Some good quotes by some great goalies about life between the pipes. Goaltending is certainly a sport within a sport if you know what I mean..
“It’s the only way I can support my family. If I could do it another way, I wouldn’t be playing goal.” – Glenn Hall
“Goaltending is a suffering position. Your equipment protects you from injury, but not from pain, every time you go out there. And if you allow a goal, the red lights go on for everyone to see. But you get to be a hero too!” – Kevin Constantine
“Because there wasn’t enough time to play 54” – Grant Fuhr , after being asked how he could play 36 holes of golf in the middle of the Stanley Cup Finals
“Sixty minutes of hell” – Glenn Hall
“The goalie is like the guy on the minefield. He discovers the mines and destroys them. If you make a mistake, somebody gets blown up.” – Arturs Irbe
“Only Dunlop has seen more rubber than I have” – Dominik Hasek
“Quit while there is still time – at about 12 or 13 years of age!” – Gilles Gratton
“The pressure is unreal. Most of the goalkeepers they feel the pressure. The only ones that don’t worry are the ones too dumb to know what’s happening to them.” – Tony Esposito
“The quintessential bad-luck position. Pucks can go off bodies, skates, bounce into the net.” – Mike Liut
“Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.” – Jacques Plante
“Goaltender is a normal job. Sure ! How would you like it if at your job, every time you made the slightest mistake a little red light went on over your head and 18,000 people stood up and screamed at you?” -Jacques Plante
“Because the demands on the goalie are mostly mental, it means that for a goalie the biggest enemy is himself. Not a puck, not a opponent, not a quirk of size or style. The stress and anxiety he feels when he plays, the fear of failing, the fear of being embarrassed, the fear of being physically hurt, all symptoms of his position, in constant ebb and flow, but never disappearing. The successful goalie understands these neuroses, accept them, and put them under control. The unsuccessful goalie is distracted by them, his mind in knots. His body quickly follows.” – Ken Dryden
“Most fans go wild when they see a goalie make what looks like a great save, but the chances are what they are seeing is a save that was made from being out of position.” – Mike Richter
“The only job worse is a javelin catcher at a track- and- field meet.” – Lorne Worsley
“There is no position in sport as noble as goaltending.” – Valdislav Tretiak
“The day they put me in net I had a good game. I’ve stayed there ever since.” – Terry Sawchuk
“I would always ask myself, ‘do you like to practice? ‘ And I always enjoy going to practice, and that’s why I never quit.” – Tim Thomas
“I’d like to thank my teammates. Without them , I can’t win the Vezina Trophy. Goaltending is the most team dependant position that there is in hockey.” – Tim Thomas
“You don’t have to be crazy to play goal, but it helps.” – Bernie Parent
“Nobody wanted to win more than I did. Nobody !” – Ed Giacomin
“Goaltending beats top notch scoring anytime!” – Eddie Giacomin
“I’d like to hear them be a bit more creative, though. I’ve heard ‘you’re a sieve, you stink’ my whole life and you can tell it’s obviously affected me.” – Ryan Miller
“We are the short of people that make health insurance popular.” – Terry Sawchuk
“My focus was always first and foremost to stop the puck. I never let the other players on the other team get to me.” – Andy Moog
“I just made up my mind I was going to lose teeth and have my face cut to pieces. It was easy.” – Johnny Bower , on deciding to become a goalie
“The Rangers!” – Lorne Worsley , then New York Ranger Goaltender, when asked which team gave him the most problems.
“In biblical times, I stoned people to death. Now they are repaying me by hurling pucks at my head.” – Gilles Gratton
“Roses are red, violets are blue, they got ten, we only got two.” – Gerry Cheevers
“I can’t hear what Jeremy says because my ears are blocked with my two Stanley Cup Rings.” – Patrick Roy
“I play a position where you make mistakes. The only people that don’t make them at a hockey game are the people watching.” – Patrick Roy
“There’s an old saying that when it gets tough the tough get going. You have to work your way through these things.” – Ed Belfour
“Little Alan Bester, I’ve often said, has seen more rubber than a dead skunk on the Trans-Canada highway.” – Don Cherry
“I don’t fear stopping a 100 mph slap shot. I fear not stopping it!” – Roberto Luongo
“If you focus on your technique and your technique is perfect, you will have success.” – Benoit Allaire
“It is pretty tough for a goalie when you look at it. You’re always the last line of defense. If you let a goal in, you can’t go to the bench and hide between the guys or anything” – Kirk McLean
“Sometimes you can press a little bit and you’re trying to do too much and you’re trying too hard. You want to win so bad and you want to help the team so badly that you end up trying too much instead of letting the play come to you.” – Ed Belfour
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Another great video from How To Hockey about snap shots, focusing on hand location, body position, puck position, weight transfer, and general keys to a good shot. As you all know, the snap shot is great because you can release it so quick. But it needs to be accurate and fast to score, so practice practice practice!
notice the weight transfer, puck location, and hand location:
Tobias Enstrom will play the final year of his current contract during the 2012-13 season. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is in need of some help at the forward position and a top-six center could probably be acquired in a trade that could include Enstrom. This is merely speculation though because it's unlikely that the Jets are shopping the offensive defender. However, it could make for an interesting story around deadline day depending on the team's situation and where the two sides are in their negotiations.
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In my eyes, the unofficial end for Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets wasn't when the captain made his trade "suggestion" but when GM Scott Howson made that fact public after failing to deal Nash at the trade deadline.
ultimately, it's Nash and his no-trade clause that will determine where he's traded
This month, when Todd Richards was introduced as the Blue Jackets' full-time coach, he rattled off the reasons he was excited to keep the job. The acquisition of Jack Johnson, the late-season scoring flurry from R.J. Umberger, the leadership of Vinny Prospal and the hope of a bright future for Cam Atkinson and Ryan Johansen were cited by Richards, who made no mention of Nash.
The Boston Bruins have the pieces but the price could be too high, despite Nash being a Cam Neely-esque prototypical power forward.
The New York Rangers, in on Nash until the deadline this season, are an interesting call: Does Glen Sather see Nash as the last piece, or did he see enough from the team in this playoff run to make them untouchable?
The Toronto Maple Leafs would covet this "good Ontarian boy," but might not have the assets other suitors have.
The Vancouver Canucks would be a fascinating destination if they're interested.
The Washington Capitals could kick the tires on a replacement for Alex Semin,
The Detroit Red Wings could make Nash the fallback if, for some reason, they lose out on Parise and Suter.
Ultimately, the San Jose Sharks might make the most sense. Their roster needs a shake-up after their regression last season. And the draw of playing with Joe Thornton is undeniable for Nash. But Logan Couture is off the table; it would be interesting to see who else is on it. But based on their cap space for next season and Nash's hit ($7.8 million), it may necessitate someone taking Patrick Marleau's salary off their hands to make this work. Good luck with that. Read more...