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InGoal Radio Episode 85 Evgeni Nabokov

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Episode 85 of the InGoal Radio Podcast kicks off with some very exciting news as we welcome back our presenting sponsor, The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, and catch up with good friend Cam Matwiv for the first of what will again be weekly visits to their slice of goalie heaven and a long list of new products we’ll be reviewing in-depth, starting this week with CCM AXIS pads.

Our feature guest this week is perfectly timed, as we welcome 14-year NHL veteran Evgeni Nabokov to the show just as Russian goaltenders set an NHL record with three of the four starters in the Conference Finals, and now two in the Stanley Cup Final after Anton Khudobin knocked off the only non-Russian No.1, Vegas starter Robin Lehner. Speaking of Khudobin, he once told us he didn’t get formal goalie training until his teens, and it was none other than fellow Kazahkstan-born goalie Nabokov, so who better to talk to about the evolution of the position back in Russia? Nabokov, who is now the San Jose Sharks goaltending coach after a 14-year career spent largely with the Sharks, shares stories about how he came to the position through his father, a long-time pro, the strengths of the Russian system then and now, his path to the NHL, the influence of American coaching icon Warren Strelow, and his own philosophy about the best way to develop goalies. It’s a fun half-our conversation loaded with take aways for goalies, goalie coaches and goalies parents alike.

Just looking for the feature interview? InGoal Members received access to it last week and can still listen to it here.

In this episode we mention some skating drills that Nabokov shared with us from the NET360 camp a few summers ago. Members can see the full writeup and videos of these here:

The ger segment in this episode features CCM’s AXIS pads. You can see the full InGoal review of the line here: