Advice from The Richmond Hill Lightning’s Goaltending

Ashley Steele, wearing number 31, has been with the Richmond Hill Lightening since the 2009/2010 Ringette season. In 2009, Steele was drafted to the Richmond Hill Lightning, and still plays here today!

‘One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received is "don’t sweat the small stuff". There are a lot of things that happen through out the game that are out of your control. As a goalie, if you focus on everything that goes wrong that you can’t control then it’s really easy to get off your game, so stay focused on the things you can control.’

Ashley Miller, wearing number 1, has been with the Richmond Hill Lightening since the 2012/2013 Ringette season. Miller entered the draft and this is her 4th season with RHL and 18th year of Ringette.

‘Don’t let the usual things that people say about goalies become habit. You should still be a good skater; you should still be in shape. Keep up good habits (like using your power leg) in practice. Make sure to work on your mental game. Speak up in practice if you want to work on something. If someone wants you to change a major aspect of your playing style don’t let him or her. If you are a stand-up style goalie, you can play that way, you don’t need to play a butterfly style. If you throw with your stick hand that’s okay, just make sure you keep practicing making it work. Recognize that you have areas you need to improve in and within your personal playing style close that gap. Communicate with your defense in the triangle. Let them know where the offensive players are. It will cut down on the shots taken, and the number of quality shots.’ 

Tessa Seeley, wearing number 30, joined Richmond Hill this season through the draft. She started playing Ringette when she was 8 at the provincially. She has demonstrated how dedication and hard work has helped her achieve her dreams and allowed her to overcome the challenge of competing against more experienced goaltenders.

‘Never give up and work hard for what you love, for what you love is who you are. Have fun with it. Never give up and learn from each other, grow as a team, make life friends, and watch yourselves succeed.’