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Glove Positioning

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Defending tips

Defending Tips

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Basic Stance

Finding your stance

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Reacting vs Blocking

Reacting vs Blocking

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Screens

Screens

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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Zone Awareness

Zone Awareness

[ap_divider color=”#cf1502″ style=”solid” thickness=”1px” width=”100%” mar_top=”20px” mar_bot=”20px”] 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 […]

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