Allen York - is it Nadia Comanaeci revisited?

Allen Yark #41 ROOKIE goal tender

Mar. 30, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Allen York (41) knocks the puck away as Florida Panthers left wing Sean Bergenheim (20) takes a shot on goal during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Nadia Elena Comăneci (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈnadi.a koməˈnet͡ʃʲ]; born November 12, 1961) is a Romanian gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast ever to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. The world was shocked in 1976 as it slowly understood that the Russian training schools were taking young “children” and training them to become not only athletes, but winning athletes.

Could it be that the Columbus Blue Jackets have stumbled onto a technique for training a goaltender? The techniques– Take a raw young but talented individual and give him training under your goal tending  coach [Ian Clark] Give him a few practice games in the EHL & AHL. Then press him into service.

Well, It works for me. I have not doubt the bubble will burst, but it is fun watching it happen. The Jackets are playing responsibly, and the rookie goal tender is responding by playing responsibly.  Result – 2 wins in a row…..

The kid has 4 more games to show his stuff. Do you need years of experience to be a goal tender, or do you need the exuberance of youth?  Steve Mason arrived amid his youthful exuberance. He won and has never really lived up to the initial success again.  Are goalies like the children that are Olympic gymnasts? Burned out at an age where other athletes are just reaching their prime. Where do the “OLD” goal tenders come from that have had years of success? I certainly am not sure. I do know enough to enjoy it while it lasts. tenminutemisconduct is currently running a series on goaltending. I suggest you check this site out.

I do know that the Jackets have played and won 2 games in a row after the annihilation in Detroit. I am going to enjoy  it while I can




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