Those missed opportunities add up and other teams start noticing that he seemed to be ‘injured’ a lot. He was a guy who was often the last cut because the coaches valued durability over those exciting split saves.
Especially as he moved up from one level to the next where the coaches better understood that a boring goalie is a more consistent goalie. They started to understand that a goalie who looked like he was constantly getting hit right in the middle of the chest by the puck was the goalie they wanted.
And even though Robbie could sort of get away with it now, I wondered how long he would be able to abuse his hips, knees and ankles by relying on flexibility that he had no control over.
Would the extra wear and tear of smashing into his joint end range catch up with him when he was 22, 23 or 24… right when he was getting the biggest opportunities of his career?
That wasn’t worth the risk, so we set out a plan that would teach him to use his flexibility as a tool, with control and precision. A plan that would develop the right stabilizing muscles to help absorb shock to the joints.