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Ty Conklin Starts His Next Career

We're at that point in the season where you've not only noticed some goalies aren't in the NHL,  but you also start looking around to see where they landed. Some are in Russia, some in Sweden, and for Ty Conklin--well, he's in Peoria, starting a new career as a goalie coach with the St Louis Blues AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

From Deve Eminian at the Peoria Journal Star


Ty Conklin took a long and traveled road through the NHL during his 11-year pro career.

Now the freshly-retired goaltender is in Peoria, hoping to help his Rivermen counterparts stay on the right path.

Conklin, 36, is making the transition from playing, to coaching. He called St. Louis Blues goaltending coach Corey Hirsch recently, and expressed an interest in exploring a coaching career.

So the Blues arranged for Conklin to spend the week working in Peoria with Rivermen goaltenders Mike McKenna and Paul Karpowich.

Conklin is no stranger to McKenna. The two are friends and spent many summers training together in Philadelphia.

“It’s so nice to have a second set of eyes watching you play, watching what you are doing,” McKenna said. “I can watch video tape and make adjustments, but it’s not the same as having someone there to talk to.

“Ty is a guy who was up and down several times between the AHL and NHL during his career before finally making it. He really had to work for everything.

“And there isn’t anything we go through down here, or face here, that he hasn’t gone through himself.”


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TreKronor's avatar

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t know that I consider Conklin to be someone with sound goalie principles and fundamentals who is worthy of teaching others.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/15/13 at 04:05 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

Conklin has had a long, solid career as a goaltender in the professional leagues.  He definately wasn’t the best out there, but basing his potential career in coaching on his mediocre NHL career is silly.  A good coach doesn’t have to have been a good player.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 02/15/13 at 04:38 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I’m not talking about whether or not I thought he was a “good player”.  I’m just saying I didn’t necessarily think he was the most textbook of goalies in regards to positioning, posture, etc. 

Regardless, I’m happy for the guy.  He did his part on each team he played for, and from what I’ve read he was an excellent teammate and a good person to have around.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/15/13 at 04:42 PM ET

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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies

23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.

On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.

I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.

We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.

It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!