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, former Team Alberta netminder Dayna Owen shows how to practice pulling the puck off the boards and passing. Check back every Saturday for the latest goalie skills video!
Pulling the Puck off the Boards and Passing
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 pull the puck off the boards, move it away from pressure and up the boards to one of your teammates can assist your team in breaking the puck out of your own zone. Try isolating this skill, without deliberate focus and repetitions it 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.
- Start in an athletic stance - bent ankles/knees, chest up and back straight
- Hands away from the body, blocker is positioned at the butt end 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
- Legs are bent and feet pivot as you make the pass
- Obstacles can be placed to simulate a defender (depending on the skill set of the goaltender)
- To progress this drill:
- Head is up to read options to make the pass
- Do this on your backhand
- Have someone flash que cards
- Have someone flash a different number of fingers every 2-3 seconds
- Identify various things in your environment to cycle between
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