• The Mike DiLorenzo Comeback Story: Part 3

    The Goalie Guild is proud to publish Part 3 of a four-part series documenting the current comeback story of former QMJHL and Central Hockey League goaltender Mike DiLorenzo. This series was written by The Goalie Guild founder Justin Goldman. All photos are published with the permission of the DiLorenzo family. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

     Part 3: From Pro to Joe Schmoe

    “Once again I’ve lost my way. Going nowhere fast, I dread the return.
    Spend my days in this self-made cage where my soul can dwell,

    and my loneliness is driven far too well. Too many years have passed,
    too much blood has been spilled. I realize it’s my destiny, my will. All and none
    of the answers I’ve found…alone I stand on hollow ground.” – The Haunted (2000)

    Bouncing back, fighting back, coming back; it’s all the same. You accept defeat, you lose confidence and you attempt an emotional revival as quickly as possible, all while knowing you could end up right back
    where you started.

    Such is the story that Mike continued to tell, over and over and over again.

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  • Sami’s Stance and Varly’s Finnish Influence

    I chuckled when Japer’s Rink chirped me on Twitter with his cute “TheVarlyGuild” nickname. It was totally warranted though, as I was clearly basking in the warm glow of the best goaltending talent I have ever seen at a Colorado Avalanche training camp (my first camp as a pro was in 2006).

    Thanks to yesterday’s camp, I was able to confirm a notion I had personally believed for two years - Varlamov has a visible Finnish influence in his game.

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  • Avs Training Camp: Varlamov’s Glove

    Day 2 of the Colorado Avalanche’s training camp included three more scrimmages, allowing me to once again watch Semyon Varlamov from up close. Instead of just taking notes, I shot a little video from a 45-degree angle in order to focus on his glove. Overall, his performance today reinforced what I also saw yesterday in terms of an improving glove hand.

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  • Avs Training Camp: Semyon Varlamov

    For the seventh straight year, the time has come for me to scout and evaluate goaltenders at the Colorado Avalanche’s NHL Training Camp. Below you will find an Audio Report on all five goalies on the ice today, plus photos and just a few of my thoughts on Semyon Varlamov.

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  • The Mike DiLorenzo Comeback Story: Part 2

    The Goalie Guild is proud to publish Part 2 of a four-part series documenting the current comeback story of former QMJHL and Central Hockey League goaltender Mike DiLorenzo. Parts 3 and 4 will be published over the next two weeks. This four-part series was written by Guild founder Justin Goldman. All photos are published with the permission of the DiLorenzo family.

    When teenagers decide to leave home and begin their junior hockey journey, many will feel like they’ve crossed a point of no return.

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  • Prospects Report: Sami Aittokallio

    I have been waiting since the day the Colorado Avalanche drafted Sami Aittokallio 107th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to scout him in a live setting. Unfortunately, the 19-year-old Tampere, FIN native did not attend any of last year’s camps. But today, on the first day of the Avalanche’s rookie camp, I finally got my wish.

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  • In The Cage: 12 Burning Questions

    For the 2011-12 season, The Goalie Guild founder Justin Goldman is an NHL.com fantasy hockey columnist. His weekly articles focus on the goaltenders and making good goalie decisions. Below is the intro to his latest article!

    At this point of the summer, predicting is part of the hockey lover’s human nature.

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