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InGoal Radio Podcast
117 minutes | a day ago
Episode 95 Collin Delia
Episode 94 of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports features more than an hour with the man Woody dubs "The Most Interesting Goalie in the World," Collin Delia of the Chicago Blackhawks.In that feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Delia, who looks to take on an increased role in Chicago this season with the departure of Corey Crawford, was a fascinating and open interview with a decidedly laid back feel that we all enjoyed. You'll learn a bit about his life as a new father, starting hockey as a roller hockey goalie in California, living, his Swiss coaching roots, and training in Chicago now and getting outside your comfort zone. You'll also hear about life inside the NHL bubble as a black ace where he had to take control of his own training - a good lesson for all goaltenders. Of course if you love gear, you'll enjoy all the chat about modifying his gear to dial it in and even fix it himself. While it doesn't come up in the interview, we wonder if perhaps that led to Delia and his partner starting the Portiere Leather Company.All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh and fun video gear segment as Woody and Cam complete their Two Men in Chests mini-series looking at the Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro Carbon Senior Chest & Arm Protector, with some adjustability features we loved, plus added protection with that same Vaughn mobility goalies love.
100 minutes | 10 days ago
Episode 94 with Elvis Merzļikins
Episode 94 of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports features a nearly hour-long interview with charismatic young Columbus Blue Jackets star Elvis Merzlikins. Merzlikins was an open book in our feature interview, which is presented by Sense Arena, talking honestly about the mental toll of a slow start to his remarkable rookie season, which started without a win until Dec. 29 but finished with a 12-2-0 run that included five shutouts and a .953 save percentage. Back on the ice in Switzerland for the first time since a groin injury ended his NHL playoffs prematurely on Aug. 7, Merzļikins was engaging on a variety of topics, from working out hard enough to throw up, to his mental approach and how it was tested, to the goalie coaches and lessons that have shaped his game.All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at the Brian's Optik2 chest protector, with a noticeably bigger profile that its predecessor and an adjustable neck line that is one of the better innovations we've seen in a while. Of course, as many have learned the past few weeks, we’re now also sharing a video version of our gear segments at The Hockey Shop — think of it as a simulcast like TV and radio broadcasts of an NHL game — to bring you behind the scenes at Goalie Utopia and add visual elements highlighting new features. You can watch this week’s review at InGoalMag.com
91 minutes | 15 days ago
Episode 93 with Kelly Hrudey of Hockey Night in Canada
Episode 93 of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports is a treat for every goaltending generation as we spend an hour with 15-year NHL veteran and current Hockey Night in Canada analyst Kelly Hrudey. In that feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Hrudey shares stories from a career that almost ended as a teenager, including lessons from legendary New York Islanders Billy Smith and Al Arbour, a funny story about his status as the paddle-down pioneer, why he really held his glove so high, and the importance of style, including some of the earliest customized pad designs, that iconic "Hollywood" mask with the Los Angeles Kings, and his real nickname. Hrudey also talks about his relationship with Wayne Gretzky, how motivational speaker Tony Robbins saved his career, and his role now helping others with mental health. All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at two Warrior chest protector models. Of course, as many already know, we’re now also sharing a video version of our gear segments at The Hockey Shop — think of it as a simulcast like TV and radio broadcasts of an NHL game — to bring you behind the scenes at Goalie Utopia and add visual elements highlighting new features of each piece. You can watch this week’s review below:
79 minutes | 21 days ago
InGoal Radio Episode 92 LA Kings Prospect Matt Villata
Episode 92 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, is live and loaded with great position-specific take aways from Los Angeles Kings goalie Matt Villalta, who is already skating in California with Jonathan Quick, Bill Ranford and AHL goalie coach Matt Millar.In that feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Villalta shares lessons from his time on the ice with the two-time Stanley Cup winner, including some specific details from Quick that he's working to add to his own game. Coming off his first-year pro, Villalta is open and insightful about the evolution of his own game, all the various tools he's used to keep improving during a now 8-month break between games, including Sense Arena and a few other tools already featured at InGoal, and how something as simple as what you choose to put on your mask can help create the mindset necessary to succeed as a pro. All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at the new CCM AXIS chest protector, which adds some new layers of protection to their already popular Premier models. Of course, as some of you may know, we're now also sharing a video version of our gear segments at The Hockey Shop -- think of it as a simulcast like TV and radio broadcasts of an NHL game -- to bring you behind the scenes at Goalie Utopia and add visual elements highlighting new features of each piece. You can watch this week’s review at InGoalMag.com
136 minutes | a month ago
Episode 91 Antoine Bibeau and Sense Arena VR Goaltending
To say Episode 91 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, is packed would be like saying Dominik Hasek was decent at stopping pucks. This thing is LOADED with goalie greatness: From industry standard-setting mask makers and painters Greg Harrison and David Gunnarsson discussing the ties between Halloween, horror movies, goalie masks and Jacques Plante; to the inventor of Sense Arena, a ground-breaking new virtual reality goalie training program already being adopted by NHL teams and their tendys, to an informative, insightful, and at-times emotional interview with new Carolina Hurricanes free agent addition Antoine Bibeau. In our feature interview presented by Sense Arena, Bibeau, who was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, talks about falling for the position cheering Patrick Roy in Colorado and, after getting a call from none other than Roy's former teammate, Joe Sakic, this season to tell him the Avalanche had traded for him, what it was like to get to put on the same uniform. He shares numerous insights on his path to pro, invaluable lessons on the mental and physical game along the way, his own thoughts on Sense Arena, and the emotion of winning his first start with the Avs only to need season-ending hip surgery a short while later — and what the comeback since has been like.All that, plus another trip to The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at the new Bauer UltraSonic chest protector, which brings their innovative approach from the game-changing pads to goalie arms.
88 minutes | a month ago
Episode 90 with Cam Talbot and CCM AXIS Masks
Episode 90 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by the Hockey Shop Source for Sports, features new Minnesota Wild goalie Cam Talbot talking about the stress of free agency and his unique late-blooming path to the NHL. Talbot shares the keys to that rise, which has been anchored by his work in a training center affectionately known as the Dungeon and his offseason coach Patrick Dipronio, and the lessons from playing with Henrik Lundqvist and being coached by Benoit Allaire with the New York Rangers, as well as some of the specific impacts of Dustin Schwartz with the Edmonton Oilers and Jordan Sigalet of the Calgary Flames. He also shares career-altering lessons from his time at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and how he returned that favour and helped save the NCAA hockey program earlier this summer. All that, plus a return trip to see another Cam — Matwiv — at The Hockey Shop for a fresh gear segment that looks at the new CCM AXIS mask, and what to make of those innovative new Fluid Inside pods that line the inside.
117 minutes | a month ago
InGoal Radio Episode 89 with Niklas Rubin and Troy Grosenick
In this week's episode, presented by the Hockey Shop Source for Sports, we chat about the recent free agency period, the goaltender the signings and their potential impact around the league.We also head (virtually) to Sweden to speak with goaltender Niklas Rubin of the storied Frölunda franchise — whose most famous alumnus goalie is none other than Henrik Lundqvist. We found Rubin, who was leading the Swedish Hockey League at the time of recording with three shutouts in four games for a 0.76 GAA and a .962 SV%, through a newspaper article detailing an unusual on-ice training method he has used since last summer. Beyond innovative training with his goaltending coach Kristoffer Martin we talk about Swedish Hockey, his own development and current game-day routines as well as an interesting look at mental fatigue and his use of breathing exercises in-game to remain sharp. We're sure you'll find a number of great ideas in this interview to bring to your game the next time you step on the ice.And in our second feature interview we catch up with seven-year veteran Troy Grosenick, who is coming off a .920 season in the AHL, to talk about what it’s like to be a part of this game of goaltending musical chairs after he signed with the Los Angeles Kings, and get some bonus input on the stress of life in the NHL playoff bubble with a baby on the way back home, how posture played a role in his steady rise over the past four seasons, and how this second offseason reminds him of youth hockey as he gets changed in parking lots loaded with NHL players.In the Gear Segment sponsored by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, Woody and Cam go through the entire line of Bauer Helmets looking at innovations for comfort and protection as well as choosing the right helmet for your game.
86 minutes | 2 months ago
InGoal Radio Episode 88 with Frantz Jean
Presented by the Hockey Shop Source for Sports, Frantz Jean is the Goaltending Coach of the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. We talk about his path to the NHL, becoming a coach despite never playing in the NHL, his mentors including a lengthy look at Francois Allaire and his impact on the game, and coaching a diverse group of goaltenders including Nabokov, Bishop, Roloson and now of course Vasilevskiy. Of course we also look at what makes Vasi great, how he sets himself apart from the rest, and why he may be the future of goaltending.
71 minutes | 2 months ago
InGoal Radio Episode 87 Sami Jo Small
Sami Jo Small is a 3-time Olympian, 5-time World Champion - where she was twice MVP, Co-Founder of the CWHL (Canadian Women's Hockey League) has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford - earned while balancing her time as a National Team goaltender AND a track and field scholarship athlete - and that is just scratching the surface for this decorated and accomplished athlete. Sami joined us this week, presented as always by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, to talk about her career and the book that documents her role on the Canadian Women’s National team for a decade - The Role I Played.In the gear segment Cam walks Woody through the Bauer Ultrasonic Gloves, including a number of features that make them stand out over previous generations.To purchase Sami Jo Small's book please visit your local retailer or on Amazon via these links:Amazon Canada link for The Role I PlayedAmazon USA link for The Role I Played
70 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 86 Connor Hellebuyck
Freshly minted Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck is our feature guest for Episode 86 of the InGoal Radio Podcast, presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports. Our exclusive interview with the Winnipeg Jets star was one of the first he’s done since winning the Vezina, and it’s loaded with fascinating stories about his unique path from ignored high school hockey graduate, to the top of the NHL.Hellebuyck talks about dedicating himself to the position later than most after also playing out until he was 13, and the role a particular set of pads played in that decision to finally just become a goalie. He shares a story about going to stick-and-puck to run drills with a friend to prepare himself for a NAHL camp invite he drove 12 hours to attend, and how that led to a relationship that helped pave his way to pro. He shares insight on his evolution in college, from barely playing to winning the first Mike Richter Award as the top NCAA goalie in just his second season, and his initial hesitation to turn pro after that. He is candid about the changes in his game since joining the Jets, including some early stubbornness and specific examples of post play and hand positioning that he ultimately needed to alter.It’s a fascinating interview with one of the game’s best, and should serve as both an inspiration and a reminder to young goalies everywhere that where you’re at with hockey in your early teens doesn’t necessarily have to dictate where you end up. We also head back to The Hockey Shop for our weekly visit with Cam Matwiv, and a detailed conversation about the Bauer Ultrasonic pads that have been incredibly popular with his staff and customers. Cam goes over the innovative new pads and their revolutionary Stabilislide Knee, and shares feedback about fit, flex and feel, as well as some of the custom options he’d recommend to other goalies.
85 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 85 Evgeni Nabokov
Episode 85 of the InGoal Radio Podcast kicks off with some very exciting news as we welcome back our presenting sponsor, The Hockey Shop Source for Sports, and catch up with good friend Cam Matwiv for the first of what will again be weekly visits to their slice of goalie heaven and a long list of new products we'll be reviewing in-depth, starting this week with CCM AXIS pads. Our feature guest this week is perfectly timed, as we welcome 14-year NHL veteran Evgeni Nabokov to the show just as Russian goaltenders set an NHL record with three of the four starters in the Conference Finals, and now two in the Stanley Cup Final after Anton Khudobin knocked off the only non-Russian No.1, Vegas starter Robin Lehner. Speaking of Khudobin, he once told us he didn't get formal goalie training until his teens, and it was none other than fellow Kazahkstan-born goalie Nabokov, so who better to talk to about the evolution of the position back in Russia? Nabokov, who is now the San Jose Sharks goaltending coach after a 14-year career spent largely with the Sharks, shares stories about how he came to the position through his father, a long-time pro, the strengths of the Russian system then and now, his path to the NHL, the influence of American coaching icon Warren Strelow, and his own philosophy about the best way to develop goalies. It's a fun half-our conversation loaded with take aways for goalies, goalie coaches and goalies parents alike.
62 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 84 Andrew Allen of the Seattle Kraken
This week’s feature interview for the InGoal Radio Podcast is with recently hired Seattle Kraken pro scout Andrew Allen, but Premium Members can hear the full interview with the former Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabre goaltending coach now. In addition to discussing his new role scouting goalies for the NHL’s newest franchise, Allen shares stories and advice from a career that started at a training camp with Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers and included five years in the American Hockey League and ECHL before a transition to coaching that started with Japan’s National Team. Allen touches on experiences and lessons from four seasons as the Blackhawks development coach, including the importance of not making goalies overly dependent on him, as well as from his time working with Carter Hutton, Robin Lehner and last weeks guest, Linus Ullmark, during four seasons with the Sabres. Perhaps best of all, Allen relates those lessons and his experiences and opinions on the ongoing evolution of a position he is so clearly passionate about — you can’t miss it in this interview — back to goalies of all ages and skill levels through his continued work at youth hockey levels and in private camps he runs through Goaltenders by Andrew Allen.
68 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 83 Linus Ullmark
As we work through the first round of the NHL playoffs and discuss the goaltending we have all enjoyed seeing thusfar, we are joined this week by an extended feature interview with Buffalo's Linus Ullmark. The Buffalo puckstopper joined us from his summer home in Sweden for an insightful and honest look at development, the state of Swedish goaltending, his own preparations for an uncertain season ahead, the new Bauer Ultrasonic gear he has just had on the ice fo the first time and more.
57 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 82 Martin Biron
In the latest episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast we catch up with 16-year NHL veteran turned broadcaster and coach, Martin Biron, for an always colourful and insightful look at the ongoing Stanley Cup Playoffs. We also delve into the evolution of the position from the perspective of a goalie who played with all-time greats like Dominik Hasek and Henrik Lundqvist, and work with a list of goaltending coaches that includes Francois Allaire, his brother Benoit Allaire, and Mitch Korn. Biron's answers about how each helped him — and his keys to feeling good to start a new season — may surprise a lot of you, and will be worth listening to for all of you. Biron also touches on the future of Lundqvist in New York, the performances he's enjoying the most in the NHL's return to play, and some of the other storylines around the playoffs, including the skate blade malfunction that Robin Lehner blamed on a four-year-old set of Trues, and a story about how long Biron wore the same set of skates (and the lengths he went to in order to keep the functioning)that frankly you have to hear to believe.
71 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 81 Kevin Weekes
Former NHL Goaltender and current broadcaster Kevin Weekes joins us to talk playoff goaltending as we look at the play-ins and round robin for the 2020 NHL playoffs.
80 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 80 Dylan Ferguson and Eli Wilson
Dylan Ferguson and Eli Wilson, who Ferguson has worked with in the summers for many years, join us from camp in Edmonton where they are training together to talk development and the road to the National Hockey League. Whether you are a young goaltender looking to take your next steps or a parent looking to support your son or daughter, there is a lot to take in from this nearly hour-long discussion. Ferguson, the Vegas Golden Knights Prospect, got the call of a lifetime while still playing in the WHL for the Kamloops Blazers - he was needed in New York where the Golden Knights were to take on the Rangers. That call up led to his NHL debut vs. Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers before he returned to finish his season in junior hockey. He talks to us about his road to pro, from Tier 3 Bantam to the best league in the world. Wilson has coached at all levels, including the NHL and has developed countless goaltenders for the top leagues in the world. This includes work with Carey Price in the summers, much of it documented at InGoal. Wilson is also the goaltending coach for the Tri City Americans of the WHL.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 79 Jason Labarbera
Jason LaBarbera joined Carter Hart as featured guests when the first WHL / Hockey Canada Goaltending Symposium presented by InGoal Magazine wrapped up with a two-part Hot Stove hosted by our own Daren Millard. We already included the exclusive half hour interview with Hart in last week's podcast, which was loaded with valuable insights from the impressive young Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, and now we are excited to share our 30-minute conversation with LaBarbera, who has transitioned to goalie coaching since ending his 16-season NHL career in 2016, working with the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL and helping Canada win gold at last year’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. LaBarbera worked with a lot of elite goaltending coaches during his playing days, including Bill Ranford with the Los Angeles Kings, Ian Clark with the Vancouver Canucks, Benoit Allaire with the New York Rangers, and Sean Burke with the Arizona (then Phoenix) Coyotes. The 40-year-old shared insights from both worlds, including lessons from his playing days, and how he’s learned to blend those coaches’ unique approaches with his own strengths now. Loaded with insights from off and on the ice, including his favorite drills, make sure you stay right to the end to hear how an errant stick toss after getting pulled in the ECHL led to a visit on the bench from local police, and played a direct role to his first call up to the NHL.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 78 Carter Hart
In the latest episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast, we caught up with Carter Hart just as he arrived back in Philadelphia well ahead of the Flyer training camp and as a featured hot stove guest at the first WHL / Hockey Canada Goaltending Symposium presented by InGoal Magazine wrapped up. InGoal Premium members may have already seen the video of this interview with Hart and our own Daren Millard, but then they’ll already know its worth hearing again as Hart talks about everything from his mindset and approach heading back onto the ice, some of his early focal points, experiences working with a variety of coaches over the years, and how some of them have shaped his game and his philosophy to multiple voices. Hart also talked about some of the technical elements he’s added to his game over the past year, and some other elements he’s experimented with before deciding it wasn’t for him. He talks about his toughest moment in youth hockey, and he overcame it, his experiences in the WHL and why the hardest part about making the jump to pro might have been learning to pay bills. Add in some of his off-ice and game preparation habits, and there’s something that every goalie, goalie coach and goalie parent can learn from this exclusive half hour with the young Flyers star.
66 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 77 Kim St Pierre
Recently named to the 2020 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Kim St. Pierre will be the first female goaltender inducted into the Hall. St. Pierre was our guest this week on the InGoal Radio Podcast, and today we bring that interview to our Premium Members ahead of its public release on the podcast. This interview has so many great takeaways for goaltenders; it will have something for everyone. It was without a doubt one of our favorites — and not just because she managed to “one more question” our Kevin Woodley! We’re glad she did because it was to make another important point in an interview filled with them. With a bit of everything from her incredible Hall of Fame career, there are lessons for goaltenders at all levels whether just starting out or playing, as St. Pierre did, at the highest levels of the game. Kim’s thoughts on mindset and how she learned to deal with the pressure of International Play resonate not just for elite goaltenders but are also framed for young goaltenders just starting out. Her approach to the game, preparation, and practice hold lessons for all of us. St. Pierre earned 3 Olympic Gold Medals, 5 World Championship gold and as a member of Team Canada set records with 15 shutouts and a remarkable .840 goals against average. We hope that you enjoy this interview as much as we did — and we look forward to the next opportunity to bring this Hall of Fame goaltender to the InGoal audience.
90 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 76 Jean-Philippe Lamoureux of Red Bull Salzburg
In the latest episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast we catch up with Jean-Philippe Lamoureux as he prepared to head back to Austria with his young family for another season Red Bull Salzburg and his 10th season playing in Austria’s top professional league, the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, where he is the reigning MVP after posting an eye-popping .946 save percentage last season. Lamoureux had immediate success in the ECHL and AHL after graduating from a standout career at the University of North Dakota in 2007-08, but left for Europe after just three seasons in North America and never looked back. The only thing better than the story about why he left, which involves his boyhood idol Ed Belfour relaying how an NHL GM who signed him would probably never give him a chance simply because he is 5-foot-10, is the journey that has followed and experiences that helped him get keep getting better. The oldest of six siblings in a hockey family that includes US Olympic stars and gold-medal winning twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique, Lamoureux shares some of his lessons along the way, including early experiences with current Canucks goalie coach Ian Clark (“If he’s gonna carve me, i’ll give him the knife”), how early lessons on positioning and the recent emergence of box control have helped him thrive as a smaller goalie, the importance of visualization and flow state to his mental preparations, and a lot more. Lamoureux also touches on the goalie-themed children’s book his wife Kellie wrote (and a defensemen-themed follow up), and why he gives up half of his short offseason back home in the United States to coach other young goalies through private lessons and camps at JPL Goaltending, including an annual stop in Vegas. Lamoureux may not be the biggest goalie or a name everyone knows, but this interview is loaded with lessons that every goalie can benefit from.
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