Build Reactive Mindset: Blocking vs. Making Saves
The butterfly ushered in an era of modern goaltending where goals against averages plummeted and save percentages chased the moon. As with any good thing, overuse can be detrimental.
There has evolved an over-reliance on dropping into a tight blocking form in order to maximize coverage.
Maximizing coverage prevents goals, but it doesn’t make saves. That is the difference between playing it safe and playing to win. A goalie’s mindset should be a reactive one.
There is a lot that goes into being reactive – for example, I didn’t talk about tracking in this video. However, it is a short presentation that I hope serves as a reminder that to play goal, one must be an athlete:
~ Jon Elkin has coached at all levels. He was the Calgary Flames (NHL) goalie coach for three seasons and has been the goalie coach for teams in the AHL, WHL, QMJHL and OHL, all top feeder systems to the NHL. He has coached 21 NHL goalies. Elkin is currently the goalie coach for the Soo Greyhounds (OHL). He also works privately with his own NHL goaltenders and NHL goaltending prospects.
Jon Elkin’s Goalie Schools has been extremely successful in developing goaltenders. Seven long-time students have gone on to play in the NHL. The school has many young goalies that are legitimate NHL prospects, including 26 who have been drafted recently by NHL teams. The goalie school also has a substantial number of male and female goaltenders playing Division I college hockey. Elkin’s students have also been active in the European Professional Leagues: Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Austria & England. Our record acts as confirmation that our pupils are participating in one of the top goaltender developmental programs in the world.
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