The Foundation for Goaltending Research & Education
The mission of The Foundation for Goaltending Research and Education is to educate goalies, parents, coaches and the hockey community on the physical and psychological development of ice hockey goaltenders, as well as conduct research on the health, safety and the environment factors that goalies experience. The Foundation for Goaltending Research and Education also pays tribute to former college, professional, Olympic goalies, goalie coaches and innovators of the position in the Goalie Hall through prominently displaying memorabilia.
Anybody who has played goalie recognizes both the physical and mental demands of the position as being a test of courage and devotion. Parents and coaches often ride the emotional roller-coaster of being invested in a goalies development and performance. Unlike a baseball pitcher who can dictate his actions, a goalie is a reactionary position; goalies are often left without a clear lane in which to see the puck and is at the mercy of last second variables such as tips, deflections and back door options.
In the hockey world, 9 out of 10 people have very little knowledge of either the technical or mental demands of the position. Unfortunately, a lot of the time it is these people who hold the fate of a goalie’s future. The Foundation for Goaltending Research and Education is an advocate for the goaltending community and a sanctuary for goaltenders. The athletes that have overcome the challenges of being a goalie and the people that have helped them to be successful should be recognized for overcoming this test of will and should serve as an inspiration and as role models for the next generation of goalies.
Research is conducted in the areas of goaltenders health, safety, practice and game environments. Because of the physical demands of the position and repetitive movements, research will be conducted to provide guidelines and suggestions for both on and off-ice training.