EYECANDYAIR was able to catch up with a member of our goalie family
Angelo Arias from Davis, CA
To do this special exclusive one-on-one interview!
ECA: What inspired you to be a goalie?
AA: I had played street hockey and floor hockey way back in high school with my buddies, but never on ice. I eventually got to ice hockey, but as a forward just skating in pickups and sticktimes. One day I just got tired of skating and I started pretending I was a goalie in my forward gear. The following week I grabbed some old bantam level gear (still fit me, goes to show how truly short/small I am) from a friend of mine who used to play and used it at the sticktime. The rest is history! It's really the position I was meant to play
ECA: How old were you when you started?
AA: I got interested in hockey when I was 13... didn't ice skate till I was 20, and started goaltending (on ice) at 24.
ECA: What is the highest level you have played?
AA: College hockey! (PCHA)
ECA: Did you ever have a goalie coach?
AA: I have one now, and have had several goalies lend me advice at sessions since I am still relatively new to the position. It's been great how supportive almost all of those goalies have been.
ECA: What style of goaltending do you play?
AA: Hmm, if this was 1993 I'd be considered a flopper. I'm butterfly, but probably only because I can't be called a standup at all. And I hate Hasek.
ECA: How many times a week do you play?
AA: I typically play 3 times a week, up to 6, depending on whether other teams need me to fill in (beer league).
ECA: What are your strengths?
AA: Nobody can say that I ever give up on a play.
ECA: Care to add weaknesses?
AA: I have to play bigger.
ECA: Who is your favourite NHL goalie?
AA: Curtis Joseph. It shows in my puckhandling and flopping.
ECA: What type of gear are you wearing?
AA: I'm wearing a Stacey Composites mask, along with TPS Xceed Lundqvist pads and I'm absolutely bananas for the new Itech 12.8 gloves.
ECA: Do you have any game superstitions?
AA: Not really superstitions, but I do like to run before games and I like tapping the posts pretty frequently.
ECA: Any advice to other goalies out there?
AA: Ain't never too late to start. Oh, and EYECANDYAIR rules. They take awesome care of you!
Angelo, 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 brand new EYECANDYAIR custom painted goalie mask!
If you are a member of the EYECANDYAIR family and would like to be a featured goalie, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org