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InGoal Radio Episode 221
with Carson Bjarnason

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Episode 220 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, features Philadelphia Flyers draft pick Carson Bjarnason of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings.

In the feature interview, presented by Sense Arena, Bjarnason walks us through life as the top-ranked North American goalie in the 2023 NHL Draft, from managing questions from teams (and their big-name managers) at the NHL Combine in Buffalo, to the draft floor in Nashville, where the Flyers traded up to pick him in the second round, to his first NHL Development Camp in Philadelphia. There are plenty of incredible takeaways and tips that come from that last part, including some invaluable lessons on managing your on-ice vision habits and reading the play, that you won’t want to miss. Bjarnason also walks us through his roots in the position, including going from a late start as a goalie to the WHL (despite not being drafted as a bantam, another great lesson), how his passion was fuelled by Miikka Kiprusoff and drawing pictures of goalies when he was younger, learning to play the guitar, the evolution of his mental game (and the hazards of being too laid back) and so much more.

It really is a can’t miss interview, but that’s not all you won’t want to miss. While we forego our usual in-person trip to The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, they still helped us bring you a great second guest this week. Kaylie Dankevy, shares a glimpse into her life as the goalie product manager for CCM, and insights into the research behind a couple new pieces of gear in stores now, and some exciting hints at what’s still to come, both later this summer and in subsequent seasons.

Carson with Pete Fry, The Goalie Mindset Guy, in Nashville at the 2023 NHL Draft