FROM THE RADIO BOOTH

Monday, 09.18.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
New York Islanders
X
Share with your Friends


FROM THE RADIO BOOTH
Camp Competition in Goal

By Steve Mears
Islanders play-by-play broadcaster
Bloomberg 1130

(YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA) When you're talking about having "depth," it's usually reserved for conversations about forwards, defensemen, or fishing off the coast in the Atlantic.  Although it's not mentioned as frequently, having depth in the goaltender's position is just as vital as having it at any position for a contending team. 

Even at his recent press conference, Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro said he could not possibly play all 82 games and no goaltender should.  One position that has yet to be officially determined at Islanders training camp in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is the role of backing up the talented netminder.  Some qualifications for the job include: being an all-around positive influence, being mentally sharp even after long periods of sitting on the bench, and being able to win on any given night when you're called upon.

The Islanders have six goaltenders in camp, including DiPietro, who bring a mixture of veteran leadership, youth, and terrific puck-stopping ability.  Ten-year veteran Mike Dunham has been invited to Yarmouth and looks forward to getting to work and earning the role. 

"Right now, I'm just trying to get the rust off," said Dunham.  "It takes a while to get your timing going after four months off.  Hopefully, I can get my game to where it needs to be for the exhibition games."

With general manager Garth Snow having spent the last three seasons as a complement to DiPietro, the Islanders could once again lean toward having a veteran presence in the backup role.  Dunham clearly realizes the opportunity and knows a bond between the players at hockey's most important position is vital.

"It certainly helps to have a great relationship," he said.  "Garth and Rick worked well together over the last few years and hopefully now things can work out for me here on the Island.  Obviously, Rick is one of the top goalies in the league and it would be great to work with him and push him to be even better."

Camp also includes netminders Wade Dubielewicz, Chris Madden, Billy Thompson and 23-year old Mike Mole, who stopped 14 of 15 shots in the Blue-White scrimmage on Sunday.

"I don't care if he's 60 or 19 as long as he wins," said head coach Ted Nolan when asked whether age is a factor in deciding his club's backup goaltender.  "It's a position that will require a lot of mental toughness and the ability to stay sharp, both physically and mentally when you're possibly not playing for extended periods of time.  There are definitely jobs to be won and lost at this camp and this is a great example."

As a side note, while writing this edition of "From the Radio Booth," I was reminded of one of the most underrated records in sports history.  Glenn Hall, who spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks, played an NHL-record 552 consecutive games in goal from 1955 to 1962.  Not too bad for a guy who didn't wear a mask and admitted he was constantly nervous before and during games.  Even with today's superb athletes and talented young netminders in the NHL, Hall's record for not missing a minute of action through over seven seasons is one which will probably never be broken. 

The Islanders are hoping the start of a long streak like Hall's won't be necessary and that their team's "depth" extends into the goal crease.   

 

More from Yarmouth

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

NewYorkIslanders.com is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and NewYorkIslanders.com are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy |  AdChoices |  Terms of Use |  Contact  Us |  Employment |  Webmaster |  NHL.com Terms of Use