The goalie is, once again, a thinking, moving organism

Updated: September 29, 2006, 4:44 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

And so we bid adieu to the era of the Stepford Goalie.

You know the ones. Tall, angular, technically perfect as though they were a distant cousin to Hal from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Mark the shooter's angle, glide to the top of the crease, drop, block shot. Retreat. Repeat.

Back in the day, those goalies were turned out by goalie factories in Quebec, and later in Finland, in a fashion that would have made Ford or GM envious. And they did so because the game encouraged it, ...

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