LASER-like focus on the puck
Did you see that video making the rounds on social media of the cat who was making crazy heart-stopping saves all over the place? Talk about cat-like reflexes!
Well, that video made me think of my friend in University who used to entertain his cat (or maybe it was just us) using a laser pointer. Rob would shine a dot on the floor and the cat would pounce! Another dot – another athletic leap and pounce.
It was awesome.
So, if it works for a cat, why not a goalie right?
Here’s what I mean…
In the video below you will see three drills:
- Low Ready Position Tap
- Catcher, Blocker or Block
- Shot & Rebound
- If possible wear your mask for this drill so you get used to seeing through your blind spots – especially when that rebound drops into your feet.
- Make sure you wear your knee pads if you are going to be dropping to your knees and limit that maneuver to 6-10 times total. That movement is hard on your hips and knees so let’s not over-do it.
Hockey strength and conditioning coach Maria Mountain, MSc specializes in off-ice training for hockey goalies. As the founder of www.GoalieTrainingPro.com and the owner of Revolution Sport Conditioning in London, Ontario, Maria has trained Olympic Gold medalists, a Stanley Cup Champ and athletes from MLB, NHL, AHL, CHL, CIS and more.
You can get a FREE 14-Day Flexibility program for goalies HERE! and be sure to also check out Maria's Shutout Academy, which features a semi-private online coaching element, and the goalie-specific programs that are created on an on-going basis each month.