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December 10, 2012

Goalie guru

Haverhill's Buckley is a master of coaching keepers

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“I like working with anyone who wants to learn, who is eager to get better,” he said. “Time flies when you work with someone who loves being out there and wants to work hard to get better.

“But working with pros is really fun because there are very few restrictions and, if you teach something, they pick it up quickly.”

With that in mind, Buckley isn’t shy about expressing his ultimate goal.

“I’m hoping to work for the Bruins some day,” he said. “I’ve had opportunities with other NHL teams, but I really want to stay in this area.”

Even if that opportunity never presents itself, however, Buckley is more than satisfied with how his business has grown.

“It’s kind of an odd job to have, but I love it and I love going to work every day,” he said. “It’s a fun job but it’s necessary now.

“It’s unheard of nowadays for goalies not to have specialized goalie training. The game has changed a lot since the 1980s — the equipment, technique, the way it’s played — and goalies need the extra work.”

And Buckley is happy that he’s able to provide it.

Goalie hotbed Our region is a hotbed for high level goalie coaches. Bradford's Mike Buckley is coaching goalies at UNH, operates Goaltending Development Services, is goaltending coach for Pro Ambitions Hockey and was goalie consultant for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jim Logue of North Andover is in his 19th year at Boston College. He was the former North Andover head coach and has also been an assistant at Salem State and Merrimack. Mike Geragosian of North Andover is goalie coach at Boston University and is director of goaltending for USA Hockey His son, Adam Geragosian, has been a goalie coach for the last 10 years. Brian Daccord of North Andover is the former Bruins' goalie coach and wrote the book "Hockey Goaltending."

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