DRILL 12: Three Point Star
In this drill the goaltender begins at the goalpost, and three cones or pucks are positioned at various points around the crease arc, just beyond the blue paint.
The cones, or pucks, are usually positioned at the corner of the crease closest to the goaltender, the arc midpoint and on a line consistent with the far side faceoff dot.
The goaltender begins with a long shuffle to the first cone and back to the post. From there, T-pushes are used to move back and forth to the other two cones. The goaltender comes to a complete stop in a set stance prior to returning to the goalpost.
Move on a slightly curved lined out from the post to the target to achieve angle and depth. Return to the post on a straight line.
If executed with precision and intensity, performing the pattern three times is sufficient. As always, head rotation, eye movements, a leading stick blade, glove positioning, an upright torso and skate pivots are all components of the drill.
Stop the student at any time to point our errors in mechanics you believe are below standard based on your personal teaching principles and approach. You can also use an iPad to videotape both mechanical and tactical drills for immediate feedback to point out errors.