As part of the Hockey at Home Series, Hockey Alberta will publish a weekly video focused on goaltender skills drills that can be done at home.
This week, Team Alberta alumna, University of Calgary Dinos goaltender Dayna Owen shows how to practice recoveries and crease movement. Check back every Saturday for the latest goalie skills video!
Recoveries and Crease Movement
Oftentimes, goaltenders do not get the opportunity to practice good recovery habits in drills during the season. Now is the perfect time to work on good habits that can help get you ready for next season!
Being able to recover and move across the crease efficiently is a key element to having your feet ready and set for the next shot. You can isolate your recovery and agility skills, or you can combine them with tracking exercises to your glove and blocker. In season and during team drills these skills, without deliberate focus and repetitions, can be easily overlooked which will ultimately limit performance. This drill can be done with a puck or a ball, whichever works best for your training. When practicing these skills, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- Start in an down/butterfly stance – Chest up, weight over your knees, eyes downward, chin in front of knees
- Hands away from the body, blocker and glove are positioned in front of the body. Elbows are bent and hands are ready.
- To rotate to start your recovery, think head, hands, hips;
- Eyes and head turn to look where the goalie is going (new target)
- Hands begin to move together towards the next target (remember: elbows stay against the body)
- Lead leg pulls under the body and squares the hips up to the next target
- Once you have rotated, get up and push with the outside/back leg
- Stop using the lead leg
- Make sure to square up your shoulders to the “shooter” (or ball being thrown)
- Push yourself to set your feet prior to the “shot”
- Make sure to track the puck all the way into your blocker (or glove)
- If you do not catch it, square up to the rebound to practice good habits
- Make sure to do this on both sides (glove and blocker)
- To progress this drill:
- Have the “shooter” move to different positions to simulate shorter/larger pushes across
- Incorporate up/down movements to simulate getting in and out of the butterfly (knee pads encouraged)
- Reaction balls can be bounced off of the ground towards the goaltender
- Obstacles can be placed to simulate a screen (depending on the skill set of the goaltender)
Change up the footwork patterns (smaller shuffles, bigger T-Push-like cross-crease movements, etc)
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