Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Best Thing Ever = TBTE with Arthurs Irbe and more



We got some great material from our Dear Friend Daan Rollin from Belgium.. Only thing we missed was a caption for this picture but we think it is showing, Patrik Åman, Arturs Irbe and Mr Blinds himself.

In America the previous NHL goalie Mr. Irbe is without doubt the most known in this trio, the other two? Well one is a legendary Floorball keeper from Sweden - Mr. Åman, and Mr. Blinds.. well he is becoming a legend himself right now building a Floorball goalie imperium.. hmm any other Floorball brand will most likely be very tempted to get engaged with Blind Save since they in serious ways breaks new grounds...

What these guys are up to? A 50 goalie International Floorball goalie camp in the Baltic with goalies from 8 countries - where a NHL long time merited Ice Hockey goalie and world star helped teaching a new generation (and old too) how to become better Floorball goalies..

Not bad...

Here is Mr. Rollins personal note from this event. Read it - it is full of sparkles and stars...
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Blindsave goalie camp – 12-14 July


Blindsave organized another successful goalie camp. This time they were able to get goalies like Åman Patrik and Artūrs Irbe. The camp attracted 50 goalies from 8 countries like Latvia, Belgium, Great Britain, Finland, …
There were 2 groups divided by age, because the youngest one just turned 9 and the oldest one was 29. So there was a lot of diversity in the groups. Åman Patrik and Blinds Andis were leading the practices. The first day training was more on the theoretical part of being a goalie and how goalies should behave in terms of moving. Later that night we had a VERY special guest: Artūrs Irbe.
Irbe taught us a lot about how a goalie should think in different situations, what his experience was with being a professional goalie in the NHL. It really was interesting to see these 3 gods (see above) together!

The second day was a lot more about shooting and the practical part of goalkeeping, still movement was the number 1 working point. Later the afternoon every goalie got filmed during an exercise and analyzed later the evening. This was pretty interesting to see because every goalie has a different style!
Then the organization of Blindsave did something amazing for all the goalies that flew in from another country. They took them to the fishermen’s festival in Roja, the Baltic sea and one of the most beautiful shores of Europe! There they were able to taste all the nice fish caught earlier that day!

Sunday was all about reading the game! We spoke about various situations on the field and how to deal with them, later on we even got to do some penalty shots! After training everybody was sad that the camp was over already.
In my point of view “Blindsave goalie camp” was one of the most interesting experiences in my life! there were so many great goalies with different points of view on being a goalie, and we compared these approaches/opinions...all the time

To the blindsave crew: THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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WE HERE SAY THANK YOU MR. ROLLIN FOR SHARING THIS.
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