Getting the chance to work with Adam Francilia has been one of the perks of InGoal attending the NET360 Goalie Camps he co-founded with Ray Petkau of Alpha Sports Agency in Kelowna in 2014. By now, you’ve probably heard of Francilia through his work with the NHL goalies at that camp, highlighted by the off-ice transformation in 2017 that helped propel Winnipeg Jets No. 1 Connor Hellebuyck to a Vezina Trophy nomination in 2018.
Hellebuyck is one of more than a dozen NHL-contracted goalies working with Francilia, who is also now a goaltending consultant with the San Jose Sharks. In fact, Hellebuyck is one of three Jets goalies who works with Francilia privately, along with backup Laurent Brossoit and AHL starter Eric Comrie. Other long-time clients include Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild, Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders, James Reimer of the Carolina Hurricanes, Troy Grosenick from the Nashville Predators organization, and recently retired Eddie Lack.
Much of their work has been done remotely over the years, especially with Hellebuyck, who stays in Michigan in the offseason, Lack when he went back to Sweden in the summer, and Dubnyk, who stayed in Minnesota last summer rather than returning to Kelowna. So, when Francilia offered to share some of his drills with InGoal Premium members as they work their way through social distancing and stay-at-home orders, we jumped at the chance to mix these “exclusive-to-you” videos with some of the NHL goalie footage we’ve captured in Kelowna.
First up, is a single leg kneeling abduction exercise designed to reduce the counter-rotation that causes goalies to move away from the puck during butterfly recoveries and pushes:
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