After introducing InGoal Premium members to Adam Francilia last week with the single-leg kneeling abduction drill, the goalie-training specialist and San Jose Sharks consultant returns this week with another exercise designed specifically to help goalies reduce counter-rotation and the unnecessary delays in movement and post-save recovery that come with it.
It’s called Horse Sance Dynamic 90-degrees, and after Francilia walks us you the basics below, we have some extra footage of him working on it with some of his NHL clients at the NET360 Goalie Camps he co-founded with Ray Petkau of Alpha Sports Agency in Kelowna.
(For those that missed our introduction to Francilia, a quick refresher: He jumped into the NHL spotlight for the off-ice transformation in 2017 that helped propel Winnipeg Jets No. 1 Connor Hellebuyck to a Vezina Trophy nomination in 2018, but was working with goalies like James Reimer long before NET360 started in 2015. His current client list includes more than a dozen NHL-contracted goalies like Laurent Brossoit, Eric Comrie, Thomas Greiss, Troy Grosenick and Eddie Lack. Much of their work has been done remotely, so when Francilia offered to share some drills to help goalies currently stuck at home, we jumped at the chance to mix these “exclusive-to-you” videos with some NHL goalie footage we’ve captured in Kelowna.)
If you haven’t already, check out the first exercise, single leg kneeling abduction, because they are related in their focus on offsetting counter-rotation, and the original article also contains an example of counter-rotation from a Pro-Reads session with Flyer’s No. 1 Carter Hart.
In simplest terms, counter-rotation is when your body pulls up and away from the direction you want to go, usually as part of loading up for that push. While a lot of the focus and the most obvious “tell” for counter-rotation is the upper body twisting the other way, it is also associated with the lead pad pulling back more than necessary in a butterfly recovery, moving away (or out of the way) from where the puck presumably is if we are pushing that direction.
Whatever your degree of understanding of those principles, we can probably all agree on one thing: moving our upper and lower body away from the space we need to cover next, even in the process of trying to move into that space, is not a good thing.
This second exercise, the Horse Dance Dynamic 90-degrees, is designed to help reduce that. It is simple – but difficult – and body-weight based, so it can be done anywhere, by anyone:
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