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InGoal Radio Episode 170
with Michael Lawrence

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Episode 170 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, features the return of Michael Lawrence, goalie coach for HC Lugano in Switzerland’s top pro league, the NLA, and owner of Pro Goaltending Schools in Ontario. 

In that feature interview, presented by Sense Arena, Lawrence peels back the layers on how to balance in-season and long-term development in the win-now environment of pro hockey, a process he went through with Elvis Merzlikins in Lugano, and one that is increasingly important in the NHL after a record 119 different goalies got into a game this season (and 27 and counting in the first round of the playoffs already). Lawrence, who spent time in the OHL and KHL before moving to the Swiss League eight seasons ago, also touches on some biomechanics and the importance of what he calls a “pinch” in a goalie’s set up; teaching a multiple stance system with a narrow, or “perimeter feet” set up when the puck is on the perimeter; some of the key development differences he sees between Europe’s club system and the private models in Canada; and how he uses new goalie analytics to not only scout goalies, but also to help his goalies get better with targeted work in season. 

All that, plus a trip to The Hockey Shop Source for Sports for some options to keep your gear from smelling as bad as Woody’s game, including a spray he swears saved his marriage.