I have often said goaltenders are a special breed.
Naturally, I mean that in the most positive way. They have to be. They are the only players who are on the ice and have to be on their toes and paying attention for the entire sixty minutes.
I have heard people say - and even other players say - that you only get 30 shots a game and of those, maybe 10 are good scoring chances. I guess they have never seen those bad bounce off a stantion goals or the ones that skip and go in on a shot from center.
The only ones who really understand what I am talking about are other goalies and I don't mean some guy that has to put on the pads because the rec league players are getting tired of firing at the shooter tutor. I mean goaltenders who have made it their careers.
Goaltenders who have gone through the ups and downs of win streaks and getting the hook. These are the chosen few who are able to be the hero one minute and the goat the next and have the mental toughness to bounce back in their next game or on the next shot.
The goaltending fraternity is a strong union. It is built on mutual respect.
Each goalie has their own personality and their own idiosyncrasies but they all know the skill and talent required to succeed in playing that position. That is why when one goaltender gets hot and the other has to sit and watch there is no controversy between the two.
They realize that they have a partnership to win as many games during the long 82 game season as they possibly can. You notice how I said they because these two players combine to fill the the one individual spot in this team game.
Don't get me wrong. It is a competition. Every goaltender would like to play every night and every goaltender knows that one game on the bench can turn into five in a hurry, so try not to have a bad game, and ride the wave when you are hot, and build on every win. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself, and try not to worry about the media or the fans or the lights, or the bad batch of sticks, or the last deflection that hit the post and went in. Am I rambling?
Another goalie would understand.
When Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider say there is no goalie controversy they mean it.