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 crease movement and screens. Check back every Saturday for the latest goalie skills video!
Crease Movement & Screens
Oftentimes, goaltenders do not get the opportunity to practice good 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 move across the crease efficiently and setting your feet all while managing screens can be a difficult component for goaltenders to master. You can isolate working on screens, or you can combine them with some footwork. 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 athletic stance - bent ankles/knees, chest up and back straight
- 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 movement, remember your eye lead that we worked on in last weeks recovery drill.
- Set your feet square, maintain a good knee bend and look around the “screen”
- Once the “shot” is taken, 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)
- You can creative on the obstacles you use for a screen!
- 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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