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 moving across the crease and passing. Check back every Saturday for the latest goalie skills video!
Moving Across the Crease & Tracking
Now is the perfect time to improve your footwork, agility and tracking, this drill can assist you in improving your skills as you get ready for next season!
Being able to move across the crease, get your feet set and square before the shot is a key element to save selection. You can isolate your footwork 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 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.
- Head stays level during shuffle movements (no bobbing up and down)
- Both hips face forward and square up with your target
- Make sure to square up your shoulders to the “shooter” (or ball being thrown)
- Set your feet prior to the “shot”
- Make sure to track the puck all the way into your 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 someone flash a different number of fingers every 2-3 seconds at the mid-way point
- 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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