What about the goalie? Do you think about him/her? As a coach, do you make your goaltender a priority in your daily practice plans? Have you made it your business as a coach to think about how to nurture your netminders and help them be the best they can be? If you hope to win, in the end, you’ll only win with good to great goaltending. Nothing in hockey is ever accomplished without their good play. As a coach, it is important to think about how to make practice equally beneficial for your goaltenders.
I have been fortunate in the past year to witness many practices at many levels of play. I have seen youth, college women, college men, AHL, ECHL, NHL and now European pro, European junior and European youth. Way too often, even at the top pro levels, I have witnessed practices that I suspect not enough focused attention was given by the coaching staff on how to make the practice better for their goaltenders.
Most of us don’t know a lot about the technical aspects of being a goaltender and certainly are not