EYECANDYAIR was able to catch up with a member of our goalie family
Alex Horawski from Ontario- Canada
To do this special exclusive one-on-one interview!
ECA: What inspired you to be a goalie?
AH: I was inspired to be a goalie because of Martin Brodeur and the whole focus of being the most important player on the ice. And, I liked playing in net when given the chance and thought it was a good idea to be a goalie.
ECA: How old were you when you started?
AH: I was 6 years old when I started playing goal.
ECA: What is the highest level you have played?
AH: I play at the AAA level of hockey.
ECA: Did you ever have a goalie coach?
AH: Yes, my goalie coaches are Dave Dolecki and Bujar Amidovski of The Crease.
ECA: What style of goaltending do you play?
AH: I play a butterfly style of goaltending.
ECA: How many times a week do you play?
AH: I am on the ice 4 to 5 times a week.
ECA: What are your strengths?
AH: My strengths are my glove hand and rebound control.
ECA: Care to add weaknesses?
AH: My weakness right now is handling the puck.
ECA: Who is your favourite NHL goalie?
AH: I have two favourite NHL goalies. One is Cam Ward and the other is Pekka Rinne because they can carry a team if they need to. I also like Braydon Holtby and Jonathan Quick - two young goalies that carried their teams this past season.
ECA: What type of gear are you wearing?
AH: I wear Arcadi gloves and pads with a Bauer chest protector, RYR goalie pants and Bauer skates.
ECA: What kind of mask are you currently wearing?
AH: I currently wear a T3 Sportmask.
ECA: What was the inspiration behind your goalie mask design?
AH: It is my heritage. It is the Polish White Eagle from the Polish coat-of-arms which has been around for over seven centuries. I was inspired to choose it as my mask design because it symbolizes power and victory.
ECA: Do you have any game superstitions?
AH: I have to do the exact same thing every gameday. I follow the same routine when I get up in the morning, eat the same meals, do the same pre-warm-up and put my equipment on in the same order before each game..
ECA: Any advice to other goalies out there?
AH: Have fun and don't let anyone put you down. You play much better when you are enjoying yourself - not criticizing yourself and letting other people put you down.
ECA: Anything else you'd like to add?
AH: Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Always try your hardest to achieve your dreams.
You can check out Alex in action showing off his moves on our youtube channel!
Alex, that was so much fun! Thanks for taking time to chat with us and share your goaltending experiences and thoughts for all to read. Best of luck on the ice and enjoy your EYECANDYAIR custom painted goalie mask!
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