A 10-year-old boy named Sudarshan Maharaj often sat in front of his television, eyes trained on the world’s greatest goalie. It was the mid-1970s at the Philadelphia Flyers’ peak, making Bernie Parent the subject of this obsessive study session. Maharaj, born in Trinidad, had moved to Toronto with his family when he was six and quickly found himself drawn to the art of goaltending. Somewhere in his house sat a tattered instructional manual authored by Parent’s idol, Jacques Plante. Both goaltenders excelled because of their unmatched ability to play the angles, and the science of the position had young Maharaj hooked.
He says he treated goaltending like geometry. Maharaj grew up to become a smallish stand-up stopper himself, and the butterfly style had not yet been popularized, so he reli...
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