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What's up for 2023. Every once in a while, I get someone mailing me asking if I'm still here. Yup, and I'm never going away. Eventually, I will get Overdrive legalized. In the meantime and by the end of the year, I'll have a new, all-in-one blade to replace both Overdrive1+2 and fit all skates.

About the site. I relied heavily on Flash, and with Adobe ending support of it, all of the Flash pieces on the site are dead. Converting them is a giant pain, so I'll have to rebuild the pages, and I'm starting by taking another run at the 'injuries' page. The message about Overdrive preventing injury has not penetrated, so I'll take some of the blame and try to explain it better. The new page clarifies things and should help a lot. The 'play analysis' piece that I had mixed in is now on its own page at 'reading plays', and I'm looking forward to expanding that page because I like working on that stuff.

!New Pricing! The ordering page has details. I finally changed my pricing and also made it more convenient to buy Overdrive. 1 pair of (either) blades is $30.00, 2 pairs (of either) are $50.00. On the 2-fer, you can also team up with a friend anywhere, and if you buy the older Overdrive, you qualify for an upgrade if you get skates without a cowling. If you prefer etransfer, I'm at my one and only email address:

Also, I'm not on any social media and do not plan on it. There are only so many hours in a day. However, my phone number is up above, so do not hesitate to call or text, because I always have time to talk about goaltending or the blade. If I'm on the ice or busy, leave a message and I'll get back to you ASAP.

!New! Overdrive once again fits all skates.
There are now two versions of the blade: Overdrive1, the old version for skates with a cowling, one size fits all (above left), and Overdrive2, the new version for all skates without a cowling, one size fits all (above right), with install instructions here or in the menu to the left. Both blades are the same price and use the same hardware; the holes are just placed differently. When you order, be sure to tell me what skates you have and what blade you need, but I'll be checking anyway. The final install for either should protrude from the side of the boot almost the same, give or take a mil.

!!!Please Note!!! One blade does not fit on the other kind of skate. Overdrive2 will not fit on a cowling skate. And do not ever put Overdrive1 on a no-cowling skate either to use as is, or to grind down later. Grinding down reduces the length of the blade and reduces its coverage. I tried that and booted out, right into an injury.


Mobility: All I hear now from goalies who haven't used Overdrive is that if you wear the new no-cowling skates you don't need it. When I launched Overdrive, everyone who hadn't tried the blade was telling me you didn't need it. They were guessing. They were wrong then. They're wrong now.
You will always need Overdrive because you can never have enough angle of attack. The new skates removed the cowling and raised the blade, improving the angle of attack from 45° down to about 30°, which is nice but not enough. You can easily reach that angle by:

—widening out to 30°,
—rolling your ankle down to 30°,
—angling your leg down to 30°,
—or by a combination of all 3, which is what usually happens, leaving you out of edge and needing more. You'll either have to stop the move or boot out and possibly strain something.

With Overdrive, you get edge down to about 10° for solid pushes on every move you make, on your feet or while down. For decades now, Overdrive has been used by thousands of goalies at all levels, from beginners needing help with their edges right up to pros with extremely demanding moves. Today, goaltending has never been so intense, and with forwards always innovating, you can't just game up, you have to get ahead. Be there with Overdrive to make the move.

Safety:Goaltending is bad for your body. The widening-out moves inevitably cause injury because the legs and hips are built to swing forward and back. Goaltending moves go against this natural motion to stress body parts not built for heavy action. For example, the groin muscles are made to be stabilizers that keep the legs in line, but goaltending forces them to become load-bearing and endure constant use. Breakdown anywhere from the hips to the knees will happen because goalies widen out explosively, thousands of times a year. In addition, goalie skates do not offer secure footing on these moves. As you widen out, the ball of the foot is driven into the ice and can lever the blade up, causing a bootout, a sudden slipping of the foot that widens you even more.

Above is a good example of a bootout. It's Quick's injury on Oct. 13/16, with his right leg booting out as he tries to push off while down. The injury ruined his season, and he has not been the same since, with only occasional flashes of his all-star form. Goalie injuries often result from an accumulation of minor strains, ending with a full-scale injury on a seemingly simple move. You can see a number of these on the Injuries 2 page. Here, the bootout isn't bad because not a lot of weight is on his right leg when it slides out - he's on his knees and the left knee is taking most of his weight. Injuries like this are the result of a long process, with the damage having developed through constant widening out.

Overdrive gives you rock-solid safety by securing your footing to reduce or even eliminate bootouts. It also allows you to control your widening out and even not to use it by keeping you on your feet, thereby limiting the cumulative wear and tear that leads to injury from your core down to your knees. Only Overdrive protects you as you widen out.

0verdrive is still outlawed in the pros, so franchise goalies are still going down, still having their careers shortened by the same old injuries.