Q: I am a 15-year-old goalie who loves to play hockey and wants to keep playing after high school. What can I do during the offseason to get better and make that dream become a reality?
A: At your age, goaltenders must work on athleticism, strength and flexibility during the offseason. This is best accomplished by playing multiple sports, obtaining and committing to a training program from a professional strength coach, and reflecting on the previous season and making a plan to improve every aspect of your game.
Consider the following:
In the 14U and 16U age classifications, goaltenders need to be accountable for their development. During games, our position is reactive. During the offseason, it's a proactive position.
Take responsibility for your development and make it a great offseason!
Phil Osaer, former USA Hockey ADM goaltending manager, played 12 pro seasons after earning All-CCHA honors at Ferris State. In 2014-15, he was Michigan State's hockey operations director. Prior to that, he was a USHL assistant coach and goaltending coach.
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