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The Oracle of Ice Hockey
03-11-2014, 07:52 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Pretty long article on the evolution of goalie coaching in hockey, but very interesting I thought.

Canadian hockey fan goes to Finland to find out how a 70-year-old Finnish goalie coach is transforming a global sport

Until recently, aside from a handful of Americans and Europeans, National Hockey League goalies were overwhelmingly Canadian. But at the turn of the millennium, the Finns began to arrive. In 2002, Pasi Nurminen secured a starting role in Atlanta. The next season, Miikka Kiprusoff led Calgary to the league-championship finals. And then it was as though a dam broke: Vesa Toskala, Kari Lehtonen, Niklas Bäckström, Pekka Rinne, Tuukka Rask. Before 2002, no Finnish goaltender had ever locked down a starting role in the NHL. Suddenly, a country with a population of just more than 5 million people was producing one-sixth of the league’s starting goalies, most of them true blue chips.

03-11-2014, 08:08 PM #2
yankees skier
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Very cool !

03-11-2014, 11:11 PM #3
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
hi5.gif there's something worth being best at beercheer.gif
03-11-2014, 11:56 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,277 Threads:1,556 Joined:Feb 2011
Absolutely beercheer.gif
03-16-2014, 02:23 AM #5
whaler Double Smoked Timbit
Posts:469 Threads:35 Joined:Dec 2012
here is the reason chuckle.gif this is the Finnish goalie coach
03-16-2014, 02:53 AM #6
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:41,277 Threads:1,556 Joined:Feb 2011
Getting drunk and falling over is a favorite pastime over here. drunk.gif
03-16-2014, 03:10 AM #7
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
chuckle.gif Kiwis can have their grab the grass drunks, Finns grab the tarmac drunk.gif



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