BUT OFF­LINE HE’S SO PRE­PARED”

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In ad­di­tion to show­ing some clips of mem­orsab­ve­les, mboigmweni­nt s, fr­pomst-gSat.mLeouciesl’ebru­ran­tio–nksey– to in­still some feel-good vibes in Bin­ningt­noentm, ti­hnedecor­sacfhrod­mis­pleaaygeud­ea hli­istt orfyl,egsuench­darays Do­minik Hasek, Martin Brodeur and Ed B(rgieealsfm)oueasrn,pdal­caa­cy­coecmdo,pmwapin­li­ises,dhs­mab­veyenpt­th­seer(icrSet­ncaat­narl­geeeysr,Csu­taaplatss-, Vez­ina Tro­phies). The un­der­ly­ing mes­sage

Rfo­er­cBogin­nizineghto­wn, gsraei­datCh­heioc­dano:b“eR.”aise the bar.

Few will ever claim that Binnington, who turned 27 on July 11, lacks con­fi­dence in his abil­i­ties; the icy-cool quote that he gifted to tah­mepm­leesd. i“aYloaustm­spi­grhint­ghi­asvoe­na­ly­roe­nade ofn­mhaim­ny­be­ex­ing cocky,” Ni­chol said. “But off­line he’s so pBrinep­nain­r­getdo.”nIn­tothain­sorte­hgear­rdcl,ieNnict,hoMlacpolm­e pLaer­aefs leg­end Mats Sundin. “I could’ve just handed hsti­imll wa oGualtdo’rvaed­ge­owne­hteon­te­hverHhaell aos­fkFeadm, ea,n”dsahide Ni­chol of Sundin, “but he’d sched­ule reg­u­lar gineBvti­noml­nvyient­dgw­ton­wceitnhtas­s.”Cb­heiocodmo

e ain­ndm­creeLeait­ski­i­en­nwg­gsliys­teo, Ni­chol each off-sea­son. “Our first sum­mer (aonfdtr­tahineinc­gali­en­n2d0a1rs7,”), Is­abidrouCgh­i­todthoe, bwohoik­les Binnington lis­tened. Last sum­mer, by con­trast, Binnington pre­sented Chiodo and Ni­chol with spe­cific ar­eas of his game that head­feslete­neoen­de­v­did­teo iamn­pdr­fo­evlte,onci­ti­h­negicweh. a“St­phee­cific feed­back,” Ni­chol said. “Ev­ery­one (was) saaby­oiunt­g­whoanwtian­m­gat­zoin­bge­hfeaswtear­s,(baut)t phue’ssh­tianl­gkion­fgf hisTphois ti.s” a rel­a­tively new ap­proach for Binnington, re­al­ized along with his sud­den suc­cess. “There’s a rea­son that the elites are

great,” he said. “It comes from putting iIn’ve­wo­brekenevse­reyindgayt­haant­docvoen­rt­tin­huein­lagstocogu­rop­wle. that years, un­der­stand­ing what it takes.” Early

into their time to­gether, Chiodo asked Binnington to rank his sat­is­fac­tion in sev­eral nli­fue­trairteioa­ns – sfruocmh aosnheit­so­hfoivues.e, his car and his

Back then, most of Binnington’s an­swers wehreen ttwhoeys. rHee­vir­seit­sep­don­thde dexmeruc­cihs­edli­affsetrse­un­mtlysmaeid­r.. “BWuet’rsetill­in­moare­be­tot­te­bruisldp,orti,g”hBt?in”ning­ton Sin­tatnhleyBC­luepsc’ edlereb­sr­sait­niogn­ro­con­mt­inEu­veed­nras­gitnhge abtotTtDle­sGanr den­soJgugnyep­1i2zz, aevcer­nusats elimt­teprtey­d­betheer fB­faloic­noen­rdinot­gfh­taotht­nen­wvi­gaish­sit­trineinl­givGbi­naegm­ncte­he7b,leala­sotw4s–h1oistBfh­leueee’tds, tri­umph. “I wanted to fin­ish strong, but it wthast’sas­buarrp-ad­soswednbgy­otahl,e” fhaect­stahi­adt. w“Ie­fwee­olnl.iSkoe I think it’ll be a good first game next year.”

The clock had barely ticked past 1 a.m., but al­ready Binnington was look­ing ahead. TChios­d­toofi­irssat lri­enck­uer­dri­unpg,tthe­myeh.aWdhsent ahe­maond­dest goal for his ca­reer: earn a one-way con­ntreax­ctt yweoar.thGeat­til­neagsth$e1r.e5t­mooilk­liotwni­w­ceitahsin­lotnhge ah­seerx­epjoe­icted;oon­fc­ceo­huers­dei,dt.h“aH­tad­vidi ng’ts­doem­teerthionw­g “toWs­in­tr­nivineg­fothrereCa­ulply, Ihtehlr­pesw­paush­hug­meep,”ahrtey.sFai­ind-. tit­so­hhegeed­tot mpto,ybth­beuecad­tu­dospye’.sIet(v’tseare­tytvooeon)ehswaler­aed­nvet­ers…ty­oIto’su­trahya­jo­radbt afon­rd­mise cisoc­moint­gin­fuoirny­go­tuo.fiAndlemss­y­omn oth­ti­avtaw­tion­rks.s”

i5n0FtFho­er­bNerHuxLaa­m­r­wypin–lewo, wnitl­hyeas­ni1xB-i0gnon­sahilnuieg­t­stoouh­n­taeodaf rrAn­er­ae­iczd­hohnei­das the mile­stone faster than Binnington, who

Rneoeledxe­d­w7at7chg.amHe sco–nhtien­ture­dat­teod sheitmpser­lsf oton­aal goals through­out the sea­son, set­ting time aside to log them on a notepad (or the Notes waph­per­oenI’mhisat,pwhohnaet )I.w“aI nltik­teo rte­oacrhe,f”lehcet,sasiede. “oTf­fak­theaat. Tbhreaat’tsh,wphlat­nIo­duot.”ySoum­re­waerekp,ebru­foil­rdpm­raen­fe­cres-btoas­keede:pfipvreivw­ait­nesu, 1n0tilwhie­ngs.eOt­sththeer­sre, h. e of D20ra1f1te, dBib­nynitnhge­toBn­luheas­dis­neeth­neotnhlyir­d13ro­muind­su­at­evs­esof–NpHriLo­ract­toio2n0–18o–n1e9g.oNaol wal­lo­hwe’seda, tNhor.e1e gth­oiasliseea­w­shoonswe a5s1sm­toarpepte­haar­nan­hcee’dfo­ervtehrepB­la­lyueds dinidan’trken­guol­warth­saeta,”sosanidaBt inany­in­gle­tovnel.w(h“eWnoiwn-, fcohrreaC­malolseeme­nd­dbg. i“ewnT­soe­hf­droak­trwl’os­Bi­at­ci­hd­noonh­pliir.n”se)gs­theonontr.et“dsNuaomt­n­maew­teor,nstl­haote­feeinox--f spaeirdieB­nl­cuee,sbub­tahckeu’sphaJankde­leAdl­liet­nex. t“Ares­maes­lytawrtein­ll,g” ag­boaoluiet,fi­wn­hde­ingy­wouayp­sltaoy r5e0set­toy6o0urgs­aemlf,ecsh, eitc’ks

out of the hockey mind­set.

YI oth­uin­kee­hde’tsofhoau­vne­datnhaetsc­gaopoed. mix right now. It has been mimap­tur­ers­es­biveey­otnod whiasty­chea. rHs.”e’s

A solid first half to the sea­son was re­warded with an All-Star Game sBein­lencit­niogn­ton­in­wfraos­nr­taon­fkead­Sitn. Lthoeuims ic­dr­dowled­o­fatthEent­pearcp­kri­asme oCneg­ntse­tra. rSt­teir­lls, wmitdh-Maa.r9c1h2, wsaivthe tpheer­cBel­nuteas­ge­howld­hi­enng tah­es­liNmHlLeas­deaosvoenr wCoaslo­pradu­osead­toinp timhe­p­oCret­nat­nrta,”l hDeiv­si­saiodn. .“W“Tery­putot ocuorn­stein­lvuees tion laea­gron­odasspIog­toa, sanadte­tah­mat.’sI ih­faivt’es tnhoet cgo­nin­figdeynocu­er iw­namy.y” self to keep work­ing, and it’ll come around

Fur­ther to Allen’s ad­vice, though, Binnington still takes care to bud­get time for him­self. For one thing, he reads. A lot. Ni­chol phoned oBfinCnuir­ntigstoJon­s’sepnhe’ts­maiunt­doib­ni­gion­graap­fahvyo,rkann­od­wis­neg­nt­thaanta‘uC­tuoJ­gor’aw­pahse­doncoepoyf hth­er­ouegsh. Atws ohtiesx­tBslu–eosnhee­ab­doeudt dJaoyw-Znan­thdeth­se­treb­tu­cihld, in­hge owf ash­liepa-hfionpg eMmicphiar­e,l tJho­er­doatnh.e“rItc’asllaed­very strong bmy­inTdim­seGt rbovoekr,”foBrin­m­neirngtr­toain­nes­raitdo.

Re­lent­less

“gIoleiske­ba­tock­re­toad­wa­halot­tIowf ab­sios­garyaipnhg,iew­shoyn­twhe­hy­bepse­toaprle tahre bseusctc.eIsslifkue­l.tIot read peo­ple’s sto­ries of how they got there.”

A“Infdeewl lhikyeisI’tmhactr?eat­ing my own.”

Thead­line as much as pos­spthil­biefliere,edbpuoin­trt­te­hcraapmtre­we­taos­tu­iotth.neI­toswn­im­caesHEY DOWN­PLAYED THE the NHL un­veileM­daiyts 2042-t0e,amsh­pol­ratyly-in­beto­fouret­neaames­nr­tat­nok­fei­d­nib­shy tphoein2t0­s1p9e-r2c0en­steaagseon­in. Weaicth tchoen­fePrengceu­i­nusn, do­er­wn­ti­h­neg ptrhoe­pos­sev­den­ftohr-mbeastt, rMreeoc­coon­r­rtrd­deiainnl Ct­th­haeenaNNdH­HieLLn.,sTw,hoeer­wel­ne­main­gagutceth­head­d2wn4’tiththf-ib­n­teah­sletSizpeo­drtshneelt­e’sngEtlhli otft­te­hFer­piel­d­aym-iannsreer­pieosr­ty­eedt,oanda “erPad­dit­in­tosob­stuhri­ong­wgh tlthoaot­d­k­teo­hde­waPit­te­hints­gaumbi­naetsctph-louafpy-3earns­fod­wrs­maanaidt-,. f‘Taiwr,’o”os­u­ati­doFf rti­herdeme an­gaait­ntshteC­tairm­eye.Price is not

SUD­DENLY SPEC­TAC­U­LAR Binnington went from mi­nor-league goalie to Stan­ley Cup cham­pion last sea­son. But he’s no flash in the pan.

CELEBRITY TURN St. Louis hosted the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, with Binnington front and cen­ter for the fes­tiv­i­ties.

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