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Goaltender-Specific Skating Series: Drill 2 of 20

Goaltender-Specific Skating Series: Drill 2 of 20

Drill 2: Goalpost – T-push – Centre Crease Butterfly Drop – Power Leg Recovery

Hertz Crease Movement Drill 2After debuting last week with a simple movement pattern to the top of the crease and back to the post, the second drill in this series simply adds a butterfly drop (BD) element to Drill #1.

It remains important that the goaltender comes to a complete stop at the top of the blue paint. At this point, the goalie should aggressively drive the knees down to drop as quickly as possible. Do not merely drop passively to the ice as this creates a bad habit that may lead to poor five-hole goals during competition.

The stick should remain centered across the five-hole and the knees should be squeezed tightly together. Pads of appropriate height should not reveal any openings.

Ideally, there should be no holes under the goaltender’s arms, and the torso should naturally be upright with the buttocks off the ice.

The post-save response requires the goaltender to turn the head, torso and perform a hip swivel prior to recovering on the correct leg.

The “hip swivel”, as with the lead skate pivot, brings the goalie back on to the correct line of movement back towards the goalpost.

As most people know well, the proper leg on which to recover (the power leg) is the one opposite to the direction in which the goaltender intends to move (please see our past article on Power Leg Recovery: An Important Consideration in Butterfly Goaltending).

Upon recovery to one’s feet, a simple T-push back to the goalpost completes the repetition.

The author generally has a student do no more than four or five repetitions per set, and no more than two sets from each side of the net.

About The Author

Tomas Hertz, MD BA

Tomas Hertz has been a contributing author to InGoal Magazine since 2010. He operated  "No Holes, No Goals Goaltending" in Kingston, Ontario for a decade and worked with developing goalies in the G.K.M.H.A. and K.A.M.H.A. He remains active as a timekeeper in the O.M.H.A. - O.W.H.A., the O.J.H.L. (Kingston Voyageurs), and the O.U.A.A. (R.M.C. Palladins). 


  1. Matt

    Very helpful series for a guy who hit the ice this summer after years of inline play. Any chance we get a summary post when they’re all issued? Thanks, guys.

  2. Rick

    If you freeze the frame ( 13 second mark of top video and 8 seconds mark on the bottom video) on both movements just as he brings his outside leg (the one farthest from the post) up to push into his t-Push there is a problem. When he is pushing towards his blocker side his stick is in perfect position covering his five hole as he transitions from butterfly to post t-push. But on his push towards his glove side as he makes the transition his blocker falls back to the side of his body and his stick is facing the camera angle instead of following the puck and covering his five hole. Actually if you watch the whole series his stick starts at his five holes until he moves his leg up to push then he moves it to the side until he begins to t-push and then he swings it back to cover his five hole. Small difference but as soon as he is upright a shooter can release the shot and the goalies stick won’t have a chance to reposition. The fix is to have the blocker out infront of the pad a bit more to towards the catching glove and at lease the stick is closing most if not all of the five hole if a quick shot is released.