By Woody Wommack
ESTERO — They say it takes a different type of personality to play goalie in professional hockey. Anyone willing to repeatedly throw their body in front of 80 to 100 mph slap shots 30 times a game has to be a little off in the first place.
Florida Everblades goalie Chris Beckford-Tseu is no exception. The quiet 25-year-old often keeps to himself both on and off the ice. He never get too high after a good win or too low after a bad loss.
In a season where the Everblades have had plenty of ups and downs — including losing goalies Mike Morrison and Barry Brust to AHL call-ups — Beckford-Tseu’s laid-back personality could be just what the team needs as it heads toward the playoffs.
“I coached against Chris when he first came out as a pro when he was with Alaska and he was unbeatable back then,” Everblades coach Malcolm Cameron said. “I think he had a tough year last year. We’ve put a major burden on him having him play so many games in a row, but he’s really stepping up his level right now.”