Many weren’t repeatable for a young audience as the technique became over – and more often improperly – used in games.
Many call it VH, which is short for vertical-horizontal, a reference to the pad position. Some label it one-pad down. Others refer to it as one-knee down, or OKD.
Like the name, the technique has evolved over the last five years, with some coaches still teaching a glove position stacked on top of the post pad, while others now want that short-side arm wrapped around the post to provide more of an anchor.
No matter what they called it, however, it remained a pure blocking save, a stop that created a guaranteed rebound – and often one that was difficult to either track or cover as it lay in the goaltender’s skates.All of Which is why Montreal Canadiens goaltending coach Pierre Groulx came up with another take on this save selection – and yes, with this modified technique comes another new name for it: Dead Arm One-Knee Down.
Contrary to the name, however, this new Dead Arm One-Knee Down technique is a designed to be a more active application of the original sharp-angle save, removing much of its locked-in feel. Yes, there remains a blocking component from the middle of the body to the post, but it allows the goaltender to react more freely off this position, while their opposite side – from the middle
of the body to the far glove/blocker and pad – stays reactive throughout.
In other words, it’s still a post seal, but one that’s been modified to make goalies more active.
Groulx walks goaltenders through the benefits and applications of Dead Arm One-Knee Down in the January edition of InGoal Magazine, including an exclusive video demonstration by Canadiens star goaltender Carey Price.
Be sure to read the entire article and see the video among 120 pages of goaltending gear, tips and feature stories, in the latest edition of InGoal Magazine.