Toughest Position in Team Sports
by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy
Nothing compares physically, mentally and emotionally
I've never been a goalie.
In fact, I don't think I've ever even put on the pads.
Nonetheless, I believe that hockey goalie is the toughest position in all of team sports. So here's my very unscientific analysis of why it's so hard to be a goalie.
Value to the team is only a part of it
I've coached hockey for many years and understand the value that an elite goaltender brings to a team.
Put simply: You can't win a championship without a championship-caliber goaltender.
But other sports have positions that will have a similar value to a team. No team wins in football without an exceptional quarterback. Championship baseball teams need world-class pitching.
So it has to be more than just that.