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Work on Your Patience with ‘Gunslinger’ Drills

One of the toughest challenges for goalies is to be patient in the very last split second of the scoring situation right in front of the net. Often a goalie panics or tries so hard to move quick to one scoring option and gets beat by another option. For example, you see a sudden loose puck right in front of the net without your DF and an opponent is about to reach for it. The opponent may deke you around or he/she may take a quick shot, or even pass to someone in the backdoor you won’t see. If you just commit to play on one option, you could get burnt with other options. You need to have ultimate patience to stay on your feet till the very last split second so you can push, slide towards the post against the deke, pass or to react to the quick shot.
Here I introduce the drills to work on these last split second patience. Remamber, stay on your feet and don’t move before the shooter moves. Keep your hands alive and react at the last split second.
Great drills for both goalies and shooters!

Gunslinger 1

  1. The puck is on the crease and the goalie is on the goal line.
  2. Shooter has one second to take a shot or deke.

Gunslinger 2

  1. The puck is within 3 feet from the crease and the goalie is close to the post.
  2. Shooter has one second to take a shot or deke.

Gunslinger 3

  1. The puck is on the crease and the goalie is on the goal line.
  2. Shooters around the crease has one second to take a shot within one pass.

About The Author

Hiroki Wakabayashi

Hiroki Wakabayashi is a USA level 5 certified hockey coach from Japan. Hiroki has coached goalies and teams in Japan, Canada, USA and five other countries in last twenty years. His work varies from professional teams, national teams (Hong Kong), Junior and NHL drafted goalies to youth hockey level. Heroki is currently working with Arizona Jr. Coyotes.

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