GHP 090: Compounding Your Experience Into A successful Career w/ Alex Westlund from the Washington Capitals

GHP 090: Compounding Your Experience Into A successful Career w/ Alex Westlund from the Washington Capitals

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s episode of the Goalie Hacks podcast, and today on the show i have another stellar guest lined up, former prep, college, and pro veteran standout , now turned NHL coaching veteran at the next level, and that gentleman is Alex Westlund.

We dive briefly into the important skills that kids should develop when making a smooth transition to Junior Hockey. Important skill that kids should start developing to be ready for the challenges of college hockey when they get there. The surprises or inspiring part of playing in the AHL compared to being in the ECHL. Important thing that contributed so much to his personal success where he won some personal accolades and stood out as the best in the league among the other goaltenders. Some important characteristics that separate championship goaltenders from everyone else typically that make them championship goaltenders that teams want to sign. The most important and common characteristics that goalies who typically find success in the NHL and AHL right away poses.

Show Highlights

  • Dive into some of the challenges a lot of Goalies are facing due to Covid & overcoming them.
  • A brief about his background and stories and how we got to where he is today.
  • The struggles or the hardest part about transitioning to Prep Hockey initially.
  • The important skills that kids should develop when making a smooth transition to Junior Hockey.
  • Initial struggles faced when trying to transition to Division College Hockey.
  • Important skill that kids should start developing to be ready for the challenges of college hockey when they get there.
  • The biggest adjustments made which contributed so much to the personal success in those final 2 seasons.
  • The hardest part and struggles about transitioning to Pro Hockey from college initially.
  • The surprises or inspiring part of playing in the AHL compared to being in the ECHL.
  • Important thing that contributed so much to his personal success where he won some personal accolades and stood out as the best in the league among the other goaltenders.
  • Some important characteristics that separate championship goaltenders from everyone else typically that make them championship goaltenders that teams want to sign.
  • Big misconception among amateur goaltenders and minor league parents that they should have more clarity on.
  • The biggest adversity ever faced while playing & overcoming them.
  • The specific 3 to 4 pillars that surrounds the goaltending and playing philosophy.
  • The most important and common characteristics that goalies who typically find success in the NHL and AHL right away poses.
  • The initial struggles for goalies that typically have a hard time transitioning to the AHL and NHL level.
  • Biggest two hacks – either on or off ice that helps goalies find success much quicker.

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