The Unmasked column is focused on a broader audience, however, and is often more focused on educating and enlightening non-goaltenders about some of the intricacies or rituals of the position. Add in a word count limit, and a lot of the finer position-specific details of extended interviews get left on the cutting room floor, so to speak.
With that in mind, InGoal Premium will try to bring our subscribers a little deeper into some of those conversations and details by publishing the extended conversations.
In the case of this week’s Unmasked column on how NHL goaltender’s use self-talk, we’ve actually already done that: The section on Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro changing up the messages inside the cuff of his blocker actually comes from a more detailed article looking at the specific meanings and goals behind each of the messages he’s used that ran in full on InGoal Premium almost three months ago.
As for other extended conversations that went into – and unpublished quotes from – the latest Unmasked column on self-talk, they seemed to fall into a couple categories: Some used it to stay focused, others to stay positive, and a few incorporated technical reminders and catchphrases they considered foundations of their style and success.
Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta fit the first two categories, talking to himself during games to try and stay positive after a goal or when things aren’t going as well as he’d like, which seemed like an almost surprising admission from a seven-year NHL veteran with a .921 save percentage this season. Raanta admitted to taking inspiration from his 3-year-old daughter and her obsession with the Disney movie “Frozen.”
“Now, it’s pretty funny when my daughter is watching ‘Frozen’ and she loves to sing ‘Let It Go’ and I think that’s a very good catchphrase also for goalies,” Raanta said. “Just let it go and focus on the next thing that happens.”
Raanta had a few other keys to self-talk that didn’t make the Unmasked column on NHL.com. So did Dubnyk, who fell into the latter category by incorporating technical and tactical elements into his self-talk.
Dubnyk delves into it a little in this teaser video below, but InGoal Premium subscribers can see the extended video, and hear more from Raanta and Dubnyk, who shares insights into specifics on positioning and depth management he discusses with himself, as well as the extended look at DiPietro’s various blocker messages. (Instructions on how to join Premium are below the video)