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NEW MEXICO REPORT Santa Fe’s Barliant continuing New Mexico youth to benefit from to progress at Sacred Heart Elite Concepts Goalie Training

By Matt Mackinder

By Matt Mackinder

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ackson Barliant made the most of his playing time this past season at NCAA Division I Sacred Heart University. The lone New Mexico native in all of men’s and women’s D-I hockey this season, Barliant compiled six goals and eight points in 38 games in his junior season for the Pioneers. “This past season was definitely somewhat of a rebuilding year for us as a team as we lost 10 seniors the previous year,” said the Santa Fe native. “Despite this, I would say overall the coaching stuff and us as players thought this year was definitely a step in the right direction. On a personal level, I would say that this year has been the most successful of my three years at SHU. “I would definitely attribute my success this year to the environment myself and the other upperclassmen were able to create in the locker room. Even during lows in the season, everyone came to the rink every day with a desire to work and improve. As a team, I think we are very excited for next season. We feel that we came together very well as a team this past season and have created a very solid foundation for a successful season next year.” On the academic end, Barliant is double majoring in Finance and Economics with a minor in Mathematics and a minor in Business Analytics. “Academically, this year was the most demanding and definitely called for a heightened amount of dedication to studying,” said Barliant. “Overall, I was very happy with my academics this year and was very intrigued by my classes.” Barliant also offered advice for the growing number of youth hockey players in New Mexico. “Just stick with it,” said Barliant. “Obviously, New Mexico is not a hockey hotbed, but as a young hockey player, if you have a passion for the game and are willing to put in the work needed to be a successful hockey player, I believe that you can be successful regardless of where you are from.”

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or New Mexico youth hockey players looking to hone their goaltending skills that don’t want to travel far, Elite Concepts Goalie Training offers in-state coaching and teaching. Based in Santa Fe, Elite Concepts Goalie Training is run by owner-director Shelley Payne. “Elite Concepts is founded on the belief that while certain movement patterns and technical skills make goaltending easier, and while styles of play and points of emphasis may change, the most successful goalies are the ones who can combine individual athletic strengths with technical mastery across styles, who can read, react, and influence situations in real time, and who see save selections as simply tools to stop the puck,” said Payne. “Goaltending is simple – keep the puck in front of you.” Payne has played professionally with the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, as well as in Sweden. Prior to that, she was a Clarkson Cup champion with the Minnesota Whitecaps and played four years at NCAA Division III Colby College. “My mom moved to New Mexico while I was playing college hockey, so I have been training on and off in Santa Fe since around 2007,” said Payne. “New Mexico has some good facilities and I think a lot of underappreciated talent and potential among its players. I think you have to have a comfort level with a location and I’m really excited to commit to basing things out of New Mexico.” Elite Concepts hosts Santa Fe Youth Hockey Association clinics on Mondays at the Chavez Center and summer clinics start June 9 with a camp scheduled for July 27-29, also in Santa Fe. “I love goaltending and I bring a true passion and intellectual curiosity about the position to my coaching,” Payne said. “I always try to connect drills to actual game situations that correlate to whatever level the goalie is aspiring to playing. My career has been varied and I think that I can also bring perspective and guidance to goalies looking to compete at the higher levels.”

Arizona Rubber Magazine - May 2018  

This month's issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine features the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ) on the cover!

Arizona Rubber Magazine - May 2018  

This month's issue of Arizona Rubber Magazine features the Inline Hockey Association of Arizona (IHAAZ) on the cover!