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Podcast Interview with Goalie Coach Steve McKichan

“If you want to be a better goalie, stop watching hockey”

Steve McKichan and Leafs Goalie Andrew RaycroftA few days ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Steve McKichan about his experience as a goalie coach.

While we spoke Steve shared with me:

  • his background as a former NHL goalie and then teacher who became a goalie coach.
  • some thoughts on what separates top NHL goalies from others who might seem to be nearly as technically sound.
  • Young goaltenders and what to work on in practice.
  • Some ideas on how goaltenders can improve their games away from the rink.
  • The fact that half the goalies in the NHL are European, why that might be and what Canada needs to change.
  • Thoughts on equipment for youngsters
  • Oldtimers working with goalie coaches
  • and more!

Have a listen and then take some time to stop by Steve’s site is a treasure trove of information.

Perhaps the most exciting news here is that Steve has offered to write a bit for our site – so look for more interesting things from him soon.

dvd_adAnd to top it all off, Steve has generously offered to donate donated one of his DVDs for our readers. Come back on Monday and we’ll let you know how to throw your name in the hat for that one! Already awarded, sorry folks.

About The Author

David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.


  1. Likewall

    I have had a chance to read a lot of Mr. McKichan’s work on other forums
    but this was my first Podcast great insight thanks Steve can’t wait for you to pass on more of your goaltending philosophy to us goalie dad’s.

  2. David T

    My daughter has gained a great amount from Mr.McKichans knowledge

  3. 2honest4u

    Mr. McKichans down to earth format works great for kid’s and a parent who has a lot to learn about the game of hockey!

  4. David T

    Goalie dad is the toughest spot on the bench. Steve helps us understand our kids and just how tough the position is to play.

  5. Kris

    So who won the DVD set?

  6. Brooke

    I had the chance to attend one of his camps a few years ago when I was ten. I learned alot and got the experience of staying in Canada at his house a long ways away from my family. It was a great experience but he did leave me at the ice arena in a different country and never noticed. The arena guy had to drive me back there!