GHP 075: The Game is 90% Mental & The Rest Is In Your Head w/ BIG10 Champ Karel Popper from the University of Minnesota

GHP 075: The Game is 90% Mental & The Rest Is In Your Head w/ BIG10 Champ Karel Popper from the University of Minnesota

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Goalie Hacks Podcast, I’m pumped to be joined today by another awesome coach at the next level, recently coaching Jack LaFontaine to the Mike Richter award win in the 2021 season, and that coach is Karel Popper.

We discuss about biggest transition made to be able to compete at the Junior Level. Biggest adversity faced in career and overcoming it. Specific three to four pillars Goaltending is surrounded on and their importance. Working with Jack and getting him to the level of being the best in Division 1 College Hockey. Best advice to kids that will help them understand the grit required to win awards, accolades and championships. Most important and common characteristics of Goalies who typically find success quickly.

Show Highlights

  • Initial struggles faced while making the transition to Junior Hockey.
  • Biggest transition made to be able to compete at the Junior Level.
  • Skills kids should be working on that will help them face the challenges that lie ahead of them.
  • Biggest adversity faced in career and overcoming it.
  • Specific three to four pillars Goaltending is surrounded on and their importance.
  • Strengths and weaknesses of Jack LaFontine.
  • Working with Jack and getting him to the level of being the best in Division 1 College Hockey.
  • Advice to Goaltenders to handle gametime and performance anxiety in big games.
  • Areas where kids typically struggle the most.
  • Advice to kids who have a hard time transitioning to college level.
  • Best advice to kids that will help them understand the grit required to win awards, accolades and championships.
  • Most important and common characteristics of Goalies who typically find success quickly.
  • Two best hacks on or off ice drills that typically help Goalies find success.

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