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How can I become the "go to goaltender"?

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Many times I am asked "what do I need to do to be that goaltender who gets the nod over his or her partner when an important win is on the line".

My first comment is "prepare", and prepare well. You'll need to become a "student of the game". A student who thoroughly understands all of the little nuances of the position & the game itself. For example how potential scoring threats materialize as certain plays develop in your end or the likelihood of where, in your zone, a shot will be released.

Next, show you are ready day in & day out through your mental toughness and response to pressure situations. Show you readiness by never giving up and developing an air of confidence that says I am ready for any situation the game can throw at me.

And last, be patient. It will take time to instill the thought of you as the "go to guy" in the minds of your coaches. But, if you go through the process, the likelihood that you will become the "go to guy" increases every day so when you do get your shot you will be successful

 

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