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by Kevin Woodley with Ian Clark

Thatcher Demko has played his way into the Vezina Trophy conversation in his first full season as the Vancouver Canucks No. 1 goalie, continuing an evolution that includes regular maintenance work with goaltending coach Ian Clark.

Being based in Vancouver means InGoal Magazine gets to watch a lot of the work that has gone into Demko’s development path and ongoing in-season maintenance, including this series of progressions that ends in purposeful work for what some see as a desperation situation:

Believe it or not, there are specific keys to being able to increase your access to these types of shots, and Demko and Clark work on them semi-regularly. We’ll get to those keys later in this three-part progression of drills, but it always makes sense to start at the beginning.

This is the first part of a series of drills Clark refers to as “hand in support.” It starts with the goalie down in the butterfly and the coach with a puck directly in front of him.

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