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Why Finland Produces So Many NHL Goalies


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Meditative longread about Urpo Ylönen, a 70 year old ice hockey goalie coach who might be the Yoda of his profession.

"And so you skate onto the ice and into this net, toward which rugged northern men with missing teeth shoot hard frozen rubber from misleading angles at upwards of 100 mph. Your failure to stop a shot triggers, in very short succession, the flash of a bright-red light—like a police light—directly behind your head, the eruption of a deafening horn, and the jarring rise of 20,000 fanatics above, celebrating your failure and, not infrequently, chanting your name derisively, hoping to instigate your mental breakdown."

Sending this to my dad. He's had season tickets to the Philadelphia Flyers longer than he's had me...

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