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 passing fro a butterfly position. Check back every Saturday for the latest goalie skills video!
Passing from a Butterfly Position
Now is the perfect time to improve your puck-handling and passing, this drill can assist you in improving your passing skills as you get ready for next season!
Being able to control a dump in on net and make a quick pass to your teammates can assist your team in breaking the puck out of your own zone. In season and during team drills these skills, without deliberate focus and repetitions, can be easily overlooked which will ultimately limit performance. When practicing this skill try to keep the eyes up as much as possible, there will always be a need to “check” the puck but push yourself to keep your eyes up, when possible, to be able to scan and evaluate incoming forecheckers. 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.
- Establish visual connection on the puck and track the puck all the way into your or glove – eyes remain on the puck all the way in.
- Once the puck is in your glove, turn your glove down towards the ground and move your glove towards the ground to place the puck on the ground.
- You want to do this quickly and with some force so that once the puck makes contact with the ground and so it will lay flat while in your glove.
- Avoid dropping the puck down as it can roll and make it more difficult to control.
- Take your glove off the ground, come back up in your butterfly to complete the passing sequence.
- For the passing portion: hands are away from the body, blocker is positioned mid-way up the shaft of the stick and the glove hand is positioned in an inverted grip above the paddle of the stick
- The glove can rotate to a standard player grip on the stick – based on the skill set of the goaltender
- Glove hand applies downward pressure and prepares to pass the puck
- Sweep the puck along the surface and pass towards your target
- To progress this drill:
- Head is up to read options to make the pass
- Do this on your backhand – this motion would be more of a sweep pass on your backhand
- Have someone flash a different number of fingers every 2-3 seconds
- Place obstacles to encourage saucer passes
- Incorporate footwork patterns prior to the butterfly & dump in/”shot” (smaller shuffles, bigger T-Push like cross crease movements, etc)
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