post on youtube or send to coaches and scouts. If you would like some more ideas or ways to bring your son some more exposure, I would gladly help you out. You can contact me anytime via http://www.thegoalieguild.com and remember to be as patient and as positive as possible!

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  14. lee

    Kris, justin, david. thank you very much for the help. justin i will get ahold of you very soon for some more help and ideas. thanks lee

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  15. lee

    Kris, Justin, David. Thanks again for insite, yeah i think div 1 is a long way off for now. i was just thinking that since he is playing up with a team that gets scouted because of their talent and their age, mostly 16 yrs olds and my son 14. how would anyone know that a young kid is up there playing and working his but off and playing just as well as the kids that are older?

    but i guess i need to start doing some recording on film and start sending out there. thanks again guys

    lee, mich

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  16. lee

    Kris, Justin, David. Thanks again for insite, yeah i think div 1 is a long way off for now. i was just thinking that since he is playing up with a team that gets scouted because of their talent and their age, mostly 16 yrs olds and my son 14. how would anyone know that a young kid is up there playing and working his but off and playing just as well as the kids that are older?

    but i guess i need to start doing some recording on film and start sending it out there. thanks again guys

    lee, mich

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  17. lee

    Kris, Justin, David. Thanks again for insite, yeah i think div 1 is a long way off for now. i was just thinking that since he is playing up with a team that gets scouted because of their talent and their age, mostly 16 yrs olds and my son 14. how would anyone know that a young kid is up there playing and working his but off and playing just as well as the kids that are older?

    but i guess i need to start doing some recording on film and start sending it out there. thanks again guys

    lee, mich

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  18. Kris

    Lee,

    If he is younger and doing well, trust me word will get out, and scouts will show up. Plus if you help it along with vids and emails word will get out faster!

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  19. Matt

    I’m currently playing junior hockey in the NAHL, but I’m having issues finding motivation in practice. Is there anything you or your coaches do that keeps you focused and helps you to improve throughout the week?
    Thanks!

    Reply

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