one heck of a season in goal for the NAHL’s Soo Indians.
lbs., to be exact), strong and handles the puck with the finesse of a
fine-tuned NHL goaltender.
would have a solid netminder coming into this season and had very few
says Shawhan. “He has played very consistently and that’s carried over
from what he did last year.”
A RELIABLE PRESENCE
percentage, a 26-5 record and 5 shutouts at the halfway point.
far in the future.
year before,” says Shawhan. “He did the work that was necessary to do
and it wasn’t all that much. We knew he was going to be reliable coming
compactness in the net.
which basically involved standing tall in the net and staying tough.
The skills were there and still are…this season was a matter of carrying
over the consistency.
know I have to have a strong presence every night.”
ANOTHER SOO INDIANS’ ALL-STAR GOALIE
Marie. Just think of the names.
if not all of them, were all-stars under the Shawhan regime.
Shawhan says he takes it for granted a little bit.
among those guys. Just like them, Cam can steal games for us…can
single-handedly win hockey games for us that help us stay at the top or
near the top of the standings.”
all-star team for the recent game in St. Louis. He’s also gained a
wealth of experience from his former goalie/current head coach.
move I’ve made in coming here. It’s an honor to be named in the same
class of great goaltenders that have come through here.”
already) have colleges knocking at his door. And college is certainly a
goal for the youngster.
what’s to come. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to finish
strong, and finish first. We’re tough at home and we want to continue
to be strong to get home ice (in the playoffs).”
INSIDE THE GOALIE’S MIND
kind of big too.
(Ellsworth) really takes up the net,” said Shawhan, referring to the
small space shooters have to get one by Ellsworth.
professional goaltender. He says he does model his game after several
different types of pro goalies, but doesn’t like to pick one goalie and
copy off of him. He even wears an unusual number for a goalie – 17.
picking up potential bad habits,” said Ellsworth. “All goalies have
different styles. I think I try to model the competitiveness of certain
goalies more than what they do.”
Toronto duel Dominik Hasek of Buffalo. To him, that would be a fan’s
THE GAMEDAY ROUTINE
of game day routine…something they do either for good luck or to keep
themselves occupied. Ellsworth’s routine mixes a little bit of thinking
about the night’s game, with some rest and relaxation.
or 1:30 p.m. and then don’t eat again until after the game,” says
Ellsworth. “I make sure I get a nap in there too and get up around 4:30
the Web and checks the stats of the shooters he’ll be facing that
night. He’s seen most of them, but knowing what the statistics of the
various players are gives him a sense of who’ll be taking the brunt of
the shots at him.
to work for that matter. He likes to get there just in time, with his
game face on, ready to play.
work,” says Ellsworth. “I go over in my mind and with the coaches what
I want to do. I’ve come to enjoy things that way.”
simply the team atmosphere that coach Shawhan fosters so well.
here,” says Ellsworth. “I owe it all to my teammates.”