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USA Hockey hoping to boost U.S.-born goalies in NHL

Coaching program will aim to help Americans play majority of League's minutes at position by 2030

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard didn't have access to a goaltending coach growing up, so his father read up on the position to lend a hand on the ice. Yet he became a starting goalie in the NHL.

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Allaire deserving candidate for Hall of Fame inclusion

Pupils advocating for goalie coach to enter as builder

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Martin Biron is looking forward to putting on the pads again in the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic game on Sunday in Toronto to help celebrate the 2018 Induction Weekend. He hopes to be back again soon to celebrate a coach who helped him get to, and stay in, the NHL for 15 seasons.

Goaltending coach Francois Allaire retired this summer after more than 32 years in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche.

Biron is one of many former pupils who believes Allaire should be acknowledged for his role as a trailblazer and his undeniable impact on the game.

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Canucks weigh opponent's style when choosing goalie

Vancouver considers matchup issues in picking its starter

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- First-year Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green raised a few eyebrows when he said matchups can factor into his choice of goaltender, just as they do for which skaters he chooses for the lineup.

It is common practice for coaches to swap out defensemen and forwards in seeking a more skilled or heavier lineup to counter the strengths or exploit the weaknesses of the opposition.

Few have admitted to matching goalies against opponents based on style considerations.

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Holtby keeps adapting with latest Capitals goaltending coach

Able to combine fresh concepts, own style

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Braden Holtby is in his sixth full NHL season and on his fifth goaltending coach with the Washington Capitals, so adjusting to another voice, Scott Murray, is nothing new.

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Hellebuyck's new training routine key to early success with Jets

Goalie focused on body mechanics to change his game

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- When Connor Hellebuyck got his first win of the season for the Winnipeg Jets, coach Paul Maurice didn't cite his goaltender's burgeoning confidence, or any particular saves he made during the game. 

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Goaltenders mostly immune to youth movement in NHL

Intricacies, demands of position lead to longer development curve

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The NHL is in the midst of a youth movement, but it doesn't apply to goaltenders.

More forwards and defensemen than ever may be NHL-ready as teenagers, but the path to stopping pucks at the highest level continues to take time.

There has been a 33 percent increase in the number of skaters between the ages of 18-20 to play 10 or more games during the past decade compared to the previous 10 seasons. The number of goalies in that age range to play double-digit games dropped from seven to four.

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Marc-Andre Fleury, Calvin Pickard give Golden Knights solid goaltending

Experience playing behind overmatched teams likely to come in handy during Vegas' first NHL season

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

So much for any anticipated run on goaltenders at the NHL Expansion Draft. But what the Vegas Golden Knights lacked in quantity they made up for in quality, on and off the ice.

Despite predictions Vegas might select as many as six goaltenders, the Golden Knights picked the minimum three on Wednesday. Two are under contract for next season, with former New York Islanders backup Jean-Francois Berube set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. That likely leaves Vegas with former Pittsburgh Penguins starter Marc-Andre Fleury and Colorado Avalanche backup Calvin Pickard to start the season.

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Jonathan Bernier living in moment for Ducks

Goalie's adjusted focus, technique big reasons for Anaheim surge

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Jonathan Bernier knew after he was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Anaheim Ducks in July that this could be a make-or-break season for him, which makes his ability to stay in the moment throughout it all the more impressive.

In addition to a couple of key style adjustments with Anaheim goaltending coach Sudarshan Maharaj, Bernier credits his work since being reunited with Ducks sports psychologist Dana Sinclair, and their renewed focus on the present, for his turnaround over the past three weeks.

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Music has notable effect on goalies

Braden Holtby, Tuukka Rask among those who benefit from playing instruments

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby plays guitar in the afternoon on game days as a way to relax and get into a good mindset for the game later that night, but the 2016 Vezina Trophy winner knows it may also help his glove hand.

Research has linked strumming a guitar to helping to catch a puck because of the way it trains the same neural pathways -- connecting the eyes, brain and hands -- used to make a glove save.

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For goaltenders, more protection, the better

When it comes to cups, one just isn't enough

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

From personalized painted masks to brightly patterned pads and custom-fitting everything, equipment has always been a big part of goaltending in the NHL. But there is one piece of protection that is especially important when tasked with getting in the way of frozen pucks shot upward of 100 miles an hour. In fact, most goalies have more than one.

So just how many cups do you think the average NHL goaltender wears these days?

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