Corey Crawford has short-term memory. Maybe not in everyday situations, but when Crawford is on the ice, everything negative slips away. Evidently it works because he has spent a successful decade with the Blackhawks as a goaltender. "Nothing bothers him," goaltending coach Jimmy Waite said Saturday during the 10th-annual Blackhawks Convention at the Hilton Chicago. "He just plays, gets in the goal and forgets about it. It's a hard thing to do." Waite would know. He played goalie for parts of 11 seasons in the NHL, eight in Chicago. He joined the Blackhawks' staff in 2014. The first thing Waite looks for in a goaltender is consistency. "Bad goals kill a team," Waite said. "It's hard to win when you give a bad goal, so stay away from those and always give the team a chance to win every night." Behind Crawford this season will be Anton Forsberg, who signed a two-year contract in June. Forsberg was acquired from the Blue Jackets with a 4.02 goals-against average and .879 save percentage in 10 career games. Crawford has a 2.37 average and .918 percentage in 381 games.
Corey Crawford's 'forgetfulness' impresses Blackhawks goaltending coach Jimmy Waite
Chicago Tribune | Jul 23