Month: March 2013


Most coaches have a rating system to evaluate their players’ performance for each game. For example, Jacques Martin uses a 1-5 scale, Mike Keenan would uses a scale of 0-1-2. Some use letters.  Whatever the scale or the system used, coaches use it to keep a record of each player’s performance. By doing this, a coach can track the evolution or the consistency of the players.      

The same holds true for goalies. As a goalie coach I take it one step further. I rate the QUALITY OF GOALS SCORED AGAINST. It’s a very effective tool to motivate, teach and assess the the degree of responsibility for the goalie, especially if a team gives up too many goals. 

Here is how it works:   

We rate each goal 0, 1 or 2. I say “we” because the goalie and I rate each goal together. Goalies are pretty honest about it and are often more severe than I am on their own rating. Video, of course can be used effectively for this purpose.   


  1. If the goalie had absolutely no chance, the goal is rated a “0”. It’s a GOOD GOAL! We don’t spend time analyzing a good goal but we do CELEBRATE IT because that’s the what we try to achieve.
  2. When the goalie is solely responsible for the puck entering the net he receives a “2”. It’s a BAD GOAL!  It’s important to look for patterns of bad goals and they must be eliminated.  
  3. Anything in between a GOOD GOAL AND A BAD GOAL is given a “1”. It’s an ERROR. This is the chance to teach or make corrections.That can be done with related drills, video sessions and constant reminders.  The goalie has to know what mistake he made and what he needs to do the next time this situation comes up.   

I keep track of the goals against and their ratings all year-longThe average per game should be 2 or below.  The quality of the goals against usually coincides with wins and losses. GOOD GOALS produce more wins, that’s why we celebrate them.   

Goalies generally take on this challenge very positively. It gives a positive edge to a negative situation which is a goal against. If a goalie gives 5 or 6 goals and gets only two points in the rating, we can focus on the quality rather than the number of goals and give it a positive spin. If the rating is high, then the goalie takes responsibility, “we” identify the errors and take the steps necessary to correct them.    

This rating system celebrates good goals, helps cut down bad goals and identifies areas to work on with the goalie.    




Goal Scored