Making the saves

The Baltimore Sun

When he was 3, St. Paul's goalie Tyler Kapp talked his father, Tom, into buying him an action figure of Colorado Avalanche Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy. Kapp learned to skate and was in goal the next year. On Friday, Kapp, who has a 3.2 grade point average, led the Crusaders (16-1-1) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship with a 9-2 win over St. Mary's. In his second season on varsity, he finished 14-1-1 with a .940 save percentage, allowing 1.5 goals per game.

How is the goalie position so unique?

It's a lot different from other positions in sports. Basically, goaltending in about any sport is all about quickness. It's not about great speed or endurance and it's also not about being really built or anything. It's all about quickness, reacting to the puck, reading the play and knowing where it is going to go. What do you enjoy most about playing in goal?

The best part is making a great save and then watching the player's reaction. Usually you can give a little wink to him. What was your best moment from hockey?

I wasn't on the ice when I actually achieved it, but it was an ice hockey accomplishment. And that was making the [USA Junior National Camp in Minnesota last summer] - that's probably my biggest achievement. I remember we were watching the computer, scrolling down to see if the names were posted and we saw my name and I just jumped up and screamed. I remember running to the living room and falling on my face. I was just real excited. What was that experience like?

When I first went, I was asking all the other players: "Are these the best kids in the country?" and "Is this the top level of hockey in the country?" The answer was yes. If I can make it back this year, I will try out for the U.S. World Juniors, which is like the Junior Olympics. What is your training regimen like?

I usually do about two to three hours of training every night - homework squeezes its way in there, too. We have synthetic ice in the basement. It's not actual ice, but it's plastic with a special coating you can skate on. I do a bunch of movement drills and we also have a tennis ball machine that shoots at about 80 or 90 miles per hour, so you get some pretty quality shots coming in. What is it about Patrick Roy?

He was something special to watch. With the Avalanche goalies now, not to demean them, but I don't have the same confidence that the puck is just not going to go in the net. With Roy I always had that feeling, you could just tell by the way he played, he was always confident in that he knew he was the best. He just exuded confidence. What was it like meeting Roy?

It came in Dallas after a 3-2 loss. [Former Avalanche coach] Bob Hartley has a camp in York, Pa., and I got to know him real well. He invited us to a bunch of Avalanche games and tried to get us down in the locker room to meet Patrick ... I had practiced for months exactly what I was going to say to him. So we finally get a chance and I don't say anything to him. I'm just in awe in amazement, so I actually said nothing to him. I just froze. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully playing professionally in the NHL, making a living doing that. What are things you have to do to make that a possibility?

You just got to keep plugging away, keep doing the training, keep going to the ice hockey camps. ... I just try to improve every day. This year, I'm way better than I was last year and last year I was way better than the year before that.

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