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Rebound Control

Coaches at every level wish their goaltenders controlled rebounds better. Rebound control can be improved by every goalie at every level from youth through pro. Goalies know that they need to control rebounds; but they often don’t know “how”. This article will focus on the overall approach to the shot and post save response in […]

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Blocking VS. Reacting Save Skills

Last article focused on the necessary footwork in order to be squared and set for the shot while maintaining appropriate depth. Before we cover the technical aspect of how to actually make the save we must determine the situation. The butterfly and its variations are the cornerstone of the goalies save skill set, more specifically […]

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The Modern Goaltender

Goaltending has and will continue to change and evolve on an almost daily basis. Goalies and coaches are constantly coming up with new and better techniques to stop the puck more efficiently. Goalies of different sizes and strengths may play the same situation differently, resulting in a variety of goaltending “styles”. With that being said […]

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Edgework for Goalies

For years everyone has heard that goalies need to be good skaters, perhaps the best on the team. This is still true, but too often overlooked. Goalie specific crease movements should be quick and efficient. Unfortunately, many young goalies that haven’t been trained properly are sometimes the worst skaters on the team. Being a poor […]

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Improve Puck Tracking

In previous articles we discussed the necessary footwork, basic positioning, and save techniques required to give the goaltender the best possible chance to make the save.

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Handling the Puck

Handling the puck is an important but often overlooked skill for goaltenders in today’s game.  This is an area of weakness for the majority of youth level goaltenders.   They either leave too many rims or turn the puck over too much.   In many cases coaches get frustrated with the turnovers so they discourage the goalie […]

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Net Play Evolution

There have been recent advances in save techniques goalies use on plays around the net.  I consider net plays as any shot or risk of a shot from the bottom of the circles to behind the net.  See diagram below.  The new save technique is called a “Post Lean” or “Reverse VH”. When used properly […]

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