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InGoal Radio Presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports this week features the man many consider to be the best to ever play the position. Martin Brodeur won three Stanley Cups, Four Vezina Trophies, and more games than any goaltender in NHL history during his 22 seasons in the league. He joined us this week for nearly an hour while in Vancouver for the NHL Draft.
Brodeur spoke to us at length about reading the game, his strengths, his mental preparation including breathing and visualization and much much more. He shares stories of learning to play the puck, and how he bested Ilya Kovalchuk in a shootout after his own pre-scout and how he saw Kovalchuk and his teammates acting on the bench amongst others.
It was a privilege to sit down with this icon of the position this week and we are sure you will enjoy joining us for this episode.
Also, we lead off with Cam from The Hockey Shop in our gear segment, looking at Warrior's new lineup of sticks before engaging in a discussion about the benefits of the new stick technology.
Jun 26 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, we sit down with Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart for a lengthy chat that includes several never-before-heard stories, anecdotes and tips from the impressive 21-year-old puck stopper. From changing his stretching routine, to being cut from his local AAA team at age 15 despite almost making the WHL shortly before, Hart opens up about the mental tools he has developed with help from his Sports Psychologist John Stevenson, sharing some of the drills that helped him make the jump from Jr to the AHL to the NHL last season, and some of the tips and programs he still uses today. It's hard not to be impressed with Hart's approach, and willingness to share several tips we know goalies and goalie parents will be able to use themselves this season.
Back at the Hockey Shop with Cam for the gear segment, we look at three options to help keep your equipment stink- and bacteria-free, and give you the chance to save 20% when you stock up on sports spray using the #InGoal20 code at TheHockeyShop.com
The boys also break down their answers to an informal poll that you are invited to join in on - so hop on over to InGoalMag.com to share your thoughts.
Oct 15 2019
This week on InGoal Radio presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, we're joined this week by one of the very best in the game, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. He took a number of listener questions from our social media accounts in addition to a few of our own in what is sure to be one of our most popular episodes. We were fortunate to get to know Carey at the Eli Wilson Goaltending camp he hosts for a day each year in August in Summerland, BC and Carey talks a bit about why he enjoys going there (hint: it's not because we are there ;) )
Thanks to The Hockey Shop Source for Sports in Surrey, BC we are able to bring you this, and every, episode of InGoal Radio. Kevin visits Cam this week and talks about toe tie alternatives for those who want some aftermarket options - including another exclusive InGoal discount.
May 08 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , we sit down with three-time Stanley Cup champion Chris Osgood for a lengthy chat that includes insights on everything from scoring a goal, to playing for Scotty Bowman and Kenny Holland, to with Dominik Hasek, fighting Patrick Roy, and why he was the last goalie to wear the helmet and cage combo. You won't believe the answer to that last one, and you won't want to miss his thoughts on being asked by Mike Babcock to hold a clipboard and scout face-offs as the backup late in his career with the Red Wings.
Now a Detroit broadcaster and youth coach, it says here Osgood should have been in the Hall of Fame long before now for a career that includes 401 NHL wins, but for now we'll happily settle for this Hall of Fame interview with him.
We take a break from the Hockey Shop for the gear segment this week, but not from Cam, who instead grabs Bauer's Spencer Freer to take us behind the scenes from Bauer World at a secret location in Miami, an annual gathering of top retailers that has become known as the Stark Expo of the goalie world.
Oct 23 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports while visiting the Eli Wilson Goaltending Day with Carey Price we recorded a question and answer session between Carey and the young goaltenders who joined him in Summerland, BC for the day. You'll get to hear a relaxed and open Price sharing answers to everything from how he varies his sharpening during the year, to dealing with bullies in school, and even what his favorite ice cream flavor is...
Kevin again joins Cam, who may now have a new nickname thanks to Daren, for our gear segment - this time looking at Vaughn chest protectors.
Finally you'll get the audio from a tutorial of Carey taping his stick...available shortly on video at InGoalMag.com.
Aug 22 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , we sit down with former NHL goaltender and current New York Rangers TV analyst Steven Valiquette, who is also the CEO of Clear Sight Analytics, a company that is changing how we measure shot quality in the NHL, including playing an active role in helping the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup.
Our conversation with Valiquette is long and fascinating, and touches on everything from almost having his career end in junior because of a house party, to figuring out things on his own as a young pro without any goalie coaching help, to the impact of, and specific lessons from, current Anaheim Ducks goaltending coach Sudarshan Maharaj and New York Rangers goalie coaching legend Benoit Allaire. Valiquette talks about playing with, and now analyzing Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist, which leads us into a fascinating conversation about properly measuring goalie performance with Clear Sight Analytics, and a few surprises as he shares some of their proprietary numbers so far this season, and how coaches can use that data to help their goaltenders, or in the case of the Capitals, exploit others by changing how they attack.
In the gear segment, we give Cam at the Hockey Shop the week off as he prepares the store for a massive Black Friday Sale (more specific details on what’s available next week), and use the time to catch up instead with Adam Micheletti, vice president of hockey for Vizual Edge, the web-based vision training program that Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart told us about using regularly in Episode 39.
Nov 20 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , we have a lengthy interview with one of the finest women's goaltenders in the world - Noora Räty of Finland, now playing professionally for Kunlun Red Star in China. Her National Team career began at 15, the Olympics at 16, she has an remarkable NCAA record, including an undefeated senior season with a .956 save %, and has been playing for Kunlun since 2017. Like all the pros we meet, Räty shares her story of beginning in net and her development into a pro. She also gives us her thoughts on the challenges facing the women's professional game today.
There's no Uber in Vancouver but Kevin Woodley is quickly becoming the "Uber for Goalies" as we're beginning to think he chauffeurs every NHL pro in town around in his car. This week Freddie Andersen hopped in with Woody and had a chat that we'll all enjoy.
There's lots more from the goalie world including small cameos from Tim Thomas and Carey Price, talk of lacrosse goals, and a scary scene in the Ontario Hockey League.
For our gear segment, our Ask Cam was so popular last week that it returns, rebranded with a slightly less awkward name, thanks to InGoal listener Alan Nosworthy, as Questions for Cam. They talk about helmets - do you really have to buy the top of the line? are there options? Fitting gloves as minor hockey goalies grow - or if you're a tiny-handed adult like Hutch - and things get a bit personal as one reader asks how many cups Cam wears on the ice! You might be surprised to hear how many....
Dec 19 2019
This week we are joined by guest Eddie Lack as well as a cameo appearance from New York Islander Robin Lehner. The boys give their 2 cents on the Vezina Trophy race and we take a look at the new CCM EFlex4 with new presenting sponsor, The Hockey Shop Source for Sports.
Mar 05 2019
This one is worth it just to hear Mike's impersonation of legendary coach Mitch Korn but you'll stay for more as longtime pro Mike McKenna pulls back the curtain and tells us what it's like to move from franchise to franchise, how he has worked with the biggest names in goaltending coaching, he shares his extensive experience with gear and much much more. We could talk with Mike all day and we hope you enjoy this glimpse into his world.
Matt, the founder of Vintage Goalie also joins us to share a bit about his days as a designer for Bauer and how he later began the rising clothing brand for goaltenders - vintage and modern alike. We've had two pro guests in two podcast episodes and both showed up wearing Vintage Goalie clothing. Hear from Matt today and you'll get a feel for why that is.
Jan 22 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, Kevin sits down for a lengthy interview with Mike Condon, hitting all the points in an open and honest conversation about his career. If you love goaltending, we guarantee (or your money back!!) that you'll enjoy getting to know Mike in this conversation. From riding the bus in the ECHL while writing a 120-page Princeton thesis, to starting a Winter Classic for the Montreal Canadiens, to a major shift in his off-ice preparation (hint: bench press and bulk don't do anything for goaltending...) as he works to regain his health and NHL form with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, this is one to bookmark and come back to again.
And from Princeton-educated goaltender we go to a Ph.D. researcher in the biomechanics of goaltending and our gear as Dr. Ryan Frayne of Dalhousie University joins us to discuss his work looking at both mobility and protection in Chest / Arm units. You'll hear deeper details than you ever imagined - and some results that may surprise you.
Aug 28 2019
In Episode 3 Kevin Woodley sits down with Thatcher Demko of the Vancouver Canucks for a fascinating chat about his growth as a goaltender from minor hockey to the pros. Later, the Pro Rep from Brians Custom Sports who looks after Demko, Halak, Lehner and other pros' gear needs talks with Hutch and Woody about his wide ranging responsibilities.
Jan 29 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , you'll get a feel for what it's like to try to forge a pro career when your stops include the SPHL, the ECHL, Hungary and now England with Jeremy Brodeur. And if the last name sounds familiar, perhaps you noticed it as the same as our feature guest from way back in Episode 23,none other than Jeremy's father, Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur, the winningest goaltender in NHL history.
In The Hockey Shop's Gear Segment we speak with Cam about the Vaughn V9.
Feb 18 2020
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , we're joined by the man we call the Godfather of Swedish Goaltending, Thomas Magnusson, @magnussonth, who is the Head of Goaltending for the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation. While goaltending coaching is ubiquitous in top teams now, he was the first in the Swedish Pro leagues, even pre-dating Francois Allaire in the NHL. Magnusson led the charge as Sweden remade their program with the key strategy of coaching the coaches and continues down this path with 250 certified coaches now and a regular program of professional development to support them. We also spoke at length about recent research in Sweden into hip and groin injuries in goaltending and some potential practice and equipment changes to help mitigate this growing problem in goaltenders.
For our gear segment, we bring you another first, as the man known as The Goalie Gear Nerd on social media @GoalieGearNerd - Mr. Nerd to us - stopped in for a chat about trends in goalie gear this year and next. He's got one of the widest networks in the game and we couldn't think of anyone who would be better to close out 2019 with to talk gear.
Dec 24 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , we sit down with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Pekka Rinne and his former Nashville Predators playing partner Chris Mason, who is back with the team as a broadcaster and still as entertaining and passionate about puck stopping as he was during an 18-year pro career that included 317 NHL games, gold and silver medals with Canada at the World Championships, a championship in Norway, and some of the best gear and mask art the NHL has ever seen.
Our conversation with the two Predators icons includes everything from how Pesapola (Finnish baseball) helped forge an incredible glove hand for the late-blooming Rinne, the role that famous goalie whisperer Mitch Korn played in the development path of both guys, how Mason read shots off the blades of opposing forwards, and lots more insights every goalie will appreciate and relate to.
In the gear segment, we catch up with Cam back at the Hockey Shop to talk about Goalie Bloc, small rubber band with a thick protective layer that wraps around your stick to help protect the index finger from shots that ride up the paddle. It’s a relatively new product that was only recently approved for use in NHL games, and seems like a no-brainer in terms of mitigating injuries risk, especially in practice.
Nov 12 2019
In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , we chat with Canada's Gold Medal winning goaltender from the World Junior Championships, Joel Hofer, just after his return to Canada. Hofer, who was also named the Tournament's top goaltender is a fascinating story; he didn't play AAA hockey until he was 16, was never drafted into major junior hockey, and had never before played for his country. In fact, when Canada brought their top junior netminders together this past summer for their Program of Excellence camp, Hofer was not on the list of invitations. As he always has, the 6'5" St. Louis Blues prospect kept working, producing a remarkable first half of the season with his WHL club, the Portland Winterhawks, and earned an invitation to the Canadian Team's final camp before the World Championships. He didn't start Canada's first game but once he got the net he didn't let go. His calm, steadying influence was a major reason for the Canadian victory.
For our gear segment sponsored by the Hockey Shop we wanted to talk to an NHL equipment manager to give you some insights into the gear in the NHL locker rooms and the role the equipment manager plays in keeping his goaltenders on top of their game. We found one who does all of that, and a whole lot more. A former pro himself, Carolina's Jorge Alves frequently takes the net in practice himself to give the Hurricanes' starters much-needed rest and it's a role that Carolina players have told us over the years is an important one for the club. In fact, Alaves was even pressed into service as an EBUG (Emergency Backup Goaltender) and fate saw him get into the game and he now sports an NHL career that lasted a record 7.6 seconds.
Jan 08 2020
In Episode 42 of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , we sit down with Calder Trophy winning goaltender Andrew Raycroft.
From the Boston Bruins to the Toronto Maple Leafs, being traded for Tuukka Rask to working with him now as part of the broadcast team at NESN, Raycroft shared some great insights on everything from breaking into the NHL at a young age, to playing with his boyhood idol Felix Potvin, to how a year with Ian Clark and the Vancouver Canucks revitalized his career — but not how you might think.
Speaking of Rask, we also caught up with Jake Allen of the St. Louis Blues, who shared a previously untold story about how his impersonation of the Bruins No.1 was used to help win the Stanley Cup.
In the gear segment, we give Cam a break at the Hockey Shop and instead check in with Adam Gans, the director of innovation at CCM, and goaltender and a mechanical engineer with composites who has more than been specializing in sticks for 20 years, for a fascinating discussion about the recent evolution of composite goaltending sticks, and where they are headed next.
Nov 06 2019
In this episode presented by the Hockey Shop Source for Sports we sit down with Winnipeg Jets / Manitob Moose goaltender Eric Comrie. He may not be as well-known as some of our big guests like Carey Price and Martin Brodeur - but he was every bit as engaging and interesting a guest as we have had on the show. From an almost unbelievable amount of work he did to become a pro to an open and honest discussion of how he feels on the ice, this interview will leave you wanting more - we certainly can't wait for the next opportunity.
In the gear segment Hutch speaks with the Manager of the Skate Division at CCM, Fred Beaunoyer who along with assistant manager of the Goal Department Kaylie Dankevy, helps us have a look at the process and technology behind the innovation in CCMs newest goal skate, the Jetspeed FT2.
Jul 17 2019
This week on InGoal Radio presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports we give you sneak peek at the future of goaltending with Spencer Knight, the consensus top-ranked goaltender for the NHL Draft this weekend in Vancouver.
It’s a compelling conversation, with Knight talking about the importance of patience on his skates, his approach to wide-open practice drills against some of the best players his age on the US National Team Development Program (including projected No. 1 pick Jack Hughes), and how playing as a forward, both in hockey and for even longer in lacrosse, has helped him become a better goaltender and puck handler.
There’s plenty of good advice for young goalies and parents alike, and after listening to the future Boston College goalie talk about the position for close to half an hour, it’s easy to understand why so many expect him to be selected in the first round on Friday.
Plus, we recap the Stanley Cup run by impressive St. Louis Blues rookie Jordan Binnington (and explain why his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs would never have drafted the 6-foot-1 stopper), discuss some of the other trends that dominate the draft discussions about puck stoppers, and we check in with Cam at The Hockey Shop for a complete overview of the new Bauer Vapor 2X Pro chest protector.
Jun 19 2019
This week on InGoal Radio presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, Maria Mountain, the leading expert for training goaltenders off the ice joins the boys for a lengthy chat that is sure to benefit everyone - parents, goaltenders and coaches alike. Cam at the Hockey Shop also introduces us to the CCM EFlex 4.9 - the lower price point gear of CCM's newest line, that includes plenty of pro-level features.
Apr 24 2019
Los Angeles King Cal Petersen is our feature guest this week as he talks development, career, his NCAA experience and becoming an NHL regular.
Mar 31 2020
Episode 96 of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports features more than an hour with Zach Fucale, the former Major Junior and World Junior standout who recently signed with the Washington Capitals.
In that very candid feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Fucale shares the excitement and hard work that went into a standout junior career — two trips to the Memorial Cup, including one win, plus two trips to the World Juniors where he came away with a gold medal and shares the Canadian record for most wins at the tournament. He also openly shares his struggles, and who he turned to, as his pro career didn't match that early promise as quickly as he would have hoped. If you've ever struggled as a goaltender - and who hasn't? - this will be an interview you are sure to learn from. Now, with success on the international stage in three Spengler Cups for Canada and a passion to refine his craft that has always been with him, he looks forward to the upcoming season. Fucale's recent signing with Washington, where Coach Scott Murray teaches the importance of tracking, a longtime focus for Fucale, this latest stop in a six-year pro career may be the one that sees Fucale begin to climb the ladder to achieve his ultimate dream.
We also get the chance to talk entrepreneurship as Fucale is a partner in Living Sissu an outdoor activity and lifestyle company based in Montreal. And of course Fucale is another of the early pro adopters of Sense Arena, the VR training tool for goaltenders that we recently reviewed here at InGoal (unlocked, like all our reviews).
All that, plus a new twist on our weekly trip to the Hockey Shop as Woody turns vlogger to take Cam on a Christmas shopping trip for gifts both big and small that you can find for the goalie in your life.
You can enjoy the gear segment on the podcast, but suggest you take a few minutes to see the features up close in our video presentation of the same segment:
Dec 03 2020
Episode 94 of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports features more than an hour with the man Woody dubs "The Most Interesting Goalie in the World," Collin Delia of the Chicago Blackhawks.
In that feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Delia, who looks to take on an increased role in Chicago this season with the departure of Corey Crawford, was a fascinating and open interview with a decidedly laid back feel that we all enjoyed. You'll learn a bit about his life as a new father, starting hockey as a roller hockey goalie in California, living, his Swiss coaching roots, and training in Chicago now and getting outside your comfort zone. You'll also hear about life inside the NHL bubble as a black ace where he had to take control of his own training - a good lesson for all goaltenders. Of course if you love gear, you'll enjoy all the chat about modifying his gear to dial it in and even fix it himself. While it doesn't come up in the interview, we wonder if perhaps that led to Delia and his partner starting the Portiere Leather Company.
All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh and fun video gear segment as Woody and Cam complete their Two Men in Chests mini-series looking at the Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro Carbon Senior Chest & Arm Protector, with some adjustability features we loved, plus added protection with that same Vaughn mobility goalies love.
Nov 26 2020
Episode 94 of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports features a nearly hour-long interview with charismatic young Columbus Blue Jackets star Elvis Merzlikins.
Merzlikins was an open book in our feature interview, which is presented by Sense Arena, talking honestly about the mental toll of a slow start to his remarkable rookie season, which started without a win until Dec. 29 but finished with a 12-2-0 run that included five shutouts and a .953 save percentage. Back on the ice in Switzerland for the first time since a groin injury ended his NHL playoffs prematurely on Aug. 7, Merzļikins was engaging on a variety of topics, from working out hard enough to throw up, to his mental approach and how it was tested, to the goalie coaches and lessons that have shaped his game.
All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at the Brian's Optik2 chest protector, with a noticeably bigger profile that its predecessor and an adjustable neck line that is one of the better innovations we've seen in a while.
Of course, as many have learned the past few weeks, we’re now also sharing a video version of our gear segments at The Hockey Shop — think of it as a simulcast like TV and radio broadcasts of an NHL game — to bring you behind the scenes at Goalie Utopia and add visual elements highlighting new features. You can watch this week’s review at InGoalMag.com
Nov 18 2020
Episode 93 of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports is a treat for every goaltending generation as we spend an hour with 15-year NHL veteran and current Hockey Night in Canada analyst Kelly Hrudey.
In that feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Hrudey shares stories from a career that almost ended as a teenager, including lessons from legendary New York Islanders Billy Smith and Al Arbour, a funny story about his status as the paddle-down pioneer, why he really held his glove so high, and the importance of style, including some of the earliest customized pad designs, that iconic "Hollywood" mask with the Los Angeles Kings, and his real nickname. Hrudey also talks about his relationship with Wayne Gretzky, how motivational speaker Tony Robbins saved his career, and his role now helping others with mental health.
All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at two Warrior chest protector models. Of course, as many already know, we’re now also sharing a video version of our gear segments at The Hockey Shop — think of it as a simulcast like TV and radio broadcasts of an NHL game — to bring you behind the scenes at Goalie Utopia and add visual elements highlighting new features of each piece. You can watch this week’s review below:
Nov 12 2020
Episode 92 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, is live and loaded with great position-specific take aways from Los Angeles Kings goalie Matt Villalta, who is already skating in California with Jonathan Quick, Bill Ranford and AHL goalie coach Matt Millar.
In that feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Villalta shares lessons from his time on the ice with the two-time Stanley Cup winner, including some specific details from Quick that he's working to add to his own game. Coming off his first-year pro, Villalta is open and insightful about the evolution of his own game, all the various tools he's used to keep improving during a now 8-month break between games, including Sense Arena and a few other tools already featured at InGoal, and how something as simple as what you choose to put on your mask can help create the mindset necessary to succeed as a pro.
All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at the new CCM AXIS chest protector, which adds some new layers of protection to their already popular Premier models.
Of course, as some of you may know, we're now also sharing a video version of our gear segments at The Hockey Shop -- think of it as a simulcast like TV and radio broadcasts of an NHL game -- to bring you behind the scenes at Goalie Utopia and add visual elements highlighting new features of each piece. You can watch this week’s review at InGoalMag.com
Nov 06 2020
To say Episode 91 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, is packed would be like saying Dominik Hasek was decent at stopping pucks.
This thing is LOADED with goalie greatness: From industry standard-setting mask makers and painters Greg Harrison and David Gunnarsson discussing the ties between Halloween, horror movies, goalie masks and Jacques Plante; to the inventor of Sense Arena, a ground-breaking new virtual reality goalie training program already being adopted by NHL teams and their tendys, to an informative, insightful, and at-times emotional interview with new Carolina Hurricanes free agent addition Antoine Bibeau.
In our feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Bibeau, who was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, talks about falling for the position cheering Patrick Roy in Colorado and, after getting a call from none other than Roy's former teammate, Joe Sakic, this season to tell him the Avalanche had traded for him, what it was like to get to put on the same uniform. He shares numerous insights on his path to pro, invaluable lessons on the mental and physical game along the way, his own thoughts on Sense Arena, and the emotion of winning his first start with the Avs only to need season-ending hip surgery a short while later — and what the comeback since has been like.
All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at the new Bauer UltraSonic chest protector, which brings their innovative approach from the game-changing pads to goalie arms.
Oct 30 2020
Episode 90 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by the Hockey Shop Source for Sports, features new Minnesota Wild goalie Cam Talbot talking about the stress of free agency and his unique late-blooming path to the NHL.
Talbot shares the keys to that rise, which has been anchored by his work in a training center affectionately known as the Dungeon and his offseason coach Patrick Dipronio, and the lessons from playing with Henrik Lundqvist and being coached by Benoit Allaire with the New York Rangers, as well as some of the specific impacts of Dustin Schwartz with the Edmonton Oilers and Jordan Sigalet of the Calgary Flames. He also shares career-altering lessons from his time at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and how he returned that favour and helped save the NCAA hockey program earlier this summer.
All that, plus a return trip to see another Cam — Matwiv — at The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at the new CCM AXIS mask, and what to make of those innovative new Fluid Inside pods that line the inside.
Oct 22 2020
In this week's episode, presented by the Hockey Shop Source for Sports, we chat about the recent free agency period, the goaltender the signings and their potential impact around the league.
We also head (virtually) to Sweden to speak with goaltender Niklas Rubin of the storied Frölunda franchise — whose most famous alumnus goalie is none other than Henrik Lundqvist. We found Rubin, who was leading the Swedish Hockey League at the time of recording with three shutouts in four games for a 0.76 GAA and a .962 SV%, through a newspaper article detailing an unusual on-ice training method he has used since last summer. Beyond innovative training with his goaltending coach Kristoffer Martin we talk about Swedish Hockey, his own development and current game-day routines as well as an interesting look at mental fatigue and his use of breathing exercises in-game to remain sharp. We're sure you'll find a number of great ideas in this interview to bring to your game the next time you step on the ice.
And in our second feature interview we catch up with seven-year veteran Troy Grosenick, who is coming off a .920 season in the AHL, to talk about what it’s like to be a part of this game of goaltending musical chairs after he signed with the Los Angeles Kings, and get some bonus input on the stress of life in the NHL playoff bubble with a baby on the way back home, how posture played a role in his steady rise over the past four seasons, and how this second offseason reminds him of youth hockey as he gets changed in parking lots loaded with NHL players.
In the Gear Segment sponsored by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, Woody and Cam go through the entire line of Bauer Helmets looking at innovations for comfort and protection as well as choosing the right helmet for your game.
Oct 14 2020
Presented by the Hockey Shop Source for Sports, Frantz Jean is the Goaltending Coach of the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. We talk about his path to the NHL, becoming a coach despite never playing in the NHL, his mentors including a lengthy look at Francois Allaire and his impact on the game, and coaching a diverse group of goaltenders including Nabokov, Bishop, Roloson and now of course Vasilevskiy. Of course we also look at what makes Vasi great, how he sets himself apart from the rest, and why he may be the future of goaltending.
Oct 08 2020
Sami Jo Small is a 3-time Olympian, 5-time World Champion - where she was twice MVP, Co-Founder of the CWHL (Canadian Women's Hockey League) has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford - earned while balancing her time as a National Team goaltender AND a track and field scholarship athlete - and that is just scratching the surface for this decorated and accomplished athlete. Sami joined us this week, presented as always by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, to talk about her career and the book that documents her role on the Canadian Women’s National team for a decade - The Role I Played.
In the gear segment Cam walks Woody through the Bauer Ultrasonic Gloves, including a number of features that make them stand out over previous generations.
To purchase Sami Jo Small's book please visit your local retailer or on Amazon via these links:
Oct 01 2020
Freshly minted Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck is our feature guest for Episode 86 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports. Our exclusive interview with the Winnipeg Jets star was one of the first he’s done since winning the Vezina, and it’s loaded with fascinating stories about his unique path from ignored high school hockey graduate, to the top of the NHL.
Hellebuyck talks about dedicating himself to the position later than most after also playing out until he was 13, and the role a particular set of pads played in that decision to finally just become a goalie. He shares a story about going to stick-and-puck to run drills with a friend to prepare himself for a NAHL camp invite he drove 12 hours to attend, and how that led to a relationship that helped pave his way to pro. He shares insight on his evolution in college, from barely playing to winning the first Mike Richter Award as the top NCAA goalie in just his second season, and his initial hesitation to turn pro after that. He is candid about the changes in his game since joining the Jets, including some early stubbornness and specific examples of post play and hand positioning that he ultimately needed to alter.
It’s a fascinating interview with one of the game’s best, and should serve as both an inspiration and a reminder to young goalies everywhere that where you’re at with hockey in your early teens doesn’t necessarily have to dictate where you end up.
We also head back to The Hockey Shop for our weekly visit with Cam Matwiv, and a detailed conversation about the Bauer Ultrasonic pads that have been incredibly popular with his staff and customers. Cam goes over the innovative new pads and their revolutionary Stabilislide Knee, and shares feedback about fit, flex and feel, as well as some of the custom options he’d recommend to other goalies.
Sep 23 2020
Episode 85 of the InGoal Radio Podcast kicks off with some very exciting news as we welcome back our presenting sponsor, The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, and catch up with good friend Cam Matwiv for the first of what will again be weekly visits to their slice of goalie heaven and a long list of new products we'll be reviewing in-depth, starting this week with CCM AXIS pads.
Our feature guest this week is perfectly timed, as we welcome 14-year NHL veteran Evgeni Nabokov to the show just as Russian goaltenders set an NHL record with three of the four starters in the Conference Finals, and now two in the Stanley Cup Final after Anton Khudobin knocked off the only non-Russian No.1, Vegas starter Robin Lehner. Speaking of Khudobin, he once told us he didn't get formal goalie training until his teens, and it was none other than fellow Kazahkstan-born goalie Nabokov, so who better to talk to about the evolution of the position back in Russia? Nabokov, who is now the San Jose Sharks goaltending coach after a 14-year career spent largely with the Sharks, shares stories about how he came to the position through his father, a long-time pro, the strengths of the Russian system then and now, his path to the NHL, the influence of American coaching icon Warren Strelow, and his own philosophy about the best way to develop goalies. It's a fun half-our conversation loaded with take aways for goalies, goalie coaches and goalies parents alike.
Sep 16 2020
This week’s feature interview for the InGoal Radio Podcast is with recently hired Seattle Kraken pro scout Andrew Allen, but Premium Members can hear the full interview with the former Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabre goaltending coach now. In addition to discussing his new role scouting goalies for the NHL’s newest franchise, Allen shares stories and advice from a career that started at a training camp with Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers and included five years in the American Hockey League and ECHL before a transition to coaching that started with Japan’s National Team. Allen touches on experiences and lessons from four seasons as the Blackhawks development coach, including the importance of not making goalies overly dependent on him, as well as from his time working with Carter Hutton, Robin Lehner and last weeks guest, Linus Ullmark, during four seasons with the Sabres. Perhaps best of all, Allen relates those lessons and his experiences and opinions on the ongoing evolution of a position he is so clearly passionate about — you can’t miss it in this interview — back to goalies of all ages and skill levels through his continued work at youth hockey levels and in private camps he runs through Goaltenders by Andrew Allen.
Aug 26 2020
As we work through the first round of the NHL playoffs and discuss the goaltending we have all enjoyed seeing thusfar, we are joined this week by an extended feature interview with Buffalo's Linus Ullmark.
The Buffalo puckstopper joined us from his summer home in Sweden for an insightful and honest look at development, the state of Swedish goaltending, his own preparations for an uncertain season ahead, the new Bauer Ultrasonic gear he has just had on the ice fo the first time and more.
Aug 20 2020
In the latest episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast we catch up with 16-year NHL veteran turned broadcaster and coach, Martin Biron, for an always colourful and insightful look at the ongoing Stanley Cup Playoffs.
We also delve into the evolution of the position from the perspective of a goalie who played with all-time greats like Dominik Hasek and Henrik Lundqvist, and work with a list of goaltending coaches that includes Francois Allaire, his brother Benoit Allaire, and Mitch Korn. Biron's answers about how each helped him — and his keys to feeling good to start a new season — may surprise a lot of you, and will be worth listening to for all of you.
Biron also touches on the future of Lundqvist in New York, the performances he's enjoying the most in the NHL's return to play, and some of the other storylines around the playoffs, including the skate blade malfunction that Robin Lehner blamed on a four-year-old set of Trues, and a story about how long Biron wore the same set of skates (and the lengths he went to in order to keep the functioning)that frankly you have to hear to believe.
Aug 14 2020
Former NHL Goaltender and current broadcaster Kevin Weekes joins us to talk playoff goaltending as we look at the play-ins and round robin for the 2020 NHL playoffs.
Aug 07 2020
Dylan Ferguson and Eli Wilson, who Ferguson has worked with in the summers for many years, join us from camp in Edmonton where they are training together to talk development and the road to the National Hockey League. Whether you are a young goaltender looking to take your next steps or a parent looking to support your son or daughter, there is a lot to take in from this nearly hour-long discussion.
Ferguson, the Vegas Golden Knights Prospect, got the call of a lifetime while still playing in the WHL for the Kamloops Blazers - he was needed in New York where the Golden Knights were to take on the Rangers. That call up led to his NHL debut vs. Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers before he returned to finish his season in junior hockey. He talks to us about his road to pro, from Tier 3 Bantam to the best league in the world.
Wilson has coached at all levels, including the NHL and has developed countless goaltenders for the top leagues in the world. This includes work with Carey Price in the summers, much of it documented at InGoal. Wilson is also the goaltending coach for the Tri City Americans of the WHL.
Jul 30 2020
Jason LaBarbera joined Carter Hart as featured guests when the first WHL / Hockey Canada Goaltending Symposium presented by InGoal Magazine wrapped up with a two-part Hot Stove hosted by our own Daren Millard.
We already included the exclusive half hour interview with Hart in last week's podcast, which was loaded with valuable insights from the impressive young Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, and now we are excited to share our 30-minute conversation with LaBarbera, who has transitioned to goalie coaching since ending his 16-season NHL career in 2016, working with the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL and helping Canada win gold at last year’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
LaBarbera worked with a lot of elite goaltending coaches during his playing days, including Bill Ranford with the Los Angeles Kings, Ian Clark with the Vancouver Canucks, Benoit Allaire with the New York Rangers, and Sean Burke with the Arizona (then Phoenix) Coyotes. The 40-year-old shared insights from both worlds, including lessons from his playing days, and how he’s learned to blend those coaches’ unique approaches with his own strengths now.
Loaded with insights from off and on the ice, including his favorite drills, make sure you stay right to the end to hear how an errant stick toss after getting pulled in the ECHL led to a visit on the bench from local police, and played a direct role to his first call up to the NHL.
Jul 23 2020
In the latest episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast, we caught up with Carter Hart just as he arrived back in Philadelphia well ahead of the Flyer training camp and as a featured hot stove guest at the first WHL / Hockey Canada Goaltending Symposium presented by InGoal Magazine wrapped up. InGoal Premium members may have already seen the video of this interview with Hart and our own Daren Millard, but then they’ll already know its worth hearing again as Hart talks about everything from his mindset and approach heading back onto the ice, some of his early focal points, experiences working with a variety of coaches over the years, and how some of them have shaped his game and his philosophy to multiple voices. Hart also talked about some of the technical elements he’s added to his game over the past year, and some other elements he’s experimented with before deciding it wasn’t for him. He talks about his toughest moment in youth hockey, and he overcame it, his experiences in the WHL and why the hardest part about making the jump to pro might have been learning to pay bills. Add in some of his off-ice and game preparation habits, and there’s something that every goalie, goalie coach and goalie parent can learn from this exclusive half hour with the young Flyers star.
Jul 15 2020
Recently named to the 2020 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Kim St. Pierre will be the first female goaltender inducted into the Hall. St. Pierre was our guest this week on the InGoal Radio Podcast, and today we bring that interview to our Premium Members ahead of its public release on the podcast.
This interview has so many great takeaways for goaltenders; it will have something for everyone. It was without a doubt one of our favorites — and not just because she managed to “one more question” our Kevin Woodley! We’re glad she did because it was to make another important point in an interview filled with them.
With a bit of everything from her incredible Hall of Fame career, there are lessons for goaltenders at all levels whether just starting out or playing, as St. Pierre did, at the highest levels of the game. Kim’s thoughts on mindset and how she learned to deal with the pressure of International Play resonate not just for elite goaltenders but are also framed for young goaltenders just starting out. Her approach to the game, preparation, and practice hold lessons for all of us.
St. Pierre earned 3 Olympic Gold Medals, 5 World Championship gold and as a member of Team Canada set records with 15 shutouts and a remarkable .840 goals against average. We hope that you enjoy this interview as much as we did — and we look forward to the next opportunity to bring this Hall of Fame goaltender to the InGoal audience.
Jul 07 2020