Goaltender-Specific Skating Series: Drill 2 of 20
Drill 2: Goalpost – T-push – Centre Crease Butterfly Drop – Power Leg Recovery
After 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.