Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/28/09 at 06:54 AM ET
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
The new goaltending consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs says he was never a goaltender. Back when he played hockey, Francois Allaire says the position did not really exist.
Sure, there were players who wore pads strapped to their legs and wore a blocker in one hand and a catching glove on the other. Yes, their objective was to stop shots. But compared to the modern-day goaltender, Allaire and his brethren were as disadvantaged as a forward trying to score with one hand on his stick.
There was no instruction. There was no technique. And the only things that coaches seemed to care about was that the puck stayed out of the net and that the goaltender stayed off his butt.
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