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Inspired by his play in the Montreal Canadiens playoff run, we continue to revisit summer camp sessions with Carey Price with some advice from the Habs star on butterfly recoveries.

it’s the latest reminder that the basic foundations of movement that helped Price backstop the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final are the same ones he taught to young goalies — and one beer leaguer — at the annual Eli Wilson Day with Price camps that InGoal attended. There’s a long list of Pro Drills and Pro Tips from Price already in the archives that Premium Members can access, and this latest instructional piece includes advice from two drills with recoveries.

The first drill is a simple movement pattern pushing off the post for a mimicked save (and we’ve noted in past articles that Price often likes to use what we called a Kickout Drill whenever he’s working on recovery movements) before recovering up out of the butterfly to the far post, then a quick push back to the top of the crease for a shot from the slot.

We’ll start with a walk through from Wilson and demonstration by Price below, and apologies if Wilson is hard to hear at points; the audio is from Carey’s mic and it dropped into his chest protector but you can hear clearly as he details the importance of Price’s stable base.

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Now that we’ve seen Price demonstrate the drill, let’s watch and listen as he works with the kids at his station right after. As you’ll see in the video below, Price talks about the importance of good rotation in that recovery movement as he tries to get the young goalies to make that push in one movement, but make sure you watch to the end as he walks us through the specific mechanics he focuses on while demonstrating that recovery movement for InGoal:

You also heard Price talking about the importance of the spine work he does before practice, and annual Premium Members can still go back and watch our two-part series on the dynamic warm up the Canadiens star does on and off the ice before every practice and game.

The second drill we’ll share from the 2016 Day with Price event is actually a bit simpler than the first one (but this is form the second on-ice session of the day and was used to get the goalies moving again). It’s a push from the post to the middle, a butterfly drop, and another recovery up to the far post. That last part provided Price with another chance to teach how he does it, and answer questions from the recreational league goalie in attendance that year, Kerry Gillings, again providing great insights into a basic movement that applies from beginners to beer leaguers. But first, we’ll watch the demonstration and walk through with Wilson:

Now that we’ve seen it done right, let’s get to the session with the students (young and old) to listen to Price walk through his keys and advice for that recovery part of the drill:

Watching Price in the playoffs has been a great reminder that the fundamentals he relies on every day still are based on the movement foundations and drills we’ve seen him teach year after year at this event. It inspired us to go back into the video archives from five years behind the scenes to find examples of Price teaching those same elements. These seemingly simple tips and movement keys are a big part of Price’s long-standing status as one of the NHL’s best goaltenders. We know because Price (and big Carey Price fan Carter Hart) have told us crease movement patterns are the foundation of their success many times.


~ Look for more of these in the coming weeks at InGoal Premium, and in the meantime if you haven’t already, be sure to check out these past videos with Price from the Eli Wilson camps. (Reminder, only annual subscribers can see content more than a month old):


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