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Jaroslav Halak - InGoal Magazine - Ask a Pro feature


Jaro is the focus of this month's "Ask a Pro" feature for "InGoal Magazine" - the interview took place just prior to his return from a groin injury. Of course, the first couple of questions concerned how practises etc are worked out:

~ InGoal reader Gordon A Carr asks: How do you deal with coming back from injury?

Halak: "I think the biggest thing, the most important thing, is just to go back to basics: push and stop. And as you get comfortable doing that. Then you can speed it up and move faster. And when you are doing the little drills at the beginning, you want to do them right, you know, push off the post, stop, and then move to the next position. Especially coming back from injury and in the offseason, I think that’s the key for a goalie."

~ At what point do you add pucks and saves into the routine?

Halak: "There are always drills that do that, so many goalie drills, and you can just pick any and you can do the movements, the backdoor plays with ony two guys. You can do things like shots from the top of the circle, push from the post to that spot, make the save and then he makes a backdoor play. It’s always game situation if you treat it that way, but it’s always different from a regular practice with the guys and it’s different also practice shape to game shape."

Interesting stuff - you can read the full interview here and he also talks about trying to keep his focus during games where he doesn't see a lot of shots. They also have a detailed article about his new graphics and equipment which is here.

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