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RyanDMC 04-27-2012 11:27 PM

I want to learn how to play goalie
Growing up I always loved watching guys like Brodeur and Roy on TV, and I thought hockey goalies were the coolest people ever. But due to logistics and money issues my parents were never really on board with the idea of me playing hockey. Anyway I'm 18 now, turning 19 in a few months and watching Tim Thomas in the playoffs this year kind of got me back to that nostalgia of wanting to play goalie (glad he and the Bruins are out though, go Flyers). Problem is I don't really know where to begin, after working on my skating obviously. I've been ice skating maybe 3 times in my life. I'm a pretty good roller blader but I don't know how similar the two are. I've played goalie in both soccer and lacrosse so I know I have the right mentality I just kind of need a game plan because it's something I've always wanted to do and I want to hop on it while I'm still relatively young.

I'm running into a couple roadblocks. First, I don't know where to get cheap equipment. I'm not trying to spend loads of money starting out in case I find out I don't like it or something. Second, I have no friends that play hockey, goalie or otherwise so I don't really know who to go to to get pointers. Searches for clinics and trainers and stuff is yielding minimal results.

Any help you guys could give me would be great. I live in the Philadelphia suburbs if anyone knows of anything in the area that could help with equipment or training or whatever.

Copeland 04-28-2012 12:07 AM

Well, I think every city has a Craigslist, so you could search there for bargains on gear.

That's my two cents, and sorry I don't have more! I'm about to embark on this same journey myself, except I'm nearly 10 years your senior lol

nightfighter 04-28-2012 12:18 AM

The craigslist suggestion for used gear is a good one. Ebay can net you some good stuff used and new. Personally, I think you should buy your helmet brand new. Don't skimp there as its the most important piece of equipment next to your jock.

Head on over to the goalie store forums; lots of helpful people there. Be a sponge, soak up all the knowledge you can get. As you learn more about the position you can start to develop your opinion and preference on what style you'll play. Here's some sites to get you started on the basics of technique:


look up videos on youtube too.

Skating is critical so I'd suggest buying a pair of goalie skates first and foremost and get out there on the rink. Get comfortable going forwards, backwards, stopping and then you can move on to more specific goalie movements like C-cuts. Once you've been skating a few times, you can strap on your leg pads and go to the public rink and practice your technique there. I don't really recommend throwing on all your gear and showing up at a drop-in. While trial-by-fire works for some people, you don't learn much when you're getting shelled. Take the time to learn the position and learn how to move in the crease. Once you've got some comfort level with that you can start getting hit by pucks.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress in the newbie thread!

Subnordi 04-28-2012 07:06 PM

I just began this past season. Luckily I was able to borrow most equipment from friends, or get it on clearence off of goalie monkey. I was blessed with having a phenominal goalie coach on my team, and just extremely hard work and dedication really helped my development and being in a good physical and athletic condition helped out as well. I love playing goaltender, read up on all the info you can find and search drills on youtube or whatever, definately worth the hard work once you make that big save.

adaminnj 04-28-2012 07:18 PM

As a goalie I can recommend that you start with scooping out half your brain and giving your bank account to someone who is responsible.

After that Skate, Skate, and more skating. and make sure that you learn to skate. Once you have done all the above come back and I will give you the next step. See you in about 2 years eh.

Uncle Slick 04-29-2012 04:03 PM

Get the skating thing down pat before you go on ice and face live shooters.

Concurrently, find a goalie range, this is a place that facilitates dry land training for goalies - specifically puck shooting machines in a controlled environment. Speeds range from 5 mph up. Some places have equipment that you can rent. My experience is that these ranges are located near arenas or in arenas.

A couple of years back I attended a USA Hockey symposium and one of the attendees was talking about such a facility in West Chester, PA. If you're familiar with that area, you'll probably find the place.

As an aside, I've had a boni jr ( http://www.boni.com/ )for a few years. My little guy (he's 6) wants to be a goalie however he needs to be a better skater first. That said, he's now stopping shots on dry land from the above mentioned puck shooting machine. I started him out on a really old jugs tennis ball machine - the hopper held 100 tennis balls. He handled it well, made the transition to pucks easier.

Regardless, good luck.

cutchemist42 04-30-2012 08:28 PM


I started last year and found gear off kijiji.

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