Skating out has its advantages….and disadvantages

Everytime I skate out as a forward, I get a better idea of what the players go through. Sure, my experience as a goaltender has been a good one, but it is rare that you get a good idea of how people think out there with you. I am having a hard time trying to determine where the puck is going to go. I spent the first half of the game just skating around trying to catch the puck. The second half was better for me, but I still spent a majority of time trying to get the puck. I have a lot to learn when it comes to anticipating the pass or the shot on goal if I am going to stand in front of the net.

Speaking of the shot…when I get hit by a shot as a goalie, I have no fear. As a skater, I have been clocked a few times and man does it hurt. My right elbow hurts like hell after I took a puck there. My right upper leg is bruised like you wouldn’t believe from another shot. I keep knocking on wood that I haven’t been hurt yet for an extended period of time. Now I just hope I can make it through the season without getting clocked and out for an extended period of time.

At least I have the next few days off to heal. My next game is next week Monday. Gives me plenty of time to rest and recoup.

3 Replies to “Skating out has its advantages….and disadvantages”

  1. Tried skating out. The captain of the last team I attempted that with asked me not to come back.

    All the motivation I needed to buy goalie gear and work on my skating.

    No one will ever see me attempt to skate out again, althought I have done it at goalie camp, with full goalie gear. It was a blast

  2. Your captain was a little….straightforward to say the least. I am skating out in the beginner division and having fun doing it. It is going to take me a lot of time to get better at it. I remember playing goal around 5 years ago for the first time. I couldn’t skate, and I never played before. It took me almost a year before I got skating down and playing down. It was so much fun to play though, and I immersed myself in it. That is why I think I got a lot better as time went on. When you immerse yourself in something, you are going to get better if you have a passion to get better.

    Anyway, the key is if you want to skate out and get better, then do so. Start at drop in hockey and work your way there. It is not an easy road, but you can do it. 🙂

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