Goalie Coach Brian Morrison

Goalie Coach Brian Morrison

Ask The eGoalie

Here, I will answer questions, as well as, post questions I feel will benefit everyone. To ask a question, click here. Below are some questions that I've been asked over the years that I feel are worth sharing:

What kind of goalie pads should I buy my son?

Ones that stop pucks! Goalie pads have evolved an awful lot in the past 10 years. The trick is finding pads that not only match your style of play, but that you feel confident and comfortable playing in. As far as equipment recommendations, Brian’s and Vaughn make some great pads that are game ready, right off the shelf. If money is a concern, there are some great custom equipment stores that make some great products at more reasonable prices; Goalie Heaven in Toronto is one to check out.

Can a goalie over prepare for a game?

Absolutely. While preparing for a game mentally and physically is important, on many occasions, goalies can over think or over analyse the game at hand and in turn, psyche themselves out. While every goalie is different, figuring out how to prepare just enough to excel each and every game is an art in itself.

Should I buy a composite or wood goalie stick?

While composite sticks have become a staple for most hockey players, there is a valid debate for and against goalies using them. I’ve used both wood and composite goalie sticks and here are my thoughts on both.

Composite
Pros: Light weight, won’t rot, great for puck handling if you can utilize its flex, more durable      
Cons: Expensive, increased puck bounce making rebound control more difficult

Wood
Pros: Easy to control rebounds, inexpensive, heavier forcing young goalies to keep their stick on the ice
Cons: Not as durable, increased effort is needed for puck handling

Ultimately, it depends on a goalie’s personal preference. However, goalies should take into consideration their strengths and weaknesses when deciding which type of stick to buy, for example, if a goalie is already struggling with rebound control, a composite stick may not be the best choice. If a goalie is good at handling the puck and is looking to enhance this skill, a composite stick might be their best bet. I currently use a Sher-Wood RM9 composite stick, Thibault curve and I find that it’s great for puck handling, which is one of my strengths. 

What should I look for when scouting a future goalie?

Picking a goalie can be an extremely tough task, as it is the most important position on a hockey team, but one of the hardest to evaluate when scouting. You may watch a goalie that is on a hot streak and think they’re the answer to all your problems or you might see a future star on a cold streak and write them off completely. In my opinion there are a couple simple things to watch out for that will help make your decision a little easier.
1. Cool, calm and collected in the net – you don’t want a goalie that is a hot head, smashes their stick after a goal or pulls themselves in a game.
2. Athletic – the position requires a great deal of athleticism, so picking a goalie that exhibits more than just a good positional game is always a bonus as positioning can be taught, where raw athletic ability can’t.
3. Big game goalie – finding a goalie who plays well under pressure is a great asset. Everyone knows that championships aren’t won at the beginning of the season; therefore having the right goalie in net during the playoffs gives your team a chance to win night in and night out.