Brion O'Connor

Brion O'Connor – The Goalie Guru – is a hockey lifer and longtime freelance journalist. His love affair with the sport began with street hockey in New Jersey, and blossomed after his family moved to Manchester, N.H., in 1974. He has played ever since, with his career highlight being a scintillating 4-3 win over Congreve for the campus intramural championship at the University of New Hampshire in 1982. He has coached goaltenders for the past 12 years, and is on staff with Brian Daccord's Stop It Goaltending and Bertagna Goaltending. He also serves as a coach and board member for Agawam Youth Hockey on Boston's North Shore.

In addition to his work with the New England Hockey Journal, he covers college hockey for He shares a cottage in Hamilton, MA, with his wife, two daughters, a rambunctious Labrador retriever, two cats, and far too much goalie gear.

Mar 9, 2015 The Goalie Guru: Pet peeves on the state of hockey
Feb 16, 2015 NEHJ XX: Top 10 personalities from Hockey Journal’s 20 years
Feb 14, 2015 The Goalie Guru: The right way to broach ‘playing time’
Jan 30, 2015 The Goalie Guru: Variety a necessary spice in the coaching stew
Dec 16, 2014 The Goalie Guru: A holiday wish list for goalies young and old
Nov 29, 2014 The Goalie Guru: Stop mauling goalies in practice
Oct 27, 2014 The Goalie Guru: Embrace the power of a simple hug
Sep 30, 2014 The Goalie Guru: What I learned at summer camp
Aug 11, 2014 The Goalie Guru: There’s no breaking the Goalies’ Union
Jul 31, 2014 The Goalie Guru: Lacrosse lends a lesson in goalie management
Jul 29, 2014 Mass Hockey votes to fund Look-Up Line implementation
Jun 23, 2014 Look-Up Line aimed at safety on the ice
Jun 23, 2014 The Goalie Guru: Growth mindset can cultivate a champion
Jun 11, 2014 Goalie Guru: Lessons learned from goaltenders behaving badly
May 9, 2014 The Goalie Guru: Taking time off won't stunt growth
Apr 1, 2014 The Goalie Guru: Coaches must be teachers
Jan 30, 2014 The Goalie Guru: Your gear, your responsibility
Jan 14, 2014 From NEHJ: The legacy of Lake Placid
Nov 27, 2013 Goalie Guru: Hidden dangers of overt practice celebrations
Nov 17, 2013 Women's Hockey: The State of the Game
Oct 30, 2013 Goalie Guru: Wanderlust is not the best trait
Sep 27, 2013 The Goalie Guru: An old goaltender and his dog
Sep 12, 2013 A Terrier Retrospective: Parker talks career, changes
Sep 1, 2013 The Hockey Dad: Commitment is not a four-letter word
Aug 5, 2013 Goalie Guru: Bouncing back, developing mental toughness
May 17, 2013 The Goalie Guru: A pair of goalies we can admire
May 6, 2013 The Goalie Guru: Camps can solve auto-body shop approach
Apr 3, 2013 The Goalie Guru: The concept of team
Mar 4, 2013 The Goalie Guru: Getting the balance right for young goalies
Feb 6, 2013 The Goalie Guru: Overcoming fear a big part of goalie's job
Dec 31, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Desperate measures
Nov 29, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Think outside the box for warmups
Oct 14, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Why coaches must preach 'team'
Sep 22, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Why every player should get in the net
Aug 18, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Playing goalie requires parent commitment
Jul 27, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Tips for getting the most out of your gear
Jun 25, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Teamwork a forgotten concept for Thomas
May 18, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Lessons from the Heights and the NCAAs
Apr 18, 2012 The Goalie Guru: What goalie camps will and won't do for you
Mar 21, 2012 From NEHJ: Danbury's graybeard goalie still going strong
Feb 29, 2012 From NEHJ: Federal Hockey League goes back to the future
Feb 27, 2012 The Goalie Guru: On skating, rebounds and tempers
Jan 31, 2012 The Goalie Guru: Not my fault!
Dec 18, 2011 The Goalie Guru: On equal playing time and riding the pine
Nov 27, 2011 The Goalie Guru: Hands-on coaches can get back to basics
Oct 24, 2011 The Goalie Guru: Keep drills realistic with one puck
Oct 6, 2011 From NEHJ: Dennehy is Merrimack's miracle worker
Sep 21, 2011 The Goalie Guru: Never underestimate a good mask
Aug 16, 2011 From NEHJ: Bruins' Cup win may spur hockey renaissance
Aug 9, 2011 The Goalie Guru: There's no way to measure heart
Jul 25, 2011 The Goalie Guru: A goalie's guide to buying new equipment
Jul 18, 2011 The Goalie Guru: If the pads, gloves and skates fit
Jun 14, 2011 From NEHJ: Get in goalie shape with these exercises
May 22, 2011 The Goalie Guru: For goalies, it's about the goals
Apr 15, 2011 From NEHJ: Pee Wee checking may take a hit
Apr 13, 2011 The Goalie Guru: Summer goals change for goalies
Mar 8, 2011 The Goalie Guru: Coaching and motivation require balancing act
Feb 15, 2011 The Goalie Guru: Are you sure your child wants to be a goalie?
Jan 27, 2011 Backyard rinks are way of life
Jan 27, 2011 Childhood memories spur rise of outdoor hockey
Jan 17, 2011 The Goalie Guru: Taking the pain out of the gear game