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Rebound Clearing

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This drill improves the goalie to clear pucks after a bad rebound or when the puck is near the goaltender. It can also be used to increase endurance and puck handling skills


Although this drill is useful in many situations, if the goaltender often gives bad rebounds a rebound control drill should be used to solve the root of the problem rather than relying on this drill to teach the goaltender to clear the bad rebounds.

Place pucks near the goaltender's crease. The goaltender starts in a butterfly position (as if he had just completed a save) he must then get up and skate as fast as possible stopping right in front of the first puck. He then telescopes back to the crease, shuffles to be square with the next puck, falls to the butterfly position and repeats the drill for all remaining pucks.

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  • Shoot on the goaltender (low) to make him go into a butterfly before skating to each of the pucks.
  • The goaltender can clear the pucks out of the zone to practise his puck handling skills.
  • To practise endurance, the drill should be repeated multiple times in a row without stopping.
  • Have a player positionned in the crease area (as if he just shot the puck) which can try and get to the puck before the goaltender. This will make the goaltender decide if there is enough time to clear the puck or if he should play the shot.
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Jean-Michel Roy

15+ Years experience as a goaltender

20+ Years experience playing hockey

Currently a goalie coach for Phil Martin's Goalie Academy.


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