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When Carey Price first hits the ice before a morning skate with Montreal Canadiens goaltending coach Stephane Waite, their routine is the same. It never changes.
It starts with shots that can only fairly be described as muffins, shots soft enough you might wonder if the 55-year-old goalie coach has lost his fastball. But later in practice, as you watch Waite wire shots into the corners against his goalies, you know that’s not the case.
Waite didn’t have surgery on his shoulders so he could toss softballs at his stoppers. There is a method to this madness, and thankfully he was willing to share it while walking InGoal Magazine through video of Price doing a warm-up routine he’s used for decades. As noted, it starts with those rather pedestrian-looking shots from the top of the circles:
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Man, Carey is consistent. Just look at the grouping of puck marks on his blocker, the tracking work with Eli Wilson is on display there!
I’m sure the notion of muffins first is counter intuitive to many, but it makes perfect sense. It’s why I’m sure a lot of beer leaguers don’t like the horseshoe drill in warm up.