Interview: Frantz Jean, Goaltending Coach Tampa Bay Lightning
I had the pleasure of speaking with Frantz Jean the recently appointed goaltending coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Frantz is clearly a knowledgeable coach who is able to convey his understanding of the position and we are thankful for him taking the time with us. He has offered to remain as a resource for inGoal and hope to bring more of his experience to our readers this season and beyond.
In our conversation we discussed:
- The life of an NHL goalie coach – it’s long hours and hard work.
- How working with NHL goalies differs from junior and younger goalies – teir skills are refined and they are able to implement a coaches suggestions quickly and precisely.
- How Frantz established a relationship and earned the respect of the Lightning’s NHL goalies – he reached out to them as soon as he was hired and counts on earning respect by arriving each day thoroughly prepared.
- Dan Ellis and Mike Smith – their strengths and areas Frantz is working with them.
- Tampa’s depth in goal – Cedrick Dejardins, Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus. Frantz has left each of them with specific areas of their game to work on to bring their games to the next level.
- Advice for young goaltenders – spend 80% of your time on footwork – and for parents and coaches.