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by | Sep 9, 2022 | 6 comments

The concept of proper leg recovery from the butterfly has been around roughly 20 years now.

Need to move to your left? Your right leg should be lifting off the ice first to drive that push.

Need to go right after a save? You recover with your left leg first to power that move.

What if we told you there are instances where it’s better to use the other leg? And what if, with all the drive to find improved efficiency in movement, we also told you there is an instance where a two-part move to get back to your post makes more sense than a one-part move?

Those were some of the concepts that Minnesota Wild goaltending development coach Richard Bachman worked through with Vancouver Giants prospect Matthew Hutchison on the final day of this year’s NET360 Goalie Camp in Kelowna. We already shared the first part of their session that day, which focused on the importance of inside-foot skate placement when doing crease movement patterns to set up the next push, and that session continued with overlap work.

Before we get into the above-mentioned examples and reasoning for “wrong” leg recovery and two-part movements to get back to the post, let’s have Bachman will explain the patterns:

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