Archive for August, 2012

Hey everybody, I hope your doing great wherever you may be! Here is an article of my top 3 Junior goalies in all of hockey.

So here is a diagram with some pictures and information about the goalies along with why I think they are in my top 3 list. PLEASE DO NOTE that all pictures belong to their respective owners and there will be links down below for where to get these pictures.

Here is my Top 3 Junior Goalies!

So I hope you enjoy this article on my Top 3 Junior Goalies in all of hockey.

Below are a couple of links for my youtube channel, our official twitter account for the channel and our Facebook fan page so please be sure to subscribe, like and follow!

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Hi everybody, as always I hope your doing well wherever you may be! Here is an article on why Pekka Rinne is the total package goaltender.

So down below is a visual diagram of why Pekka Rinne is the total package goalie for those of you who are more “visual learners”.

Here is a picture for those of you who are more “visual learners”

So lets start with the most obvious part of Pekka, his size.  As anybody who knows how the modern day of goaltending could tell you, size is one of the biggest things goalie coaches and evaluators everywhere are looking for now a days. Myself, I’m 6’4 and 16 years old right now so I think I know what I’m talking about when I say having size is so helpful and such a gift in between the pipes and Pekka Rinne uses every inch of his 6’5 frame to his advantage, whether its in his amazing athleticism or a technically sound save. Do note that having size does not mean having equipment 10 sizes too big!

Now is one of the things that every goalie needs to be a goalie in this era. Now you might not be able to tell from looking at Pekka because he is not the type of goalie that you’ll find doing the splits all day long like Jonathan Quick or Miikka Kiprusoff but Pekka really does have incredible flexibility and when he combines it with his athleticism and 6’5 frame he is nearly unbeatable. For example 2 years ago in the 2011 playoffs against Vancouver, all you saw was Pekka using his size, using his athleticism and getting his body get into the weirdest of positions. I mean I swear one time I saw him pretzel himself and he was still able to make the save and was able to cover up the rebound.

Next is how Pekka is so incredible to see how he uses his long legs to his advantage. Now clearly when your 6’5 your going to have incredibly long legs but you have to use them well because when used well, you can cover up the whole bottom of the net without any problems and theres half of your problems taken care of right off the bat, but when used not so well, you have uncoordinated legs that are just there to block as much net as possible and do no reacting once well at all but thats not the case with Pekka. Now we have all seen how Pekka uses his legs, hes stretching them all over his crease to try and get them to where they need to be but he also knows when to use them to block and when to be athletic and it is really incredible to watch. For those of you who are wondering what size of pads that Rinne where’s, believe it or not, even though he is 6’5 he is only using a 38” pair of pads.

Now finally is Pekka’s incredible stick usage. Another one of Pekka’s great abilities are his great stick usage. Now he may not use his stick all day long in paddle down play like Mike Smith or Jonathan Quick but Pekka is using his long reach and even longer paddle to poke check on a regular bases and its extremely affective along with using his stick to control rebounds by putting them in the safe spots like in the corners or deflecting the puck over the boards for a stoppage in play. I there was a play in the 2010-11 season where Pekka lost his stick in Edmonton and Shawn Horcoff had Rinne’s five hole wide open but he hit Pekka’s stick and the puck sailed wide. Search it on youtube if you haven’t seen it yet.

So I hope you enjoyed this article on why Pekka Rinne is the total package! Below are a couple of links for my youtube channel, our official twitter account for the channel and our Facebook fan page so please be sure to subscribe, like and follow! All pictures are courtesy of

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Hi everybody, I hope your all doing good wherever you may be! Here is an article on what exactly makes Carey Price so good and why he is everybody’s favourite goalie.

So down below this is a visual diagram of what makes Carey so good for those of you who are more “visual learners”.

Here is a picture for those of you who are more “visual learners”

So Lets start with the most important part of being a goaltender and that is the mental strength. Without a doubt what makes Carey so good, so consistent and so much more is his mental strength. For example when a goalie has a 40-50 shutout/win, the next game is how you can tell whether that goalie strong mentally or not because if hes not, everything will go straight to his head and it will reflect his GAA, Sv% and overall performance and the same goes for a bad goal, we all can remember the goal Derek Morris scored on Jonathan Quick in the Western Conference final from center ice this year? Well after that you couldn’t even tell that the goal happened to Quick and that is the type of Mental Toughness Carey Has. Thats very similiar to when Carey let in a softy on the 1st shot of the 1st preason game in 2010-11, fresh off of the Halak/Price wars and after that Carey had what I think was by far the best season of his young career too date.and his stats prove it.

Now Carey’s stick work. One of Carey’s biggest assets are his intelligent stick usage, he uses his stick to block pucks from going across the crease occasionially but its mostly when he is using his stick to guide pucks into the corners exactly where he wants them but more importantly where they need to be. Carey also uses a paddle down method to defend against rap arounds and to block parts of the net on fast cross crease passes that he can’t react to and/or can’t defend against.

How could I forget about Carey’s lightning quick glove hand. A lot of people ask how Carey has such a quick glove hand and its fairly simple. It starts with a lower glove position building coverage from the bottom up which is the entire goal of the butterfly goaltender, combine that with a more outward glove position which takes away the angle and lightning quick reflexes and you have one of the best gloves in the league.

Now is Carey’s leg work which a lot of people idol over. Lots of people say how Carey has such a “sexy” butterfly and rarely gets beat down low, well it starts with knowng when to use a narrow and a wide butterfly, He uses a narrow to put pucks to the corners on sharp angles and give the illusion of an open five hole while putting his knees and heels together. Carey then uses a wide butterfly when theres no high risk if he were too kick out a rebound into the slot or when going into a block in tight or when he cannot see.

Noware Carey’s pushes and these are without a doubt what makes him so popular and why everybody wants to be Carey Price. Now what makes Carey’s play so appealing and has people drooling over how “he makes it look so easy and effortless” is because of every- thing he is doing down low. It starts with using his hole entire foot when doing backside pushes across the crease and he pushes almost exactly the right amount to get to where he needs to be next and has least amount of movement to do in his next push. But its really when he pushes (whether its a T-push, shuffle, backside push or anything else) he is not moving his arms an inch, only his core moves when he rotates and his legs when he pushes.

So I hope you enjoyed my article on what exactly makes Carey Price so good! Below this are a couple of links for my youtube channel, our official twitter account for the channel and our Facebook fan page so please be sure to subscribe, like and follow! All pictures are courtesy of

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Hey everybody, I hope your doing well wherever you may be! For my first post I thought what could possibly be better than an up close look and description for what Jonathan Quick is using between the pipes, lets get started.

First of all I just wanted to let everybody know that below is the Jpeg files of Quick setup I made for those of you who are visual learners or just too lazy to read the article itself (kinda like myself), here it is.

Heres the picture for those of you who are visual learners

Too start off, lets begin with Jonathan’s goal pads. Quick uses Vaughn V4 7600 Professional custom goal pads, some of his mods include…

-Stock V4 Protection        -One break below the knee, both internal and external and no breaks above the knee     -Narrow V2 leg channel      -Top 2 straps are both nylon click-in straps, one of which is below the knee on inside and other is above the knee on the outside       -Custom V4 graphic with alternate coloured “dragon tails” on the left and right pads       -Quick typically goes through 3 pairs of pads per season and takes 2 practices to break them in before using them in games

Now we’ll go to his blocker and catch gloves..

-Stock V4 7600 Blocker and goes through 8 of them per season     -Stock V4 catch glove with the top of the T-web stiffened and Quick goes through 8 gloves per season alongside 3 practice glove with extra protection

Now for his Warrior Swagger goal stick…..

-Quick’s goal stick is almost identical to the retail version except a slight tweak to the stand mid-curve at the toe   -26.5′ paddle, 29.5″ Shaft and a lie of 14      -The color pattern is the same as the retail version       -Quick goes through over 100 sticks per season, I’m not even kidding!

Now Quick’s Vaughn Epic 8800 Chest Protector….

-Pro 2010 stock model    -Large sized chest protector with medium sized arms     -Additional 1/8″ of low density foam behind the forearms and bicep floaters

and last but not least, the skates that give Jonathan the most explosive powerful pushes in the world….

-Bauer Supreme One100 skates with One60 cowlings      -Sized 10 E/A with some slight undisclosed modifications to prevent lace bites       -Quick alternates 3 sets of blades in his skates only using them for 3-4 times before getting new ones to help maintain height, power and “freshness”      -Jonathan’s skates are sharpened to 3/8″ hollow with 60-120 profile on 4mm blades

Please not that a lot of the information in this post is from InGoal Magazine and here is the link to the post

So thats everything on Jonathan Quick’s gear setup. I hope you enjoyed this article and below is a picture with all the information above with just a little more colour and a picture of Quickie in action. Also I operate my own youtube channel so below are the links to my youtube channel, our Facebook fan page and our official twitter account!

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Hi, I’m Trav4oilers

Posted: August 3, 2012 by trav4oilers in Uncategorized

Hi everybody, I hope that your all having a great summer and training hard for the new season!

I’m a new additional to the great team of writers here for Syko About Goalies and am honoured to be getting an opportunity to work some really great and talented people here and deliver lots of in-depth articles and analyses of goaltenders everywhere and everything in between.

My name is Travis, I’m 16 years old and I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I have been a goaltender for the past 7 years and I feel I understand the position extremely well from a technical stand point as well as a performance stand point and can go in depth analyzing goaltenders in many places that even commentators and some of the analysts on national television cant even do. I’ve also had a few injuries in my time all of which were muscle related and I have learned a lot about sports injuries, how to prevent them and how to treat them as well. Like a lot of young and aspiring goaltenders out there, from an athletic and technical stand point I idolize goalies like Jonathan Quick and Carey Price and can do the splits myself, I don’t use it nearly as much a Quickie does but I try my best to stay as technically sound as possible for as long as I can before using my athleticism. Physically I’m 6’4 and have a lot of growing to do so you can probably guess that my favourite goalies are Pekka Rinne and especially Devan Dubnyk.

I also follow all the latest and greatest goalie gear that is coming out and already available and can give some seriously in depth analysis of whats going on, what makes this gear better than the rest, its improvements from its previous generation and so much more!

As you can tell I love goalies and its has always been my passion, I enjoyed watching goalies so much that I even started my own youtube channel for goalie save compilation videos. I started in December of 2011 and feel I have come a long way since starting and have already pumped out well over 40 videos. For those of you interested I will attach a link to my youtube channel, our official twitter account for on the fly updates on new videos and breaking goalies news and our Facebook fan page!

So I hope your enjoyed my first post and a little bio on myself, if you have any questions you can direct message me on Twitter, Youtube or Facebook and I will try my best to answer your message as quickly and accurately as possible.

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