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The program is open to ALL CHA goalies participating at the Mite to Bantam age levels. This includes Central States, Mo. Hockey League and GRHL goalies


We look forward to an exiting season and wish all our goalies the best of luck. Our Goalie Clinic schedule for the season is below.

CHA is pleased to have Bruce Racine return for his fourth year as our lead goalie instructor. Coach Racine brings over 20 years of professional playing and coaching experience to CHA goalies. Locally Coach Racine has worked with goalies from AAA-Mites and recently has had students drafted by both the USHL and NAHL. Coach Racine and has developed a teaching method that starts by teaching and building on basic techniques, recognizing that each goalie is unique and has their own natural abilities, building confidence and metal toughness all while embracing the goalie's love for the position and a love for the game of hockey.

I encourage one head or assistant coach from each team to attend as many of the 16 clinics as your schedule allows.  It is a great way to work with your goalie and learn drills to take back to your team practices.  We also need coaches to help run stations and serve as shooters. 


Jim Pisoni
CHA Program Director



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Moving on after goals

Justin Johnson, Mental Edge Goalie Academy

University of Minnesota Goalie Coach

Perhaps one of the most challenging and differentiating skills in goaltending is the ability in returning to play; with focus and poise after just being scored on.  The greats of the game seem to have a unique ability to move on from even the most disappointing goals. Watch Ryan Miller’s post game interview describing Sydney Crosby’s Gold Medal goal. Many others struggle with the ability to return to play with the same level of intensity, focus and poise that will set themselves up for success seconds later.

Coaching points on this subject often include “move on”, “park it”, “forget about it”, and the slightly better “think about the next one”. The purpose of this article is to teach you HOW to do each of those suggestions in a practical way.  After taking this information and applying it to your situation you will be set on a path to train yourself to react in a way that increases your chances of stopping the next shot.

 First and foremost, to ensure the best chance of moving on effectively after being scored on you must first have expectations that are realistic. Goaltenders that enter into a game with a shutout as their primary goal for the night have elevated their expectations past what is realistic and in most cases. Goaltenders that do this place a tremendous amount of needless pressure on their selves and as a result emotionally fall from a cliff when that shutout is broke. This self imposed expectation makes it extremely difficult to climb back up that cliff and respond to the next shot in an optimal way. If you are going to target an appropriate number of goals to give up heading into a game then pick 2 or 3 goals against. These are much more realistic and should give your team a chance to win just the same.

Once your expectations are appropriately set you are ready to design your post goal routine. Starting the moment you are scored on, you have approximately 30 seconds prior to the puck being dropped at center ice and play resuming. What you do with these 30 seconds, both physically and mentally, will determine your ability to bounce back.

There are three parts to a post goal routine: Absorbing what happened, figuring out what you could have done differently, and what you are going to do next.  It is important for each goalie to go through each of these stages and avoid becoming stuck on one in particular. In addition; it is important to mark the movement from one stage to the next mentally, followed with a physical action.  The example below outlines steps needed to ensure a proper attention is paid to all three stages.

*NOTE you may exchange the thoughts and physical actions in any way that suits you. However, the order and need for all three stages to be addressed must be maintained. 

Here is an example of a post goal routine with your mental response in italics.

Goal is scored:

1. You get up with your body language showing no disturbance. You think about how you know better not to be so deep on a shot from the blueline.

2. You skate to the corner. You think about how you need to drive out further and play at the top of your crease on a shot like that, you see yourself making that save in your mind.

3. You skate from the corner and back to the crease and line yourself up for the drop of the puck. You think about being big in your crease how you are going to fight to see pucks and compete.

Puck is dropped:

When coaches and or parents tell a goalie with the best of intentions to “forget about a goal” I have always seen that as a little short sighted and unrealistic unless you teach them how.  Forgetting about a goal while playing only comes about if you replace your thoughts with something else. A mind left unoccupied will naturally revert back to the previous event. Therefore, the final skill of moving on after a goal comes in the form of replacing thoughts of “what ifs” with thoughts of “what you are going to do!”  If you truly want to be able to forget about a goal you must think about something other than that goal. If you think about actions that will help you stop the puck, you are well on your way to performing with poise and focus!

Finally, once you find a routine that works for you, stick with it. Do not change the physical actions with the goal to goal or game to game. In your pre game routine, the more you practice the routine it becomes more powerful and helpful. Once you find something that works stick with it!

Questions about your routine or other parts of your mental or physical game? Contact me at justin@mentaledgenow.com


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