Best Hockey Goalie Jock | Finding The Best Nut Cup for Goalies
When it comes to protecting a goalie, arguably the most important piece of protective equipment is the jock. Finding the best goalie jock can be a bit tricky, however, depending on your style / level of play.
Overall, in coming up with the overall most protective goalie nut cup — to truly test the jock you’d have to sit in front of a pretty hard slap shot and I’m just not willing to do that.
So, with that in mind, like injury recovery the best form of rehab is prehab. Do your research before purchasing a jock and buy something that tends to be a bit more on the protective side and you’ll be just fine.
These are the best goalie jocks on the market.
Related: Finding the right youth goalie jock
In order to set the tone for this article, I present to you a photo of Brian Elliot’s busted up piece. Do we have your attention?
#goaliesacrifice #goalieproblems#igot99problems#highpitchvoice#ballsofsteal#XLcup pic.
— Brian Elliott (@KidElls1) November 21, 2014
If you’re going to invest in two pieces of equipment, invest in a jock / jill and the best goalie helmet you can afford. Let’s get into some of the most protective nut cups on the market. Also, worth noting, for each option here, we’ll include the appropriate goalie jill. A goalie jill is a groin protector for women. The difference between a jock and a jill is substantial, with a jill being much thinner in terms of width.
Can goalies wear a jill instead of a jock?
Because of the differences in anatomy between men and women, it’s recommended that men wear a jock while lady goalies wear a jill.
The Warrior X3 is the latest iteration of what was previously the most protective goalie jock on the market, the Warrior X2. While you can still buy the X2 at places like Pure Goalie and Goalie Monkey, the X3 is the latest variation of this product.
Without a doubt, the Warrior Ritual X3 Pro goalie jock is one of the very best available to the general public. Ladies, Warrior does make an X3 Jill as well.
Previous Warrior Goalie Jock Models
- Warrior Ritual X
- Warrior X2
- Warrior X3
This system is not only incredibly protective, it’s equally as comfortable (Out of the package this jock looks like a cooking pan, it’s huge).
Looking for a cheaper jock?
The Warrior X3 E is the step down from the Warrior X3 Pro unit. Having trained goalies at a high level for the past decade plus, honestly, I don’t recommend buying a cheaper jock strap if you play between the pipes. The last thing you want is to take a slap shot to the groin and actually feel it.
Available at Goalie Monkey and Pure Hockey, an added bonus of this system is the capability to add your own cup inside. Some users have added a custom kevlar cup for bonus points (I haven’t, just kept the stock unit).Warrior X3 Goalie Jock
Warrior has for years made one of the most protective goalie jocks on the market. The Warrior X3 is the latest iteration of a highly protective, mobile product designed to withstand NHL level shots to the.. yeah.
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Bauer Pro Jock
In the world of the goalie jock, Bauer is not known for a high end product. To clarify, they have not been known for a high end product. This was in previous years. The Bauer Pro Jock is one of the most protective goalie jocks Bauer has ever made, offering double cup protection and a highly mobile wear ability.
The two biggest advantages of the Bauer Pro Jock
- Double cup, NHL level protection
- Highly mobile
Comparing the Bauer Pro jock to the Warrior X3 Pro, the Bauer Pro is going to feel a lot smaller, thus more mobile. In fact, there have been a number of pros to switch out of the X3 Pro into the Bauer Pro, something a little smaller.
If there is a downside to the Warrior X3 or Vaughn jocks, it’s mobility. Those jocks are built like tanks and as a result, they’re a little less mobile than the Bauer model. If you want similar protection and increased mobility, get the Bauer Pro.
If you’re ok with feeling a bit less mobile to start, the X3 is the most protective goalie jock money can buy.
Ladies, buy the Bauer Pro Jill at Pure Goalie.Bauer Pro Jock
The Bauer Pro jock is one of the top jocks ever manufactured by Bauer. Featuring double cup protection and a slim, yet highly protective profile, this jock is built for NHL level shots. Dare we say.. sack up?Check Price on Pure Goalie Buy at Goalie Monkey
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I’ll undoubtedly take flack for ranking this jock system as number two on this list, but the truth is I haven’t used the cup. When I mentioned earlier that in order to truly test the cup against a shot, I’m not interested in sitting in front of pucks on purpose.
The two biggest pros of this system are A) the true double cup setup and B) the unit claims to offer a thicker molded main cup for bonus protection. Anything helps.
The largest difference between the Warrior unit and the Vaughn is going to be frontal protection. On the Warrior, the molded foam over the front of the entire system offers bonus coverage on those shots and don’t directly hit the cup area. Personally, I think this is a great benefit as I go with a “tuck” style on my chest protector and this area can get a bit open.
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Brian’s GNETIK Cup Hard to get your hands on (at the time of writing, this cup was out of stock everywhere I checked), the Brian’s Double Cup would be the base model of any double cup on the market.
Known for the actual goalie pads themselves, Brian’s doesn’t put a ton into things like cups and sticks. With that being said, this jock still offers a double cup setup for those who play more confidently with two cups vs. one.
As with all goalie jocks, the B-Star GNETIK cup does offer an adjustable waistband. Personally, I’d like to see a little more protection around the sides and above the cup, but to be fair goalies have gotten away with systems like this for years. I would be willing to be that the majority of NHL goalies actually wear a setup similar to this with a beefed up (kevlar, or something similar) interior cup.
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Related: Best Goalie Masks For Protection
Now, take this with a grain of salt. If you’re playing 55+ senior league, chances are you’re not out buying the most expensive jock you can find.
Use your own judgement here, as it’s not everyday you’ll wear a shot down there (knock on wood), but many goalies get away with a cheaper, single cup for their entire career. With that same thing being said, it only takes one to go out and buy the Sherman Tank of goalie jocks.
Most protective budget jocks for goalies.
Personally, I really like the Supreme / Vapor line from Bauer. I’ve used their Reactor cup for a number of years (before upgrading to the Warrior unit) with great success. They’re comfortable and they get the job done. Plus, these jocks tend to be around $50 or so cheaper than double cup setups.Bauer Supreme The Bauer Supreme Cup is a slight upgrade from the base model cups they’ve offered in the past. This cup still offers excellent protection for the recreational goalie. As I mentioned above, I’ve personally used the Reactor / Supreme / Vapor series of cup for awhile and I loved the fit.
This cup is incredibly comfortable, doesn’t shift around and holds it’s place quite well. A great bonus is the added protection above the cup, which fits quite well when used with the chest protector “tuck” system.
You can buy a Vapor / Reactor or a Supreme and the cup is essentially, if not exactly, the same thing.
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CCM 500 Series With nearly all of the same features (it’s a jock, what more do you need, right?) as the Bauer line of base model single cup setups, the CCM 500 Series is a molded cup system that allows the goalie to interchange the cup with something of their choice (or, add a second, smaller cup).
Actually, I do know of a few goalies currently playing at a high level of junior / college who wear this jock. I haven’t dived into the details of whether or not they’re using a kevlar cup inside, or some other type of protection — but if it works for them it should work for you.
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Related: Best Goalie Skates
Ultimately, finding the best goalie jock comes down to your level of play
Spending time worrying about a hard shot where it counts will only negatively affect your play between the pipes.
Find a cup that suits your level of play (mainly, the level of shot) and go with it without worrying about it.
If a shot happens and it hurts, which, it’s going to hurt — upgrade. Focusing on injury will only increase your odds and decrease your level of play, it’s just not worth it.
Must Read: all hockey goalie equipment reviews (by brand)
During your search, keep a couple of things in mind.
First, mobility. When it comes to protecting this critical area, the more protection you opt for, in theory the less mobility you’ll have.
Though, that wasn’t necessarily the case with the Warrior Ritual X2 Pro cup I tried. In years past, and even still, going for more protection down there can lead to a little less mobility.
Second, yet one of the most important factors in finding the most protective jock that will fit your level of play and playing style is fit. In the case of goalie helmets (and most other pieces of goalie equipment), I’ll take lower quality equipment over expensive gear that doesn’t fit right 10 times out of 10.
Quick note on the above comment, I won’t wear Jim Craig’s 1980 leg pads just because they fit well. Within reason, well fitting equipment will outperform great equipment that doesn’t fit at all.
Double Cup Protection: the best kind of hockey goalie jock
It goes without saying that two is generally always going to be better than one.
Many NHL goalies wear double cups, actually, without an official poll I’d be willing to bet that all NHL goalies wear double cups. You can’t tell me you’d sit in front of a Shea Weber slapper wearing one thin shield down there. Some NHL goalies (Dubnyk) actually wear three cups.
Now, not everything the pros have is available to the public. For the cups here, we’re going off of readers and personal opinion, so please make your own full judgement before purchasing.
Best Youth Goalie Jocks | Goalie Coaches
Youth goalie jocks are one of the easiest pieces of equipment to buy.
Are jocks necessary for youth goalies? Absolutely. Not only does properly equipping your goalie prevent them from accidental injury, it also gets them used to wearing the right sized equipment down the road.
Believe it or not, many goalies wear gear that is improperly sized (too small) and down the road, it leads to injuries because they’re not used to playing with larger gear. Buy the goalie jock from the start so your goalie is used to it when it truly matters. Youth goalie jocks are way smaller than appropriately sized adult cups, so make sure you’re buying a youth or a junior jock.
These are the best youth goalie jocks this year.
Only three jocks? We’re not in the business of giving recommendations that we do not stand behind. The three cups here will work for any youth goalie. If they move out of any of these three, just get the next size up. Honestly, the Ritual X2 is the cup you should be buying.
Or, if the the Ritual X is still available at either Pure Goalie or Goalie Monkey, scoop it up as it’s virtually the same cup as the X2.
Warrior Ritual X2Similar to the top adult cups, Warrior reigns supreme at the youth level as well. The Ritual X and the Ritual X2 are the two most protective youth jocks available.
I love that Warrior puts just as much into their youth gear as they do their pro level stuff. They’ve got a great brand strategy, not spending money on marketing in the NHL, but rather focusing on building out their niche with amateur goalies first. They make a tremendous product and the X2 is no exception.
Buy the Warrior Ritual X2 at Pure Goalie or Goalie Monkey.Warrior Ritual X
The Warrior Ritual X is the cup released by Warrior prior to the X2. If you’re looking for excellent protection at a discounted price, I would pick up one of these while they’re still available.
Buy the Warrior Ritual X at Goalie Monkey.Vaughn VE8
The VE8 is a great cup and Vaughn is one of the only other brands in this space I would recommend. Bauer makes suitable cups, but they’re not focused on them like Warrior is.
If for whatever reason you have a vengeance against Warrior stuff, get the VE8. Otherwise, stick with Warrior.
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The answer is, in short, the one that’s the most protective for your budget. We recommend the Warrior Ritual X2 or the Ritual X (if it’s available).
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For goaltenders, more protection, the better
From personalized painted masks to brightly patterned pads and custom-fitting everything, equipment has always been a big part of goaltending in the NHL. But there is one piece of protection that is especially important when tasked with getting in the way of frozen pucks shot upward of 100 miles an hour. In fact, most goalies have more than one.
So just how many cups do you think the average NHL goaltender wears these days?
Would you believe most wear two, and many wear three?
If you want to know why, check out the Twitter account of Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott (@KidElls1), who posted a picture of his cup after it was cracked open by a shot in 2014 while with the St. Louis Blues, adding hashtags like #goalieproblems.
Tweet from @KidElls1: #goaliesacrifice #goalieproblems#igot99problems#highpitchvoice#ballsofsteal#XLcup pic. twitter.com/4nYa7CSN8l
“That was a one-piece, I think, and then I switched,” said Elliott, who now wears what goalies refer to as a double-cup. “One inside the other. I like a tight fit – this is really personal – but sometimes it’s hard to find a tight fit with a two-cup. I found one.”
The double-cup Elliott referenced has become a minimum standard for most NHL goalies.
They are typically made up of what most people think of as a standard jock protector in any sport: a protective cup built into a holder and attached to a waistband. But in addition to a lot more padding around that holder and a padded section that extends up to cover the lower abdominal area, a goalie double cup has a second protective layer that sits in front of that standard cup. In some cases, this second cup is made of hard plastic; in others it’s carbon fiber.
It’s a lot of protection, but for many NHL goaltenders, it still isn’t enough.
Count Vancouver Canucks veteran Ryan Miller among those who also wears a traditional player cup snugly underneath a goalie double cup, effectively giving him three.
“I wore just a goalie cup until I got to my first pro training camp and my trainers in Buffalo looked at me like I was insane,” said Miller, who began his career with the Buffalo Sabres in 2002-03 and quickly learned he needed another layer of protection. “It took one time. Coming from college, you think, ‘Oh, I have time to get my legs together,’ and yeah, you can’t. The trainers wanted to know how I liked it after those few skates and they had some options for me.”
Video: [email protected]: Miller makes big saves on Bergeron, Marchand
Miller may have gotten off easy. Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk also wears three after he learned in junior that even a goalie double cup is sometimes not enough protection.
“I took one in training camp and I thought I was going to die,” said Dubnyk, who also wears a tight fitting “girdle” under the player cup to keep everything in place. “I’ll never forget that day. A guy just walked into a slap shot and I as went down, the cup flipped up and it hit me straight on. I remember watching the rebound go out and then the pain kicked in, and it was gloves off and I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know if I should get up, if I should stay down, if I needed to get off the ice, if I should just not move. I just didn’t know what to do. For the next three days I had to walk around with my hands in my pockets to hold my pants out and away from me.”
Dubnyk glances over at his playing partner, Darcy Kuemper, when asked what he thinks about goalies who don’t bother with the extra layer underneath a goalie cup, but Minnesota’s 26-year-old backup at least wears a double cup – “a big one,” he said – and insists it fits well. Like Dubnyk, Kuemper learned the hard way in junior that one cup isn’t enough.
“I was on crutches for three days because I couldn’t walk,” Kuemper said. “I couldn’t get off the couch for three days. I couldn’t even stand up.”
Despite stories like that, there are still a few NHL goalies wearing an older model goalie cup that has plenty of extra padding, but just one plastic cup.
Two of them played for the Detroit Red Wings, much to the chagrin of goalie coach Jeff Salajko.
“Sal thought I was crazy for only wearing one cup,” Jared Coreau said. “A few guys have told me that.”
Video: [email protected]: Coreau extends the pad to deny Marchand
At least he wasn’t alone in the Red Wings locker room.
“I’ve only worn one all my life,” said Jimmy Howard. “My dad warned me. He bought me one of those ones that are double and I tried wearing it and I felt like there is just too much going on down there to move. I don’t know how guys with three do it.”
Most of them feel the same way about guys like Howard that only wear one.
Goalies Plus – (Best Price) Vaughn Ventus SLR Pro Carbon Double Cup Goalie Jock [Intermediate]
Vaughn Ventus SLR Pro Carbon Double Cup Goalie Jock
New from Vaughn is the Ventus SLR Double Jock with Carbon reinforcement. This jock was made with one purpose, be the most protective and comfortable goalie jock to ever be made. The SLR Pro carbon is the next generation of the extremely popular Ventus LT98 Jock. This is the biggest double cup you can find on the goalie market today and with a new design in the waist area, it is even more mobile then before. As with all Vaughn Carbon gear, this jock has a carbon fiber layer that provides maximum protection and reduces weight. A wide waist band that is fully adjustable reduces the stress on the elastic and provides a longer life spam for this product. The segmented HD foam on both sides of the legs gives added protection to the top and side of the groin area. Vaughn has always had the reputation of being one of the best, if not the best pant and jock combinations in the goalie gear manufacturing market. It is no wonder why more than fifty percent of all NHL and NCAA goalie prefer Vaughn pants and jocks to any other manufacture. Even though you may not play in the NHL, everyone needs to be protected (in this area) like an NHL goalie, so if you want the best then the Vaughn SLR Pro Carbon Goalie Jock is for you.
Vaughn Ventus SLR Pro Carbon Double Cup Goalie Jock Features:
- True Pro Spec construction
- Full front double cup for maximum protection
- Advanced designed Injected molded main cup with extra thickness for superior performance
- Carbon fiber front cup panel and waist inserts add protection
- Segments HD and foam front waist section provides increased coverage and flexibility
- Large side leg bumpers for comfort and impact cushioning
- Wide waist band with Velcro adjustment
- Adjustable leg retention support straps
- Intermediate fits waist sizes 25″ to 32″
- There are no returns on Jocks or Under Garments
Lacrosse Goalie Guide to Athletic Cups
Based on what’s at stake, this may be the most important thing I ever write.
Because today we’re discussing protection of the most important area (at least for us male goalies).
Jockstraps, athletic supporters, protective cups. Call them what you will.
In this post, we’ll be breaking down the different options for the most important piece of protection a lacrosse goalie can have.
The options have evolved since I strapped on the basic protection available in the late 90’s.
So what choices do we have when it comes to lacrosse goalie protective cups?
Finally, at the end of this post I want to share a little-known rule which lacrosse goalies have the power to enact that could get you out of a very sticky situation.
Basic Athletic Cup / Jock Strap
When I was playing college ball in the early 2000’s, everyone – including myself – used the basic McDavid or Bike protective cup and jock strap.
The grundle straps (those 2 straps as my teammates called them) were not very durable so most players had a floating cup situation going on.
I would put on a pair of practice shorts, then put on this athletic cup, then put another pair of shorts over that.
That’s something I learned from the goalie ahead of me and something I passed down to the goalie after me. It’s a great tip if you’re using this style jock and even if you’re not.
While this cup provided the bare minimum level of protection, any goalie my age will tell you a direct shot to the cup still hurt. Sometimes bad.
For one thing, the cup is curved and angled so if the shot hit any part of the curved area it simply ricocheted into your thigh causing an unpleasant contusion.
And if you took a crank shot straight on, the impact to the groin area – while not lethal due to the protection – was still painful at best.
Nowadays there’s much better groin protection available to us goalies so unless you’re looking for the absolute cheapest option I’d suggest going with something else.
Maybe just stash one of these in your lacrosse bag as backup.
Ice Hockey Goalie Cups
Around my senior year, another goalie I was friends with recommended I try using an ice hockey goalie protective cup.
I figured if these things were built to withstand a hockey puck to the nuts then they should be able to withstand a lacrosse ball.
Just by looking at them you can tell they’re going to provide A LOT more protection than the standard white jock strap.
The ice hockey goalie cups have protective waistbands to protect the groin area above the cup but still below your chest pad.
They also feature additional rigid protection around the hard cup to increase impact protection in that area. The cup covers a lot more area than the basic jock to ensure ricochets are less likely to cause groinal damage.
The straps are much more sturdy and there is overall less fidgeting and adjusting that needs to be done.
The only drawback of these style groin protectors is the higher price. But when dealing with protection of your little team, can we really put a price on that?
But to say this was an upgrade is perhaps the understatement of the year. There’s no comparison when it comes to the level of protection and more importantly, the feeling of safety wearing this beefed up protection.
It’s weird but when you feel protected (especially groinally speaking) you’re a more confident goalie.
Protective Pants + Cup
Several companies have taken the original jockstrap and turned them into a more comfortable pair of pants.
While these are more comfortable than the basic Bike or McDavid athletic supporters, ultimately you’re still getting the same level of protection.
The Shock Doctor Shocksin pants do come with some extra padding but the others are simply a more comfortable version of what I wore in college.
Many complaints on Amazon focus around the cup not being protective enough and that’s what I worry about too for lacrosse goalies using these style of protection. Although many goalies have told me this is their preferred method of protection.
These may work for middies and attackman, but as a goalie, I’d look elsewhere.
Lacrosse Goalie Cups
Not to be outdone by ice hockey companies like Brine and Bauer, lacrosse equipment manufacturer Warrior got into the lacrosse goalie groin protection game as well.
That pictured above is the Warrior Nutt Hut. A hut for your nutts of course.
While it is an improvement over the original Bike and McDavid style athletic cups, it’s still not on the same level as the ice hockey goalie jocks.
Then Warrior went back to the drawing board, calling upon all groin protection engineers on staff (and perhaps even a few outsourced freelancers).
After days of investigative work and state of the art research they came out with this bad boy.
Edit: Seems to be sold out on Amazon now. You can still get it here on GoalieMonkey.com.
That’s the Warrior Ritual X Pro Goalie Cup and it’s definitely more in line with the ice hockey goalie athletic supporters.
Just read this description of their new design:
The design begins with a modified double jock style, utilizing Warrior’s ShockShield technology. A double jock is traditionally constructed of a standard supporter cup internally with an outer shield of HD and/or LD foams for added protection. The Ritual X Pro is constructed of not only an internal supporter cup, but also a layer of molded medium density closed-cell foam around PE plastic. This creates an extra rigid shell around the internal protection.
Extra rigid shell around the internal protection – I like the sound of that.
I think the Warrior Ritual X Pro Cup is a solid choice for lax goalies.
The Nutty Buddy
I’ve actually never used the Nutty Buddy but enough goalies emailed me its praises I need to include it in this list of methods to protect the boys.
I mean this is the inventor’s face after getting hit right in the junk from a pitching machine at point blank range.
They say lacrosse goalies are crazy but if you had a smile that big after getting hit square in the package, you’ve taken crazy to a new level.
The cup is designed to be anatomically correct so both little boys have sufficient room. Plus upon impact the force goes towards the pubic bone which is less painful.
I mean this dude takes a 90mph baseball from 6 feet away and says he only felt “a little pressure”.
A little pressure?
Sounds like a winner to me! And many young male lacrosse goalies have confirmed. Nutty Buddy ftw.
The only drawback of the Nutty Buddy is like the basic cup you don’t get a lot of protection around the cup where goalies are still very vulnerable to a shot.
Goalie Cup Rule
Finally, I want to let all goalies in a rule.
Hopefully, you don’t have to enact this rule but in the unfortunate event you find yourself needing to – you now know this rule exists and can be exercised at any time.
It’s called the Goalie Cup Rule.
And it states that if a goalie forgets his protective cup – for whatever reason – an attackman (or another teammate) is obligated to let him borrow theirs for that practice or game.
Never ever get in goal with no cup on. Enact the goalie cup rule.
If attackman pleads ignorance to the goalie cup rule, it doesn’t matter. A person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law.
Now please hand over that cup. Goalie cup rule bro.
In my wee-wee!!!? This is what we’re trying to avoid ladies and gentleman. Or maybe just gentleman.
I remember I used to wear just a simple athletic cup. Then I got hit square in the package. I didn’t cry like these youth goalies, but I felt like it.
If I would have had a mobile phone on me, I would have ordered a reinforced goalie jock right from the field. This jock provides the most protection and is well worth the investment. Given what’s at stake, this is my favorite piece of lacrosse goalie equipment that I own.
As you see in this post, there are a few varieties of athletic supporter to protect your family jewels.
But really you should opt for an ice hockey-style jockstrap or Warrior’s latest groin protective product.
And there’s also the Nutty Buddy which seems like a solid option for max protection!
Without one of those options, you’re playing with pure fire.
Until next time! Coach Damon
Anyone else use a different style of groin protection? A better lacrosse goalie cup? Leave me a comment down below.
Warrior Ritual X2 Senior Goalie Cup
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Ice Hockey Jock Straps
Jock straps are a piece of equipment used in many different sports including ice hockey. They are found on almost every hockey player and come in a few different varieties. You certainly would not want to play hockey without a jock strap.
What are ice hockey jock straps used for?
Jock straps are undergarments used to protect the groin area of a hockey player. These usually do not provide much protection alone and often require a plastic cup to be inserted into a pocket covering the groin. While jock straps are not talked about as much as other hockey equipment, it is just as important and protects one of the most sensitive areas of the body. They come in a few different types in order to accommodate different comfort levels for each player.
Most jock straps will also have velcro or hooks on the bottom in order to attach to hockey socks. Certain types can also be used as the player’s underwear for a game. While jock straps are not necessarily required in all levels of hockey, it is much more common for an athlete to wear one than to not.
Things To Consider
When looking for a Jock Strap, you’ll want to consider the following:
- What size jock strap do you need?
- What position do you play?
- How much do you want to spend on a jock strap?
- What kind of jock strap do you find most comfortable?
The three different types of hockey jocks are jockstraps, jock shorts, and jock pants.
Jockstraps are the most traditional form of hockey jocks. They feature a thick waistband with a cup holder attached to it. It also will have two elastic bands to wrap around the thighs. This style of jock is the lightest, but also usually requires another undergarment to be worn over it.
Jock shorts are a pair of compression shorts that have an insert for a cup to be placed. This style of jock serves three functions, as it holds the cup for protection, helps hold up hockey socks, and provides the benefits of compression shorts. It can also be used as the sole undergarment for a hockey player. Many people prefer this style due to its utility and more natural feel.
Similar to jock shorts, jock pants are a type of compression pants that have a slot for a cup to be placed. This style of jock can also be used as a player’s undergarment and is preferred by people who like compression pants over shorts.
The most common materials found in jocks are elastic, polyester, and plastic.
- Elastic: Elastic is the material found in most jockstraps. Elastic used to make the waistbands and supportive straps found in jockstraps.
- Polyester: Polyester is most commonly found in jock shorts and jock pants. Polyester is a synthetic material usually found in compression gear. It is lightweight, stretchy, and breathable.
- Plastic: Plastic is what most jock cups are made out of. Hard plastic is molded to surround the groin while not allowing for any give, offering the most protection.
The most popular brands that produce hockey jocks are Shock Doctor, CCM, and Warrior.
- Shock Doctor: Shock Doctor specializes in protective and performance equipment for many different sports. They have multiple different varieties of all three types of hockey jocks. They also sell individual cups.
- CCM: CCM is one of the largest hockey equipment manufacturers. They make a few different types of jocks and even make jockstraps specifically designed for goalies.
- Warrior: Warrior makes high quality equipment for both hockey and lacrosse. They make jock shorts and jock pants and a few jockstraps specifically for goalies.
When deciding which hockey jock to buy, always consider the durability, cost, and comfort.
Hockey jocks will typically last a long time. Similar to most other undergarments and compression clothes, if washed regularly and taken care of, jocks can last many years. Cups may need replacing every now and then as they can become ruined by moisture and sweat.
In terms of cost, jockstraps will usually be the cheapest type of hockey jock. Most jockstraps can be found for less than $30. Jock pants and shorts will usually be more expensive as they also feature compression technologies and can be worn alone. These types will typically cost anywhere from $30 to $80. Some jocks may come with a cup included while others may not. Buying a cup separately will add around $10-$20.
Jockstraps are usually less comfortable than jock shorts and pants. Since it has thin elastic bands that compress tightly, jockstraps may feel unnatural and somewhat constraining. Jock shorts and pants, however, usually feel similar to regular compression shorts which tend to feel more comfortable and natural.
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What are the benefits of using a jock strap in hockey?
Jock straps can have a few different benefits in ice hockey. Their main purpose is to be used to protect the vital groin region from any injuries that can be caused by contact. Jock shorts and pants, however, also provide the additional benefit the typical compression gear provides such as reduced muscle fatigue and injury prevention.
How much does a jock strap cost?
Jock straps vary greatly in price. Jockstraps are usually the cheap type and will cost anywhere from $10 to $30. Jock shorts and pants usually can be found for under $80. Buying a cup separately from a jock strap will usually add less than $20 to the total cost.
What are the different kinds of ice hockey jock straps?
There are three kinds of hockey jock straps. Jockstraps are elastic waistbands connected to a cup holder with a few supportive bands around the legs. Jock shorts are compression shorts that have a cup holder attached to them. Jock pants are similar to jock shorts except that they extend all the way to the ankle.90,000 France Football magazine named Lev Yashin the best goalkeeper in history
Lev Yashin, Olympic champion and winner of the European Football Championship as part of the USSR national team, was recognized as the best goalkeeper in history. The voting was carried out by the famous French edition France Football, presenting the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
A jury of 140 journalists took part in the voting to determine the winner, who chose the winner of the Golden Ball.
Yashin won the Olympic Games in 1956, became the winner of the European Championship – 1960, and also won the USSR national championship five times.In 1957, the goalkeeper was awarded the title of Honored Master of Sports. In 1963, he won the prestigious Ballon d’Or football award. It is worth noting that the International Football Federation (FIFA) recognized the Soviet athlete as the best goalkeeper of the 20th century.
Gordon Banks (England), Toma Nkono (Cameroon), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Peter Schmeichel (Denmark), Iker Casillas (Spain), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands), Sepp Mayer ( Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Dino Zoff (Italy).
The widow of the legendary goalkeeper Valentin Yashin, commenting on the results of the jury’s vote, noted that in the modern world many no longer remember the goalkeeper.
“Very nice. Thank you for your message. Young people no longer know, 30 years have passed since he died. And before that he hadn’t played anymore. Probably, thanks to such news it is worth remembering him “,
– quoted by Yashin’s widow “Championship.com”.
Head of the State Duma Committee on Nationalities Affairs, former head coach of the Russian national team and CSKA Valery Gazzaev, speaking about Yashin, stressed that this award is prestigious for Russia and the former Soviet Union, and the goalkeeper himself was and remains a shining example for all Russian footballers.
“He became the best goalkeeper in the history of world football, on a par with such footballers as Pele, Maradona, people of genius. Of course we are proud of this. Of course, I am very happy about this, because I personally knew Lev Ivanovich Yashin, an outstanding athlete, a man of genius, a man of the era, who left a mark on the history of world football. He has always been an example in everything for our players. He is the best goalkeeper of all times and peoples, “Sport-Express quotes Gazzaev.
Vasily Frolov, the grandson of Lev Yashin, said that this award is pride not only for the legendary goalkeeper’s family, but for the whole country.According to a relative of the football player, he did not have a single doubt about the victory of Lev Yashin when the voting began.
“Even when voting began a month ago, I had no doubts about the victory of Lev Ivanovich. This is a reason for pride not only for our family, but for the whole country. I would like to have at least one goalkeeper who could be compared with Yashin. Undoubtedly, today this award is absolutely fair “, – quotes Frolov” SE “.
Honorary President of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Vyacheslav Koloskov admitted that awarding Yashin the title of the best goalkeeper in history is not news at all for him, because it was expected.He added that the award was another confirmation that the Soviet goalkeeper is great.
“This is nothing new to me. Lev Ivanovich repeatedly won all kinds of polls and votes. It always turned out that Yashin is the number one goalkeeper for all time. This is one more confirmation, this title is assigned to Yashin forever, ”he concluded.
It is worth noting that Yashin, who died on March 20, 1990 at the age of 60, is considered one of the first goalkeepers in world football to widely master the game at the exits and throughout the penalty area.90,000 The best goalkeepers of the USSR
Being a goalkeeper in a hockey team obliges you to bear great responsibility for what is happening on the court. The role of the goalkeeper is very important, but not everyone copes with this role, making really strong strides. In the history of the National Hockey League and in the history of domestic hockey, there were many figures who were distinguished by their skills. The Soviet Union has trained a large number of strong, effective and high-quality athletes, including goalkeepers.It is worth saying that the USSR goalkeeper school is famous all over the world, because it was our athletes who could surprise at the championships. We have already talked about the best goalkeepers in the history of the NHL, but today we want to talk about the best goalkeepers in the history of Soviet hockey, who could become legends of big sports, falling in love with millions of fans.
Many famous coaches of the USSR called Grigory the founder of the Soviet goalkeeper school.The ice hockey player has played on the ice since 1947 and was one of the first to start competing internationally, demonstrating perfect technique and exceptional skill. And so, already in February 1948, Grigory Mkrtychan became the champion of the USSR as part of CSKA. In total, his collection of Union championships awards nine gold and two silver medals. Four times he became the owner of the USSR Cup. It is interesting that the goalkeeper was not an unambiguous first number in the team, often did not go on the ice at all. But this did not prevent him from proving his reliability and effectiveness.Not everyone could achieve such success during the Soviet era, but Grigory had the courage and fortitude to lead an incredible sports career not only in our country, but also abroad. By the way, the goalkeeper stopped going on the ice in 1958, but after that he worked for the Russian Ice Hockey Federation for a long time. Grigory Mkrtychan died in 2003 at the age of 78, leaving behind an interesting and important story.
This goalkeeper is definitely a pupil of the Soviet school, but at some point the hockey player decided to play for the Latvian national team, thereby spoiling the situation in the Russian national team.In any case, the hockey player managed to excel and was able to become the world champion twice as part of the USSR national team. Arthur is also the first goalkeeper from the Soviet Union who was able to achieve success in the National Hockey League. Already in 1991, he began to play for the American club “San Jose Sharks”, and throughout his career he was able to play in a large number of other clubs. The goalkeeper played in the NHL until 2004, having played about 600 matches, many of which were truly spectacular. Some note the fact that Irbe was able to pull the team out of even the most hopeless, at first glance, situations, which introduced him to courage, and under this powerful wave of delight and desire to win, the goalkeeper sometimes became simply impenetrable.The goalkeeper began his career in 1985 and ended in 2007, which allowed him to play for several unique national teams. At the moment, Artur is the head coach of goalkeepers in the Latvian Championship, bringing up new potentially successful goalkeepers.
This talented goalkeeper made his international debut at the age of 19. A year later, he firmly became the first number of the national team for the next couple of years. The goalkeeper showed incredible performance, reflecting a large number of attacks from the opponent.He was considered the heir to Tretyak. Evgeny even chose number 20 for himself, which brings him closer to the legendary goalkeeper of the USSR. However, he was a very delicate and vulnerable person. After an unsuccessful performance at the 1987 Canada Cup, he sat down in the reserve, which greatly broke him. Due to a broken leg, he sat on the bench for the entire 1988 Olympics, although he received a gold medal. Then the goalkeeper decided to try himself abroad and went to the National Hockey League, but did not get into the base of Edmonton, and after six months of exile in an inconspicuous club for professional hockey, he returned home, but was no longer the same.He suffered at heart, considering himself an unsuccessful athlete, referring to that incredibly difficult streak of failures in his sports career, which was difficult to miss. Also, the hockey player was faced with other problems in his personal life. Every little thing began to play a role in the morale of the athlete. Ultimately, the fate of the goalkeeper was quite tragic, Eugene committed suicide at the age of 33.
Throughout his sports career, which began in 1967 and ended in 1984, Alexander spent as part of one team – “Wings of the Soviets”.It was he who was able to promote his team to unprecedented heights, becoming one of the main initiators of the club’s sensational victory in the USSR Championship in 1974, when Krylia Sovetov defeated the legendary and strong enough CSKA. Sidelnikov also showed all his skill during the 1976 Super Series, when his team won the series against National Hockey League clubs in the United States and Canada. He was not the first number in the USSR national team, but he went out on the ice and was reliable, although it was Alexander who defended the goal in that terrible match against Poland in 1976, which our team sensationally lost 4: 6.But the goalkeeper’s guilt in this defeat is no more than that of the other players on the team. Alexander Nikolaevich Sidelnikov – Olympic champion in 1976. Twice world champion, twice medalist. He played 13 matches at the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Champion of the USSR, three times prize-winner. He played 426 matches in the national championships. After completing his sports career, the goalkeeper moved into coaches, transferring his skills to other athletes. In 2003, Alexander died at the age of 52.
The goalkeeper was considered a typical goalkeeper who could concede a puck, and sometimes more than one.But in the games against CSKA, Viktor appeared on the ice, like the last time. He amazed everyone with his resilience, impenetrability and efficiency for the whole team. During his sports career, the hockey player was in reserve for a long time, but was considered a reliable replacement, on which certain hopes were pinned. This fact did not at all prevent the Soviet goalkeeper from revealing his potential, becoming one of the best in his field. Already at the end of his career, Viktor Alexandrovich had a second wind, and he ousted his younger colleagues from Spartak.5 times became world champion and took Olympic gold. Oddly enough, the fact remains. Perhaps the goalkeeper felt he was needed by the team, which is why he produced such strong results. After completing his career as a goalkeeper, Victor decided to pass on his knowledge to younger and more promising athletes, having trained quite a few hockey players. He died in 2013 at the age of 71.
When Vladislav Tretyak retired from hockey, the national team had a fairly large number of candidates for the role of the first number in the team.It is interesting that Sergei Mylnikov was not particularly celebrated at that time, his candidacy was considered almost at the very end, significantly lowering the athlete’s chances of success. But luck was on the side of the young goalkeeper. And since 1987, Sergey has firmly taken the place of the main goalkeeper in the national team. And he played almost flawlessly, bringing the national team victories at the World Championships and the Olympic Games. He was the first Soviet goalkeeper to leave for the NHL, but he did not play very many games at Quebec and missed goals quite often.After a season in Canada, he returned to Russia. He worked as a coach in many teams and developed amateur hockey. Sergey made a huge contribution to the development of hockey as a professional sport in our country, proving his usefulness, and most importantly, reliability from the very first games in the national team. He took over a large number of expectations after the departure of such a strong goalkeeper as Tretyak, but he was able to justify every hope put on him. The goalkeeper died in 2017 at the age of 58.
The legendary goalkeeper who was just an impenetrable wall on the court, showing exceptional results.Nikolay played very selflessly, as evidenced by 47 scars on his face. Indeed, at that time (the goalkeeper’s sports career took place between 1950 and 1964), goalkeepers did not yet wear masks. The Canadians were shocked by his game when the USSR national team defeated the founders of hockey at their very first World Championship in 1954. Together with the team, Nikolai Puchkov became the world champion in 1954 and the Olympic champion (and world champion) in 1956, won four silver medals at the world championships, one bronze and became the bronze medalist of the 1960 Winter Olympics in the American Squaw Valley.In 1959 he became the best goalkeeper of the world championship, held in Czechoslovakia. The famous coach Anatoly Tarasov could not find a goalkeeper of this level for a very long time, after Nikolai Georgievich completed his sports career. At the end of his playing career, he immediately became a coach. Moreover, Puchkov coached until his death in 2005, then the legend of Soviet hockey was 75 years old.
This goalkeeper has had a lot of interesting and good matches in his career.But the athlete really became famous after the legendary game that took place on February 11, 1979 as part of the Challenge Cup, where the Soviet Union team faced the NHL national team on the site, beating the most prestigious league in the world with a score of 6: 0. Incredible result! Not a single missed puck from Myshkin’s side and a clear victory for our team! It should be noted that this was only the second goalkeeper’s match for this team. After completing his sports career, he actively coached the goalkeepers of CSKA and the Russian national team.Myshkin made a huge contribution to the development of hockey as a professional sport in our country. Despite the fact that many underestimate the hockey player, it is difficult to contradict the results that he achieved during his career, which is why Vladimir Myshkin is considered one of the best goalkeepers of the USSR in history.
It was behind Viktor Sergeevich’s back that Vladislav Tretyak began his career in the national team. The experienced fans are sure that in the 60s there was simply no better goalkeeper in the world.If Konovalenko managed to play against the teams of the National Hockey League, then the Canadians would definitely recognize him as the best, offering the successful goalkeeper a huge contract. It is worth noting that with not the most impressive dimensions (the goalkeeper was small in height and weight, did not give the impression of a “big” hockey player), the impression was that Konovalenko was completely closing the gate. And this despite the fact that this goalkeeper spent his entire career in not the most formidable team of the championship. His stance and timely reaction simply left no chance for the puck sent by the opponent.Many people note Victor’s amazing reaction and his ability to read the situation on the site. Like an open book. Anticipating the actions of many players, which made it possible to react in a timely manner and repel even the most powerful attacks. At the end of his career, he trained the boys, passing them his knowledge and skills. But due to health problems, Viktor Sergeevich Konovalenko died early. In 1996, at the age of 57, the legendary goalkeeper passed away.
From the age of 17 until the end of his sports career, he played for the CSKA team of masters (1969-1984).He made his debut in the USSR national team in 1969 in the tournament for the prize of the Izvestia newspaper in a match with Finland. – the main goalkeeper of the national team (1970-1984). Played 128 matches in the World, European, Olympic and Canada Cup tournaments; in the USSR championships – 482 matches. The hockey player is a 10-time world champion and a three-time Olympic champion, and has also won a large number of other privileged titles in his career. It is worth saying that of the domestic goalkeepers in history, only Vladislav was able to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame.The famous goalkeeper became the first athlete whose name was solemnly entered into the museum in 1989. Interestingly, Vladislav never even played in the National Hockey League in his entire sports career, but in 1983 he was drafted by the famous Montreal. The management of the Canadian club dreamed of seeing such a talented goalkeeper in their ranks, but, most likely, everyone understood that this was impossible. Now the ice hockey legend leads the presidency of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, continuing to contribute to the big sport.And in the event that you want to know about other domestic hockey players who were honored to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, then read our article.
So, the Soviet hockey school has trained a large number of really high-quality goalkeepers. Each of them helped popularize hockey in our homeland, and most importantly, tell the whole world about the talent of Soviet players. Many of the heroes of today’s rating do not want to stop there and continue to contribute to the development of professional hockey.In any case, the merits and achievements of each Soviet goalkeeper will remain in the memory of fans of this wonderful sport forever, because the heroes are not forgotten.90,000 Best Goalkeepers in Hockey
The goalkeeper plays one of the most important roles in hockey. The success of the team primarily depends on the professionalism of the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper must have perfect eyesight, master all styles of play, have an instant reaction and competently assess the situation at the gate. Talking about hockey masks, we casually mentioned the great goalkeepers who reflected even the most confident attacks of the opponent, but now it’s time to turn to the history of big hockey and remember the ten best goalkeepers of all time.
10. Tiny Thompson
A small but very effective goalkeeper, whose career in the pre-war years was spent in the Boston and Detroit clubs. On the ice, the athlete spent 12 seasons from 1928 to 1940 and managed to play in 553 regular season matches, where he conceded 1183 goals, scored 284 victories and achieved 81 draws. Thompson was also able to bring his team 20 wins in 44 playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup in 1929. It is interesting that Thompson showed the best results, masterful play and incredible agility at the very beginning of his sports career.He was also able to set the record for the best reliability factor in his career (2.07), which he could not beat to this day.
It is about this goalkeeper that one can safely say “small but daring”, because Thompson, with his low stature, showed a very effective game, bringing success to his team.
9. Grant Fur
Grant fell in love with hockey from an early age and began to live the dream of fame and success. In 1981, he was selected as the goalkeeper by the Oilmen in the draft.The player regularly demonstrated his talent both in training and at important matches, repelling most of the attacks, preventing the puck from getting into the goal. For his excellent performance and efficiency, the goalkeeper was invited to the All-Star Game in the very first season of his sports career. But this was not the end of his success as an athlete. His five Stanley Cups v Edmonton, Vezina in 1988 and six invitations to the All-Star Game are sufficient compensation for more modest game stats (Grant conceded 2,756 goals in 868 career matches, of which only 403 were victorious ).Not to mention, in 2004, Fuhr became the first black hockey player in history to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and in 2017 he was named one of the 100 Greatest Players in NHL History.
Since childhood, Fuhr has shown good results in sports, but having come to the NHL, he was not only able to keep this wave of success, but also to bring an irreplaceable contribution to his team, which makes him one of the best goalkeepers of all time.
8. Ed Belfort
The goalkeeper named “Eddie the Eagle” (and he was so nicknamed for the fact that he played almost his entire career in masks with images of eagles) went down in history as one of only two hockey players who won the NCAA university title, Stanley Cup and Olympic gold.Ed is a true legend of world hockey. During his career, the goalkeeper spent nine seasons playing for the clubs “Chicago”, “Dallas” and “Toronto”. In terms of wins (484 career wins), Ed ranks third in NHL history. In 1999, together with the Dallas club, he was able to win the Stanley Cup. The athlete ended his career in 2008, but remained faithful to hockey forever. His incredible successes and bright mask were remembered by many fans. For the history of ice hockey, Eddie Eagle is without a doubt key.
The Florida goalkeeper is 42 years old but is the only active athlete on today’s roster. Roberto is also one of the three goalkeepers in the world who have played in over 1000 matches. In terms of the number of victories, the goalkeeper occupies the fourth position (at the moment, the number of victories is 471). And although the athlete was one step away from the Stanley Cup in 2011, many can envy his merits, since Luongo is a two-time Olympic champion, two-time world champion and winner of the 2004 World Cup.All these achievements only confirm the high level of professionalism of Roberto as a goalkeeper. The player is distinguished by lightning-fast reaction and perfect technique of the game, which led the athlete to so many victorious matches. Also, the goalkeeper is the second goalkeeper in history to be the captain of his team.
6. Ken Dryden
The goalkeeper won six Stanley Cups and five Vezina Trophies with Montreal, although he himself later admitted that this success was largely due to the excellent defense of the Canadiens of that era.Spent only a little over seven full seasons in the NHL, ending playing at the age of 31, but still went down in history as one of the most successful goalkeepers in history. 258 wins, 57 losses and 74 draws in 397 matches – no other goalkeeper can boast such a percentage of victories. Its reliability factor of 2.24 also ranks in the top ten in history. But after the end of his career, Dryden did well: he wrote several books, worked as a commentator, then was president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, taught at the university, and in 2004 began his career as a politician.From 2004 to 2011, he was a member of the Canadian Parliament and was the Secretary of Social Security from 2004 to 2006. Polls have shown that Dryden has received his support through his career in the NHL. Many journalists note that it was almost impossible to interview the legendary goalkeeper before, because of his position in politics, Dryden was constantly at conferences, meetings and similar events. But fans remember the athlete’s brilliant performance no matter what.
5. Jacques Plant
His professional career stretched intermittently for as much as 28 years (from 1947 to 1975).During the first half for Montreal, he became the six-time Stanley Cup winner, including victories in five championships in a row (1956-60). He is considered one of the main innovators of his craft. But the goalkeeper Plant was remembered not only for his brilliant career. The fact is that the athlete became the first hockey player in history who began to go to matches in a protective mask. Due to a severe injury at one of the games, Jacques set a condition for his coach, which forced the latter to allow the introduction of a new element of protection.You can find out more about the history of hockey masks and Jacquet Plante in our article.
At the very beginning, after such a “transformation”, the hockey player began to be treated with disrespect. Both fans, journalists, and colleagues considered wearing a goalkeeper mask stupid and strange. It was believed that the goalkeeper should be distinguished by his courage, and some kind of plastic mask was a sign of cowardice. But after a couple of years, the situation changed and the new attribute of hockey defense gained widespread interest.
4. Terry Savchuk
We have mentioned Terry more than once in our articles. The legendary goalkeeper who was remembered by many for his injured face, but a very kind smile. Terry has undergone a very large number of surgeries, about 400 stitches were imposed on his face. Fate released Savchuk a tragically short life of only 40 years, 21 of which he spent defending the gates of Detroit, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles and Rangers. The goalkeeper died before he could even retire.He passed away as the best (at that time) goalkeeper in history with 447 wins. Among the goalkeepers from the “Original Six” era, he remained the best. His record for clean sheets (103) held until 2009 when he was surpassed by Martin Broder. The four-time Stanley Cup winner has won the Goalkeeper of the Year award the same number of times.
Terry passed away, but remained forever in the history of the NHL, his figure is especially important for athletes who have chosen the role of goalkeeper. He has motivated and continues to motivate a huge number of hockey players, proving the complexity of his craft.Terry made it clear to everyone that only a person with a strong spirit can be a goalkeeper.
3. Dominik Hasek
This athlete breaks down the classic goalkeeper style of hockey. The National Hockey League, perhaps, did not know more original in terms of goalkeeper style. “Dominator” (this is the nickname the athlete received) regularly shocked the audience by throwing the stick aside and, imitating the football goalkeeper, parrying the puck with both hands, rushing after it with a tiger in the opposite corner, or even lying on his back, imitating a snow angel.The Czech one is widely recognized as the best European NHL goalkeeper in history, winning Vezina six times in eight years, becoming the only goalkeeper of all time to be twice named MVP of the regular season and dragging the dismal Buffalo to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final.
Unpredictability is perhaps Hasek’s main advantage. It is difficult for the opponent to read the actions of the goalkeeper, to predict the course of the attack, when there is such a professional at the goal who can throw out absolutely any feast.It is also striking that with such a non-standard play, Dominik was able to achieve such an effective defense. The goalkeeper has full rights for the third line of our top.
2. Patrick Roy
Roy was not the inventor of the butterfly style, but he certainly became its main popularizer. Won four Stanley Cups, two each with Montreal and Colorado, for which he spent his entire 18 years in the NHL. Both clubs subsequently raised him to number 33 under the vaults of their arenas. He became the first goalkeeper in history to play 1,000 matches and win 500 wins.Retired from hockey in 2003 as the holder of many goalkeeper records (1,029 matches, 551 wins, 25,800 saves). For his phenomenal play in the 1986 playoffs, when he won his first Cup with Montreal as a rookie and earned an unimaginable safety factor of 1.22 in 20 cup matches, he was nicknamed “St. Patrick”.
Amazing play, incredible control and only effective defense are characteristic of this athlete. Those who have seen Patrick in action at least once will agree that he was created to play hockey, and as a goalkeeper.No wonder Roy was able to achieve such success in the National League.
1. Martin Broder
No other goalkeeper in history has played so many matches (1266), won so many victories (691), saved so many shots (28928) and had so many zero fights (125). Many of his records now seem almost as unattainable as those of Wayne Gretzky. The three-time Stanley Cup winner and four-time Vezina winner spent 21 seasons for New Jersey, of which he became the NHL leader in the number of victories nine times.The virtuoso possession of the club allowed Broder to hit the goal three times himself (twice in the regular season, once in the playoffs), which is also a league record. His 113 wins in 205 playoff games are second only to the Cup performance of the aforementioned Roy. Martin is at the top of our list and is the best goaltender in NHL history at this time. The talent of such people is never forgotten, and the huge contribution he made to world hockey is set as an example for many athletes.
Thus, we can say that the importance of the goalkeeper in the team cannot be ruled out, because often there is a real professional at the goal who can amaze with his technique, accuracy and quick reaction. The list of the best of the best may need to be updated soon, but still we shouldn’t forget the truly legendary people.
90,000 The best goalkeeper in history: Vladislav Tretyak turns 65 – Sport
MOSCOW, April 25. / TASS /. Three-time Olympic ice hockey champion Vladislav Tretyak is 65 years old.Tretiak is recognized as the best hockey player of the 20th century by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the best goalkeeper in history. Since 2006, he has been the head of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation.
Tretyak was brought up in the family of a military pilot, was engaged in swimming with his older brother and from an early age was a good skate. Thanks to this, he passed the competition to the CSKA hockey school, located not far from his house – on Leningradsky Prospekt.
‘TASS / Russian Ice Hockey Federation’
Having hit the forwards, which all the boys dream of, Tretyak, nevertheless, soon became a goalkeeper – the field players lacked form, and young Vladik dreamed of real hockey ammunition, which was given out only to goalkeepers.
In general, the accidental appearance of a young goalkeeper in the army school ultimately predetermined the success of Russian hockey for almost two decades. The numerous victories of CSKA and the USSR national team are largely associated with the game of Tretyak – having the most reliable goalkeeper in the world behind them, it was possible to act brightly and in attack, without worrying about the rear.
Although it may seem that the skill level of the Soviet forwards was such that a reliable goalkeeper was not required, this was not the case. Many matches and tournaments were won due to the rescue of Tretyak, who provided partners with a chance to gain victory in the attack.
“Tretyak is a great man and a player. He was the first goalkeeper to start reading the game at this level.”
Two-time Olympic champion in the USSR national ice hockey team, forward
For the first time, the young goalkeeper showed himself at the age of 16 at the European Junior Championship, where hockey players under 19 played – the team’s coach Nikolai Puchkov, himself a famous goalkeeper in the past, told the weekly Football-Hockey about the up-and-coming goalkeeper.
In the 1968/69 season, Tretyak made his debut in the USSR championship. The gates of CSKA were then defended by Nikolai Tolstikov, Viktor Tolmachev and Alexander Pashkov. However, Anatoly Tarasov released Tretyak on the ice three times, who made his debut a week before his 17th birthday, coming on as a substitute in the match against Avtomobilist.
That championship ended with a memorable scandalous match between CSKA and Spartak. Then, in the presence of Leonid Brezhnev, Tarasov led the team off the ice, protesting against the actions of the referee, who did not count the puck of Vladimir Petrov.“Spartak” eventually won with a score of 3: 1 and became the champion of the USSR.
“In my opinion, there were more talented goalkeepers, Tretyak did not possess any super abilities. He developed his best qualities due to his great diligence and analytical mind”
Olympic champion in 1972 as part of the USSR national ice hockey team , goalkeeper
First World Championship at 17
In the next season, Tretyak played much more often, eventually ousting Tolstikov from the squad and becoming the champion of the USSR – for the first time out of 13.In 1970, Tretyak went to his first world championship, which was held in March in Sweden, where he replaced Viktor Konovalenko, winning the first title in the national team at the age of 17.
In total, Tretyak has 10 victories at the world championships, as well as triumphs at the 1972, 1976 and 1984 Olympics. In 1972, the 20-year-old Tretiak brilliantly played a super series of matches with the Canadian national team, gaining recognition from professionals and specialists of the National Hockey League (NHL).
In the first game in Montreal, Tretiak conceded already in the 30th second, when Phil Esposito finished off the puck that bounced off him, and in the 7th minute, the Soviet team was losing to the Canadians already 0: 2.
But the young goalkeeper later rescued his partners more than once, who finished the match with a historic victory over the pioneers of hockey – 7: 3. In the next two matches in Toronto and Winnipeg, the organizers recognized Tretyak as the best in the USSR national team, although he missed four goals (1: 4, 4: 4).
“I think he has no equal in the art of goalkeeper so far, because in his years with other ammunition he did the impossible on the court. Tretyak is recognized by everyone, he is the greatest master”
Two-time Olympic champion in the national team USSR ice hockey, forward
A goalkeeper who hates losing
By his own admission, Tretyak hated to lose – it gave him almost physical pain.And even though partners more often responded to the missed goals with a large number of goals scored, Tretiak will never forget some of the failures – the benefit of them was much less than bright victories.
At the 1980 Olympics in the American Lake Placid, the USSR national team under the leadership of Viktor Tikhonov was a clear favorite – NHL players did not go to the Games then, and among the players in Europe, Soviet hockey players had no equal.
But the unexpected happened: the US team, made up of hockey players from the lower and student leagues, defeated the Soviet team, which will soon be called nothing less than the “Red Machine”.At the same time, Tikhonov replaced Tretyak after the first period (with the score 2: 2), but Vladimir Myshkin did not help either. The USSR national team remained in second place, and the USA still remember “Miracle on Ice”.
The Tretiak was not destined to become a four-time Olympic champion in the end. In 1984, after the Olympic season and the triumph at the Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, Tretyak retired at the age of 32. It is very early for a goalkeeper, but Tretyak is tired – not so much of hockey as of the lifestyle of a player of the Soviet national team, who is forced to spend almost the whole year at the training camp – away from his family.
Tikhonov did not indulge the legend of world hockey, who was also famous for the discipline laid down by his father – according to the coach, the rules should be common for everyone.
The hockey players of that time were very fond of breaking the regime, relaxing after serious exertion, but this was not about Tretyak. Having married at the age of 20, he spent all his free time with his family – his wife Tatyana and two children. When he finally realized that there was simply not enough time, he ended his career – in his prime and at the peak of popularity.
Now the Tretyakov family already has three grandchildren, and Maxim became a goalkeeper, making his debut in the Continental Hockey League in the final season as part of the Admiral from Vladivostok.
“The Tretiak as head of the FHR managed to stabilize the work of the federation, implement the program for the development of children’s hockey, the construction of ice rinks and sports facilities. In addition, we have returned to the ranks of the leaders of world hockey. He is indispensable as president of the federation”
Olympic 1972 champion in the USSR national ice hockey team, goalkeeper
Departure for the USA
In North America, Tretiak was a star, although he never played in the NHL.Had Tretiak decided to go to the overseas league, he would have had a transcendental contract at the level of the best hockey player in the world, Wayne Gretzky, but such an option was impossible for a Soviet officer.
Tretiak continued to work at CSKA and the International Olympic Committee. But in 1990, when the situation in the country began to change, Colonel Tretyak wrote a letter of resignation and went to the United States, where he became the coach of goalkeepers for the Chicago Blackhawks.
At that time Tretiak was not even 40, the NHL seriously offered him a contract of the current goalkeeper, but he did not return, perhaps realizing that there could be much more defeats than victories.
For many years Tretiak was not in demand at home, although many Russian players who played in North America used the services of his school. Only in 1998 Tretyak was included in the coaching staff of the Russian national team at the Olympics in Nagano, where NHL hockey players played for the first time, with the Russian representatives of which the renowned goalkeeper had established contact.
Soon Tretyak began his political career – in 2003 in the Saratov region he was elected a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.And in 2006, Tretyak became the head of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation – at a time when the national team had not won major tournaments for 13 years.
The arrival of Tretyak largely allowed to end with regular conflicts between leading hockey players and the federation, which is why the leaders of the national team regularly missed major international tournaments.
“This is a great athlete and an outstanding goalkeeper. He was distinguished by exceptional diligence, a sense of responsibility and duty to the team and the work entrusted to him, absolute honesty in behavior and relations with people.” , goalkeeper
Already in 2008, the Russian national team regained the title of world champion, having won the world championships four times over the past 10 years and left without medals only twice.Only the Olympic Games, where the quarterfinals were defeated twice in a row, and the World Cup, where the Canadians lost in the semifinals last year, cannot submit to the Russian team.
In addition to titles at the World Championships and the Olympic Games, Tretyak won the Canada Cup in 1981 – the last tournament with the participation of the strongest hockey players, where the national team achieved success.
In 1989 Tretiak entered the NHL Hall of Fame, in 1997 – into the newly formed Hall of Fame of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).IIHF also recognized Tretiak as the best hockey player of the 20th century and included in the symbolic team of the century.
Tretyak was awarded the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner of Labor, Friendship of Peoples, “Badge of Honor”, “For Services to the Fatherland” II, III and IV degrees.90,000 Twice the best NHL goalkeeper will come to the Russian national team for the world championship :: Hockey :: RBC Sport
Florida goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky will arrive in Riga on May 29
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The goalkeeper of the Florida Panthers club of the National Hockey League (NHL) Sergey Bobrovsky will join the Russian national team at the World Championship on May 29.This was reported to RBC by the press service of the national team.
32-year-old Bobrovsky will become the third goalkeeper of the Russian national team at the World Championship after Alexander Samonov (SKA) and Ivan Bocharov (Dynamo). After arriving, he will have to go through a five-day quarantine. Thus, the goalkeeper will be able to play in the playoffs of the tournament, which starts on June 3.Russian hockey player set a record in the NHL Florida had previously finished their NHL playoffs, losing 2-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round series.The 32-year-old Bobrovsky has played 31 games this season, scoring 19 wins and conceding an average of 2.91 goals and reflecting 90.6% of shots. In the playoffs, he played three matches.
Bobrovsky, while still in the Columbus Blue Jackets, twice received the prize for the best goalkeeper of the NHL regular season – Vezina Trophy (2013, 2017). He was the first Russian goalkeeper to win this award and the only Russian to receive it twice. As part of the Russian national team, he won gold (2014), silver (2015) and bronze (2016) world championships.
The World Championship is held in Riga from May 21 to June 6. The Russian national team plays in Group A with teams from Slovakia, Switzerland, Denmark, Great Britain, Belarus, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
The Russians started the tournament with a victory over the Czechs (4: 3), then beat the British (7: 1), lost to the Slovaks (1: 3) and beat the Danes (3: 0). In the next match, the Russian national team will play with the Swiss team on May 29 (beginning at 16:15 Moscow time).
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Thibault Courtois (Real, Belgium)
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Real is also not the leader of La Liga and was eliminated from Champions League, but Courtois’s saves in the semi-final confrontation with Chelsea were remembered by everyone.
Ederson (Manchester City, Brazil)
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City are the all-time Premier League leader with 29 goals conceded.The closest figure is 33 for Chelsea. Without Ederson’s skills, City probably would not have won the championship so quickly.
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea, Senegal)
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Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa Argentina)
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Manuel Neuer (Bayern, Germany)
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Dean Henderson (Manchester United, England)
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Behind the words of admiration about Igor, it is difficult to find high-quality analytics of his game.It is clear that the plowman. It is clear that the leader. But what makes his game so special? Vyacheslav Chanov, who has been leading the goalkeeper since the age of 14, knows this better than anyone else.
“When I noticed him at that age, I was struck by the incredible ability to read the game. Even then, he was able to competently anticipate events. The opponent is just thinking of a pass to the penalty area, and Igor is already at the right point, ”the coach explains.
He notes that the concept of anticipating events came from the Soviet goalkeeper school, but Akinfeev had it laid down from birth.Quite simply, he is a genius.
The genius helped him not to lower the highest level after two injuries and, in general, to become the top with not the most outstanding data. True, Igor himself gets annoyed when he is reminded of anthropometry: “Malafeev 185 is tall, and Akinfeev 185 is small.”
Chanov adds that such criticism accompanied Igor throughout his career, but he was never distracted by it.
“He has a hyper-talent that allows him to play at the highest level for 20 years.Any RPL coach will call him the best goalkeeper. When they hit our goal, no one is frightened, and when they shout “goal”, we are surprised. The highest score for the goalkeeper’s game is when the players and the coach do not turn their heads during the kick, ”confirms the version of genius Sergei Ovchinnikov.
A separate glamor in Igor’s actions is playing with his feet. She is so perfect that often, with a good score, Leonid Slutsky offered him a penalty kick. “Imagine going and hitting the goalkeeper in such a situation.I consider it dishonest, I will never do anything on the sly, ”Akinfeev said.
Guus Hiddink also saw strong legs, who believed that Igor was useful when starting an attack: when the other hits the fight, the soldier will transfer the ball to his partner halfway across the field. “But most importantly, he is a strong personality with a great sense of humor,” the Dutchman praised the goalkeeper.
Sometimes the iron character interferes with Akinfeev a little. For example, according to Sergei Ignashevich, the keeper is not interested in the result of the team, it is important for him to play “to zero”: if the team won 2: 1 or 3: 1, everyone was happy except Igor.The defender even called the former teammate a “football egoist.” He was offended.
Chanov does not think this is bad, and explains that all this is from perfectionism. “As a child, he performed every exercise 100%. Guys, if they work correctly, should always have something to hurt after training. There were those who did not hurt anything – because they did not work well. I asked Igor – he answered: “It hurts here, and here.” I said: “Everything is correct, it should be so.” Because I did my best, ”the coach comments.
Ovchinnikov and his colleague had no difficulties. On the contrary, he separately explained that Akinfeev is an amazing person, friend and football player: “Igor carries not only a game, but also a social load.