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Skill Acquisition in Goaltending:
Are We Leaving Saves on Table?


This article in our Goaltending Science series is from Brandon Thibeau, inspired by his work as the founder of the IQ Goalie e-digest newsletter series. Instagram: @IQ_Goalie

Thibeau is a former Canadian Hockey League and Canadian University goaltender. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Physiotherapy. He is currently coaching U18 in Nova Scotia and is a Scout in the QMJHL.

Whether we are training tracking, movement, positioning or tactics, the goal of any practice is to improve a goalie’s skills so that they can be transferred to gameplay.

As goalies and coaches, can we say we are always practicing in a way that optimizes skill development and transfers to game situations?

To find the answer to this question, we must first understand how the brain and body learns new skills.

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