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Eric Eisendrath is a former Division One hockey goalie from Brown University and has experience as a soccer, lacrosse, and hockey coach. He also has 20 years of experience in sports television, covering every major league in professional sports and five Olympic Games.

In this video, Eisendrath explains how parents should support their child when they are playing goalie. Being a goalie is especially difficult because many people do not want to deal with the pressure of the position; every goalie needs to know that he or she will be giving up goals. His daughter was a lacrosse goalie, and he made a conscious effort to praise her for her courage of playing that position. Eisendrath also describes how goalies learn how to handle immense responsibility, because “no more responsibility than being a goal keeper”