Role of Goalie Coaches Grows

August 11th, 2010 by Mike Stainkamp Leave a reply »
The relationship between a goaltender and a goalie coach is more than just about finding ways to stop the puck. The off-ice part of the relationship is every bit as important as what happens on the ice.

"I think it's really important you have a good relationship so you can talk about everything," Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne told "Sometimes it's not always about hockey. If something is on your mind, it's a good thing if you can talk about it with your goalie coach."

New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro has plenty of experience dealing with goalie coach Mike Dunham—mainly because they played together in Dunham's final NHL season as a player in 2006-07.

"We have a great relationship," DiPietro said. "He knows my game, having played with me before he retired. It's always nice to have that extra set of eyes."

DiPietro considers Dunham a good friend and said it's nice to have someone in your corner throughout the season.

"It's huge. Especially with someone who has had the opportunity to play in the NHL," he said. "He knows the ups and downs and how hard it can be sometimes. It's nice to have a s ...

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