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Glove Positioning

Basic Stance
Glove positioning Perhaps the most exciting of goalie saves to both make and witness is a glove save. The proper execution of the glove save has seen a number of evolutions in both preference, style, equipment features and types of new scoring threats the game of hockey has developed. As the most mobile piece of equipment goaltenders have. It is very easy for the glove to find itself in less than ideal positions. The ideal glove save will be described in a way that accounts for the newest cat...
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Defending Tips

Defending tips
Defending Tips In hockey one of the most effective ways at beating a goaltender is to change the direction of the shot on goal by tipping the puck. Tips along with unintentional deflections or even a threat of a tip can prove to be a challenging play for goaltenders to master. As players become better at executing tip plays it becomes increasingly important for goaltenders to not only anticipate tips but also make correct save selections to defend the tip. Below we outline three key skills wh...
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Finding your stance

Basic Stance
Basic StanceAs in all sports, the likelihood of success and consistency can most often be traced back to the quality of a fundamental stance. There are many similarities between a goaltender’s stance and athletic starting stances seen across all sports. Below, I have outlined five significant areas of the stance that need to be consistently coached and evaluated to ensure a quality stance is ingrained into the muscle memory of a goaltender. Slight variations should be made based on...
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Reacting vs Blocking

Reacting vs Blocking
Blocking vs Reactionary Goaltending As the goaltender position evolves terms like “blocking goalie” became more popular. Based on the idea that you need to take up as much room as possible, and the pucks should just hit you. Soon shooters started finding ways around these blocking goalies, and blocking was replaced with a more reactionary/athletic style that became more popular and successful. Today there is still a lot of confusion between what blocking is and when to use it. The people ...
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Screens

Screens
Screens are one of the toughest parts of being a goalie. When you have someone in your face it can be irritating and getting scored on by a shot you cannot see may make you feel helpless. If you have trouble with screens you are not alone. At every level of hockey goalies are continuously working on getting better at making saves when they cannot see the puck the whole time. As you progress through hockey you will find more people taking your eyes away. There is no perfect way to approach scr...
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Zone Awareness

Zone Awareness
What qualities or characteristics do the elite goalies have? Throughout my nearly ten years of coaching, I have often been asked, “What qualities or characteristics do the elite goalies have? ”The most expected answers are “size”, “speed”, “athleticism”, or “perfect technique”. Now don’t get me wrong all of these things are good, and can help you become a better goalie. However, you can have all of these skills and still not be elite. The one skill I have seen in every elite goalie is the abi...
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