Former NHL ice hockey goalie coach shares a new style on the ice

Former NHL ice hockey goalie coach shares a new style on the ice

It seems like only yesterday I was writing to you last, but another week has gone by and it is once again time for me to give you a peek into the life of a young female ice hockey goalie in America. 

This past week I spent my time on the ice with Joe Burtagna again, and I have come to understand that coaching in the United States is very different from coaching in Hong Kong. 

When I coach in Hong Kong, I work alongside Barry Beck, former captain of the NHL team, New York Islanders. 

Barry works with the team on skating and stick handling, while I work with the two goalies on basic skills.

In team ice drills, players shoot on the goalies while I offer tips from the sidelines. Usually a mini-game is played before the end of the session. 

Here in America, I coach with Joe, former goalie coach for the Boston Bruins. 

The goalies start with a skating warm-up - shuffles, T-pushes and butterfly slides - before splitting into groups of three or four and moving into a station. Each station is run by a coach, working on a specific technique related to the topic of the day. After 10 minutes, the goalies move onto the next station. As a coach, I have to co-ordinate the running of my station, while giving advice to the young goalies at the same time.

This weekend, my father and I will fly to Grande Prairie in Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada. 

There, I will attend a clinic with Jamie McCaig, the China national women's Olympic 2010 ice hockey team goalie coach. 

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Discovering a new style of coaching on the ice


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