Goaltender techniques

Goaltender techniques (2)

Description of various goaltender techniques. Each technique is described in detail to help you add it to your skills. If you have a technique you want us to add, let us know!

Friday, 05 October 2012 18:44

The T-Push

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The T-push is a core mobility technique for a goaltender. It is a quick movement used over relatively long distances (within the crease). It is usually used to follow the puck during a pass. The goaltender must be aware that he may have to transition to a butterfly slide should the pass become a one-timer.

  1. To perform the T-Push dig your inside skate edge into the ice with the leg (outside leg) opposite to the direction of travel.
  2. Transfer all your weight to the outside leg.
  3. Turn the inside skate so it points in the direction of travel.
  4. Turn your body towards the location you want to move to.
  5. Push off with the outside leg.
  6. When you reach the required location, stop using the inside leg.
  7. Re-position your legs to square off with the puck.

As you progress, the motion will become fluid with steps 2 to 5 occurring simultaneously.

A few points to note:

  • The technique is performed from the basic stance.
  • Lead with your stick!
  • Move only the legs, the upper body should not move other than the initial rotation to stay square with the puck.
  • Quick, powerful pushes, long strides. You should not need to do this technique twice to reach your destination.
  • This technique is not for small adjustments!
  • If you are T-pushing from one post to the top of the crease on the opposite side (crossing the crease completely) you can stop with the same leg that pushed off to stay squared up with the puck. In all other situations, stopping with the same leg will get you out of position.
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 21:19

The Shuffle

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The shuffle technique is one of the most basic and important ones to know as a goaltender. It allows the goaltender to move from side to side while maintaining proper position and is used to remain in position when the puck moves on the ice surface.

  1. To perform the shuffle dig your inside skate edge into the ice with the leg (outside leg) opposite to the direction of travel.
  2. Transfer all your weight to the outside leg.
  3. Once this is done, move the inside leg in the direction you want to travel.
  4. Push off with the outside leg.
  5. Shift your weight back to normal.

As you improve on this technique, the movement should become fluid, steps 2, 3 and 4 should occur almost simultaneously.

A few points to note:

  • Keep both skates facing forward, they should not move from the basic position
  • The technique is performed from the basic stance, the goaltender should be ready for a shot at any moment.
  • The movement involves only the legs, the upper body should always be facing the puck.
  • Skates should always remain in contact with the ice to ensure proper balance.
  • SHORT quick movements, this technique is for small adjustments not large distances
  • The inside skate should be scraping the ice surface (making snow) while moving