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Carey Price Demonstrates Glove Positioning Drill

Carey Price Demonstrates Glove Positioning Drill

This weekend a small group of very lucky goaltenders will be spending the day on and off the ice with their goaltending hero, Carey Price, in a special day put on by Eli Wilson Goaltending to raise money for their foundation to support goaltenders who could not otherwise afford training and equipment. InGoal will be on hand for the day to document the entire event. Look for more information this weekend and in the future.

At last year’s Day with Carey Price, he demonstrated this simple drill to build a more reactive glove – ready to catch the puck regardless of where it is going to or where your glove might be at the time.

We have lots more detail about the drill at this link which includes a link to an article originally published in the September 2014 issue of InGoal Magazine (please note: the magazine, available for free for more than a year, is now available to read for the small sum of $1.99 as an archived issue).

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. GrahaM

    I personally would be far more sold on this particular drill if his glove didn’t return to its original set position just as the shooter loaded up on most of the shots

    0:38 – Glove in its normal ready position as shot is loaded
    0:45 – Glove returns to normal position right as the shot is being loaded.
    0:53 – Glove in normal ready position.
    1:03 – This one he is caught with his hand outside moving away from the shot however he still reacts his hand back towards its normal position and then moves it back out again.
    1:10 – Glove is closed to the shooter but still in roughly the same spot.
    1:19 – Glove is lower here and makes a nice reactionary save (this is what the drill is aiming for)
    1:30 – Glove in normal position
    1:38 – Glove in normal position

    Only 2 of the 8 shots here are in anyway causing a non-standard reactionary save. The other 6 the glove returns to its normal ready position as the shot is loaded and released.

    To me the problem here is that the drill its self is being run from a stationary set position. All goalies have some form of pre-shot stance but then lower into their ready position as the shot itself is being loaded and released.
    (Example: Pre-shot i am quite upright with my gloves up at armpit height which leaves my stick about 6-8″ off the ice however as the shot loads i crouch down and tip into my ready position with my hands now projected out at approximately hip height.) This action happens on every shot that goalies have time to set up for.

    I Feel like this drill would be far more effective and game appropriate if this glove movement was added to a drill that was dynamic and required movement so as to not allow the goalie the ability to just revert to their standard ready position. Not to mention that if you have the time to set yourself in your standard ready position clearly your glove position will also have time to be in its optimal position.

    As stated, if this was applied to a dynamic drill where the goalie may not be in their desired ready position it would have a far greater effect.

    • DL

      Sounds like you have a lot of time to set up for the shot. The most useful drills are the ones that mimic game situations, where the goalie is forced to keep his glove in a facing position and in the “right” height at all times. Rarely is this at or knee level.

  2. Mike

    As a goalie coach for over 30 years, I don’t find this drill very useful. For one a goalie is not moving his glove hand around like that when playing. Second keeping your glove in a neutral position ( not high or too low ) you are able to move in either direction equally as fast instead of having to over compensate you movement when carrying your glove high or low. It’s not just a feel or preference, science is also a factor in the success of your glove hand capabilities.

  3. All In One PC

    Hey David,

    Great post. Doing drills are a great way to help professionals advance at their trade. Even in the IT industry, we have to do constant testing to get things right. As a hockey fan, I appreciate all the behind the scenes effort that goes into being the best in your profession.