In March 2010, InGoal Magazine asked then-Chicago Blackhawks goaltending coach Stéphane Waite to map out a typical day in his life for a 7 p.m. game. This week, Waite reviewed that chronology and tweaked it a little for what he does with the Canadiens, his routine remarkably unchanged in Montreal.
The major difference: instead of scouting the opponent’s goalie at 11:30 a.m., following the Habs’ morning skate — the visitor skates game-day at the Bell Centre downtown, the Canadiens in Brossard an hour earlier — Waite will do that review off video.
8 a.m.: Prepare morning-skate practice, with drills for starting goalie based on his last game and extra drills for the backup.
8:30 a.m.: Watch video of opponent’s goalie to prepare a report for my team’s morning meeting and the coaching staff.
9:15 a.m.: Video session with my starting goalie — just 10 minutes with a positive approach, usually to show him recent saves and good plays he has made.
9:30 a.m.: Meet with my goalies and our penalty-killers.
10:15 a.m.: Warm-up on the ice for the starting goalie.
10:30 a.m.: Morning skate. After the session, I’ll do extra drills with the backup.
5:15 p.m.: Quick review of opposing players’ tendencies.
6 p.m.: Short meeting with my starter to review the three keys of the game, such as beat the pass, be patient, battle, maybe a specific about a particular opponent. But this is very short, two or three minutes, this process having begun in the morning. I don’t want him thinking too much. He’s in the zone by now, this is just to review a few keys.
7 p.m.: Watch the game in the press box. I focus on my goalie, take notes and prepare my next video session and my next practice from the notes I have taken. I meet with the coaching staff between periods and I’ll talk to my goalie between periods only if I notice something very major in his game.
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