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Tips for Goalies

Tips for Goalies

This page provides information specific to the Goalie position and tips for any player interested in being a Goalie.

Goaltender Habits:
  1. Be on top of your b-fly meaning that you are not sitting too far back and making yourself small
  2. Chest should be up and gloves out in front to cut off higher shots
  3. Stick on ice covering five hole and in position to deflect low shots to corners
  4. Pads out to side and flush to ice to not allow any pucks underneath
  1. Move into shot to help deflect puck into corner instead of out in slot
  2. All low shots should be deflected with stick to corners or high into stands
  3. Watch puck into body
  4. If rebound allowed, always get up with outside leg first so that at all times you will be in a push position
Paddle Down:
  1. Should only be used in tight around the crease area.
  2. Good for wrap around attempts to shut down everything low
  3. Keep glove up and out in front to help cut down angle to high shots
  4. Get back into Butterfly position or on feet if puck moves outside of your perimeter.
  5. Do not use paddle down as a crutch for not seeing the puck on screen shots
 Screen Shots:
  1. Attempt to look high above or slightly to side of the screen to find the puck
  2. Avoid crouching really low and spreading legs too wide as you lose ability to push laterally
  3. Move into the shot and be as close to the tip as possible to smother the ability to redirect the puck
  4. The percentage of shots that make it through screens end up low.  Get into butterfly position if you lose sight and play the percentages
  5. Seeing the puck is the goalies job.  Being screened is not an excuse for letting in a goal.
  1. The shuffle should be used when the puck is in the possession of the opponent. 
  2. Use short shuffle movements and do not drag the back leg to expose the five hole
  3. Lead with your hands/stick so that your hands guide you to the destination, this also helps with shoulder rotation to stay square to puck
  4. Remember that most ice surfaces are 200x85.  The net is only 6x4.  More often than not be patient and slow down your movements
  5. Try to set yourself for shots and limit lateral or backward movement.  It is very difficult to control rebounds when moving.
  6. The T-Glide should only be used on passes when the opponent makes longer passes and gives up temporary possession.
  7. The pass allows time to get a hard push in your t-glide and quickly get to your target destination
  8. Always push to the middle of the crease first as to set your angle before worrying about gaining depth out of the crease.
  9. Do not drag your back leg but quickly snap it back to your stance position to get set for shot and close potential five hole.
  10. Do not use when opponent has control of puck as you expose five hole and this movement usually turns shoulders to be a little off angle
  11.  Lead with hands/stick again to lead you to destination and help rotate shoulders to stay square to new shooting threat
Here's some info about the goalie stance:
To maximize net coverage and ability to move while maintaining balance. 

Body Position:
  • Feet – Little more than shoulder’s width apart, slight ankle bend with weight slightly on inside edges of the balls of feet.
  • Skates – Parallel to each other.
  • Knees – Push knees forward creating a slight bend which applies pressure to the balls of the feet.
    • Similar to a golf stance or batting stance.
  • Chest – Up so shooter can see the logo of the jersey.
  • Allows balance to be slightly forward.
  • Increases net coverage.
  • Helps tracking high shots.
  • Shoulders - Parallel to each other and level to maintain proper chest positioning.
  • Gloves should be out in front of the body creating good balance.  They should also be placed just outside the width of the goaltender’s chest with elbows slightly outside of the body creating no double coverage (See specific glove sheet).
  • Never hold stick perpendicular to the ice.  
  • Stick – 8 to 12 inches in front of skates resting on a slight angle allowing for proper cushion on shots at stick and coverage of five hole.    
 Benefits of a Proper Stance:
  •  Allows goaltender to be balanced and under control.
    •  Proper balance limits excessive and/or wasted movement.
  • Leads to more efficient movement and save selection.
  • Goaltenders have feet too wide.  This limits movement and save selection.
  • Goaltenders have feet too narrow.  This limits power in movement, lessens lower net coverage, and decreases balance. 
  • Poor glove positioning leads to wasted movement and poor puck control (See specific glove sheet).
  • Chest bent over creates poor balance and trouble tracking high shots.

Glove positioning:

Focus: Glove positioning
Note: The glove positioning descriptions that follow are based on the face of a clock facing the shooter.
Four common glove positions:
• 2 or 3 o’clock hand position with palm facing outwards (traditional)
• 2 or 3 o’clock hand position with palm facing inwards
• 12 o’clock hand position with palm facing upwards
• 12 o’clock hand position with palm facing downwards
Proper Glove Positioning (Traditional 2 or 3 o’clock position):
• Eliminates wasted movement and time, which leads to a calm glove
• Calm glove makes it easier to track and catch puck
• When it comes to the use of our hands, tracking the puck effectively comes first and foremost. Goaltenders that do not track the puck all the way in significantly reduce their chances of making the save and/or controlling the rebound.
• It is important to stay big and use as little wasted movement as possible (especially at higher levels of hockey).
• When in stance, a goaltender’s hands should be:
o Out in front of the body to take away aerial angle
o Outside of the pads and chest to provide good width and prevent double coverage
o The catching glove should be held in the traditional 2 or 3 o’clock hand position to eliminate wasted movement, which creates a calm glove
• It is important to develop the skill of using your shoulder to make saves on shots above the cuff of your glove (future section on web site).
• Goaltenders that hold their glove in the 12 o’clock position usually end up rotating their hand to 3 o’clock to make the save (wasted time and movement!).
• Some goaltenders have elbows tight to body and glove back causing goaltender to rotate body to track puck, thus opening up net.
• Many goaltenders will not lead with stick and gloves. This leads to slow, wasted movement on way to desired location as well upon arrival at desired location.
CSAHA welcomes Freddie Beaubien as our goaltending director!

Freddie was drafted in the first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1992, and in the 5th round of the NHL draft in 1993 by the Los Angeles Kings. In 2006 Freddie finished an 11 year professional hockey career during which he played for teams throughout North America and Europe. Since 2006, Coach Beaubien has been working with the Pikes Peak Miners AAA organization in addition to being a goaltending instructor for CSAHA. 
Over the past decade, Freddie has been employed with several goalie camps.  He has worked closely with Francois Allaire (Patrick Roy’s goalie coach in Montreal) and Vadislav Tretiak (Hall of Famer Goaltender). He also played with or against and trained with several highly known goaltenders including: Patrick Roy, Jose Theodore, Jocelyn Thibeault (goaltender consultant for the Colorado Avalanche), Patrick Lalime, Jean-Sebastien Guiguere, Roberto Luongo, Martin Brodeur, Felix Potvin, Jamie Storr, Jean-Claude Bergeron and many more. Freddie is now the Goaltending Director for CSAHA and Pikes Peak Miners programs.

 Contact: Freddie Beaubien | | 719-494-3693

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