Random thoughts

Last night, I asked the question to some of the people at the rink if I was being to critical. The rink owner asked if I was talking about myself. What I meant was my team, but him asking that question entered my mind.

Am I too critical of myself?

Last night and into today I have thought about that. Lets look at the facts. I am a beginner/intermediate goaltender. Any shot that isn’t a deflection, redirection, odd man rush, or breakaway I feel I should stop all the time. If I don’t stop it, then I cast doubts on my ability after the game. Sometimes, during the games, I tend to get down on myself a little. However, I can also say I have done better at not doing that in the last year. I am succeeding in keeping myself in a positive mindset through the entire game. It doesn’t matter how many “bad” goals I give up. I emphasize the word “bad” because it is subjective. A bad goal to me may not necessarily be a bad goal to others. Staying positive is a main key to goaltending. Goaltending is mostly mental. If you believe you can stop the next shot or make the next save, you have half the battle won right there.

So to answer that question…yes, I guess I am a little to critical of myself. However, I feel that part of that drives me to do better.

3 Replies to “Random thoughts”

  1. dont feel bad at all…im waaaaaaaay too critical of myself when it comes to playin goal..i think all goaltenders are that way…lol.

  2. Ah yes! The key is to keep in a positive mindset and believe you are going to stop the next shot and make the next save. You put yourself in that mindset, then odds are you will make the save. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I thought it was a goalie’s nature to be critical of themselves ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t think anyone can be as hard on themselves as I am on myself. I’m getting better. Take last night, I got routed 9 – 2, I took almost 40 shots, and I cant count the number of 2-0 breakways I faced. I should feel like I belong in the dumpster..but when I think about it, the day after, I have to say that I think I played the best game I was capable of playing.

    I think it one of those things that makes up better, and something only a goalie could really understand. We take the losses harder than anyone

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