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Basic Goaltending Skills from Coaching Day in BC

Basic Goaltending Skills from Coaching Day in BC

InGoal Partner Coach Pasco Valana presents on basic goaltending skills for coaches

InGoal has worked closely with coach Pasco Valana and for several years now, both on the ice and in creating teaching content here at Valana recently shared this video with us which was shot December 9 at Coaching Day in British Columbia at Roger’s Arena, the home of the Vancouver Canucks. Valana led an on-ice seminar for hundreds of coaches from all over British Columbia on fundamental goaltending skills. Although a bit rough as it was shot by a spectator in the stands, the video is well-worth watching especially for coaches and parents trying to support the development of a young goaltender.

The first video deals strictly with skating skills which are so often overlooked in regular team practices for a goalie, yet as Valana ends the seminar pointing out is,”…the key most critical component of success in your goaltending.” With his demonstrating goalie, James Barr of the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen, Valana shows some specific skating skills practiced each day by successful goaltenders at all levels of the game from minor hockey to the NHL.

Have a look and take some notes so that you can help your goalies make the most of every ice-time.

Following the skating session Valana and Barr then demonstrated some positioning and a number of shooting drills. Note how he pays strict attention to the details of puck tracking and rebound control in even the most basic drill that others might treat as a mindless warm-up exercise, while in more complex drills  those basic skills of movement and puck tracking still form the base of a successful save.

Professional Goaltending Coach Pasco Valana can be reached at or via email [email protected] as well as on twitter @goaliecoach

About The Author

David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009.Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.


  1. Todd Westwood

    Awesome videos!! Stressing the practice of just properly catching the puck is hugely overlooked. I have been looking for something different to work on puck following and deflections and the use of the extra net is perfect!!
    Thanks Coach Valana

  2. randy

    for excellent eye to hand try two ping pong raquets and one ball and just go back and forth between your two hands. This forces you to keep your eye on the ball and helps with your dexterity.. I due this at every commercial break during any hockey game I am watching.

  3. Paul Ipolito

    Thanks for making this available. Good things to work on during the inevitable “downtime” during practice.

  4. cptncanuk

    More please?

  5. Geoff

    How often do these things happen in BC? I would love to go to one of them!


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