Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/17/13 at 03:02 PM ET
from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,
Keith Yandle playing goaltender for the Phoenix Coyotes? No, one of the game’s top two-way defenceman won’t be tending the twine in Arizona. But there was a time when the blueliner did turn away his fair share of slapshots.
During his days growing up in Massachusetts, Yandle had his sights set on the goaltending position when he first started playing minor hockey.
He ultimately got his wish, albeit not a full-time role between the pipes. In fact, it was not an uncommon sight to see Yandle split each game between defence and goalie.
“My dad and the other coach, I remember them having to rip off my goalie pads and put on shin pads really quick,” recalled Yandle, who also excelled at several other sports, including baseball, football and lacrosse. “I enjoyed playing both positions. It was just a little hectic trying to do both.”
The high cost of goalie equipment, accompanied by Yandle’s strong play on the blueline, eventually led to him to settle on playing defence.
He has no regrets, especially after a recent attempt to relive his youth.
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