Your penalty kill will improve just by watching this presentation.
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“This is not meant to be a presentation about coddling goalies. There’s a lot in the hands of a goalie, and hopefully this presentation shows areas where goalies need to be held accountable.”

Zack Cisek, Associate Head Coach with Lake Superior State University, started his Virtual Coaching Clinic by laying out goals for his talk, one of which was providing non-negotiables for goalies on the penalty kill.

The 30-year-old former netminder is passionate about the position and during his 32 minute talk, he creates clear roles and responsibilities for penalty killers and goalies, so everyone is on the same page. 

Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity, it is said. Cisek is a firm believer in that.

Cisek, who joined the Lake State staff as assistant coach in August 2018 after spending the 2017-18 season as a volunteer assistant coach with Notre Dame, walks through reads goalies will have based on how their team kills penalties. Cisek talks about evaluating threats and introducing basic goaltending fundamentals that can be worked on in the week prior to game.

Penalty kill insight from the goalie’s point of view are also provided as Cisek shows the similarities in reads and roles on the penalty kill between goalies and players. Cisek also talks about what compromises posture, passing route sight, and structure, before summarizing his findings.

Your penalty kill will improve just by watching this presentation.

This video is available exclusively to members of The Coaches Site.

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Zach Cisek

Zack Cisek joined the Lake State staff in August 2018 after spending the 2017-18 season as a volunteer assistant coach with Notre Dame. Since joining Lake State, Cisek worked as assistant coach and was recently promoted to associate head coach. Last season, the Lakers continued their strong play as the program made its 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament.

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