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Goaltender-Specific Skating Series: Drill 11 of 20

Goaltender-Specific Skating Series: Drill 11 of 20

DRILL 11: ¾ Crease Arc –Short Shuffle – Butterfly DropDrill 11 Crease Diagram

The butterfly drop can be added to so many fundamental movement drills.

This week we simply add a butterfly drop the crease movement pattern outlined in Drill 10.

If the goaltender is uncertain as to the degree of hip swivel required to be on the appropriate line of movement, then employ the spray painted lines previously described in this drill series.

Make your drop quick and powerful. Return to the goal-post on a straight- line path.

Three to four repetitions is sufficient per set. In a skating-specific training session, two sets are sufficient.

We split this week’s video demonstration into two parts, with multiple angles in each:


About The Author

Tomas Hertz, MD BA

Tomas Hertz has been a contributing author to InGoal Magazine since 2010. He operated  "No Holes, No Goals Goaltending" in Kingston, Ontario for a decade and worked with developing goalies in the G.K.M.H.A. and K.A.M.H.A. He remains active as a timekeeper in the O.M.H.A. - O.W.H.A., the O.J.H.L. (Kingston Voyageurs), and the O.U.A.A. (R.M.C. Palladins). 


  1. Aivars

    I just looked at your drill and I liked the simplicity and good leg workout. However, as an old goalie and a goalie coach explain me one thing. And this is what i have seen in my students as well. The beginning of the drill where he c-cuts out to the crease. How come they do c-cuts? What i have been taught and from my own experience i had a lot of success is by using a quick shuffle from the post in angle which would position me in a good angle position. I have also seen goalies these days who don’t even know how to c-cut forward anymore or backwards haha…. I don’t usually interfere with that but it does make me laugh.


  2. Tomas Hertz, MD, BA

    It purely a natural tendency on the part of the demonstrating goaltender. It is not something I teach or preach. You can do it this way or your way. It doesn’t really matter from my perspective. Just stop the puck baby!
    C-cuts are fundamental to skating proficiency. To telescope as a goaltender you need to be able to C-cut forwards and backwards. There is a telescoping drill in the series although, even with breakaways, goaltenders don’t come out as far as they did in the past.

  3. Magnus Olsson

    If you shuffle out from the post…. What leg will you use to stop? …. and Why?

  4. Tomas Hertz, MD, BA

    Fair enough question! I think if you are going to do that it becomes more of a little side step and definitely not more than that. I think I understand what you are getting at but I may be wrong. You can not really shuffle at all if you want to move out directly on a line from the post. That is not possible.
    In that case what my son is doing is acceptable and it keeps him square and fairly ready. Just do this little thing he does while maintaining the crouch so nothing cheezy goes between the legs.
    If moving out on an angle further from the post I would stop with the lead skate. Why ? So that if a lateral feed subsequently happens I pivot on that skate and T-push across immediately. Its something very nicely demonstrated in a video series by Vaughn Between the Pipes goalie
    I think your point may be that you can really shuffle straight out of the post which is of course true.
    What do you think?