Thursday, 03 May 2012 12:03

Skating drill - The box

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This drill is a great warmup for goaltenders. It can also be used to practise skating (T-push and shuffle) and the hybrid slide. 


The goaltender starts on one of the posts and pushes to the top of the box (this can be done in a single T-push, a single shuffle or multiple shuffles depending on goaltender strength). The goaltender then pushes across the crease and finally pushes back to his post. The drill is then repeated in the reverse direction.

goalie warmup skate box

Full drill path:

goalie warmup skate box path


  • Shots can be fired when the goaltender reaches the top of the box
  • The goaltender can be instructed to fall into a butterfly at each corner of the box and get back up quickly before pushing to the next location. (Shots can be fired when going into the butterfly at the top corners)
  • The drill can be run with the goaltender always in a butterfly (using the hybrid slide to move)


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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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