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Over the past four games, Delia has proven what most people believed, that not only was he a more-than-capable backup for Rasmus Tirronen, but he’s a starting goaltender at the collegiate level.
Delia stopped 23 of the 24 shots he faced on Saturday and all 28 shots he faced on Friday, posting a .981 save percentage on the weekend.
Delia flashed the glove on a shot that came from the left side in the final minute of the game. Right after back-to-back timeouts, Clarkson won a draw and was able to snap a wrister on goal that Delia snatched with his glove and held for another whistle.
Canadian goaltending has taken some bashing in recent years, but Hockey Canada is in the process of doing something about it.
A new template for goaltending training in minor hockey is about to be implemented, and young netminders should begin to see some changes by next season, said Pasco Valana, who is working as an adviser to Hockey Canada on its goaltending certification program and is owner of Vancouver-based Elite Goalies hockey academy.
Said Valana: “Corey McNabb (Sr Manager of Player and Coach development for Hockey Canada) has been working tirelessly to create a program that has goaltending coaches from across the country coming together to look at what makes up a successful Canadian goaltender and where we are lacking compared to Sweden and Finland — who have very good systems in place.”
Part of the process has been visits to Sweden, which revamped its goaltender training in 2002, and Finland — which started the goaltending renaissance the previous decade. Former NHL goalies Corey Hirsch and Rick Wamsley — members of the Hockey Canada advisory board — just returned from a trip to the Nordic countries.
Sweden and Finland are known for their emphasis on making dedicated goaltending instruction available at the youngest ages in minor hockey, and teaching a consistent set of skills throughout the age groups.
In Canada, it’s more of a challenge due to the size of the country, the much larger numbers playing minor hockey and that the sport is mostly based in individual associations rather than club teams, as in Europe. Many aspiring young goalies are forced to pay for private instruction outside the framework of their team.
Valana said the Hockey Canada initiative will phase in more goaltending-specific coaching through a three-level approach.
One will involve more head coaches having the knowledge to instruct goalies, as well as forwards and defencemen.
“The goal is to have all the coaches who are coaching those minor hockey teams have the ability to not only teach a forward or a defenceman how to pass, but also to teach a goaltender how to play the puck,” said Valana.
Another initiative is to educate parent volunteers so they can become dedicated goaltending coaches.
“Anyone who’s interested, a mom or a dad who wants to learn how to teach goaltending, we’ll show them some of those techniques, so the road to those habits doesn’t have to be broken up and re-paved as we go along,” said Valana.
As well, private goaltending schools will be consulted so they understand the details of the teaching template.
“We’re not going to go and tell the local goaltending schools they are doing it wrong,” said Valana. “It’s more like: Here are the tools recognized by a lot of our peers across the country, and in places like Sweden and Finland, as what needs to get taught and mastered at each stage.”
The goaltending instruction community in Canada used to be secretive, but now it’s having to become more collaborative, said Vancouver goaltending instructor Sean Murray, who owns and operates Vancouver-area ProFormance Goalie School.
“We were humbled,” he said. “Everyone in Canada had this big ego. Everyone used to hide their stuff, it was a big secret. Now everyone shares. We have group discussions on how to help each other. Everyone realized to a man that our system is flawed. When you find that, as any good coach, you work to change it. In Europe, everyone works together.”
Valana said Canada’s interest has been welcomed by the Swedes and Finns.
“In Europe they are not afraid to share, because they know we all get smarter and better rounded and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish in Canada,” he said.
Valana said he sees the transition won’t happen overnight and sees it taking fie to 10 years to fully implement.
“We want to make goaltending less complicated and easier to understand and tangible,” he said. “I see us moving closer and closer to the model that Finland and Sweden have, but it’s going to take time.”
FIVE SHUTOUTS IN SEVEN GAMES
Cornell attempted to turn up the heat on Quinnipiac netminder Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minnesota) in the second and third periods but Laden continued to own the crease. Laden finished the game strong, including a barrage in the second period when she hugged the right side of the post and denied two shots from the right slot. Chelsea Laden is leading the nation in all goalie statistical categories with her fifth shutout in her seven wins so far this season, an impressive .29 Goals against average and a .974 save percentage .
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