GHP 044: What It Takes To Break Into The NHL w/ Peter Budaj

GHP 044: What It Takes To Break Into The NHL w/ Peter Budaj

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In this week’s episode we are joined by a long time NHL veteran, with over 600 professional games played, and the founder of Budaj Blockers Academy, Peter Budaj.

We dive deep into most important skill goalies should be working on to make the transition to Junior Hockey as smoothly as possible. Struggles faced while transitioning from Junior to Pro Hockey. Hardest part transitioning into NHL. Unbox the personal success in AHL. Introspect on the biggest takeaway from playing in NHL and International IIHF play and lastly we discuss on two biggest hacks for an on-ice drill that helps get that edge over the competition and stay ahead of everyone.

Show Highlights

  • Differences in the style of hockey played in Slovakia and here in Ontario, Canada.
  • Hardest part in terms of quality of game while making the shift to major Junior level.
  • Most important skill goalies should be working on to make the transition to Junior Hockey as smoothly as possible.
  • Changes made that aided in garnering success in the final year of junior hockey.
  • Biggest learning that helped having a successful tenure in the league.
  • Struggles faced while transitioning from Junior to Pro Hockey.
  • Skill kids should start working on to make it easy for them while making the move.
  • Hardest part transitioning into NHL.
  • Secret behind playing at NHL level and tasting success there.
  • Skills kids are to focus on to be able to play in the NHL level.
  • Most common underlying theme or characteristic of goalies that assists in finding success and long careers in NHL.
  • Unbox the personal success in AHL.
  • Advice to youngsters looking to break the roof and win themselves championships and accolades.
  • Introspect on the biggest takeaway from playing in NHL and International IIHF play.
  • Dive into routines on and off the ice, mental routines to help avoid game-time and performance anxiety.
  • Anchor techniques used to help focus.
  • Mentally and physically accept, figure out mistakes and moving on post-game.
  • Two biggest hacks for an on-ice drill that helps get that edge over the competition and stay ahead of everyone.
  • Biggest adversity faced in career and overcoming it.

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