Goaltender–Specific Skating Series: Drill 20 of 20
Drill #20: Butterfly Wings
We return to the crease for the final drill in this basic goaltender-specific skating series.
The goaltender begins at the goal post. Upon command, they move out to the top of the crease arc and shuffle to the mid-point on an angle consistent with the middle of the net (a cone or puck can be used as a marker).
Upon reaching the cone, the goalie comes to a complete stop. Thereafter, a firm quick butterfly drop is performed. The torso should be upright with no holes visible under either arm. The stick blade should be centered between the pads.
It is preferred if the blade angle is neither too shallow nor positioned too far from the pads. This creates a “ramp-like” effect which often results in pucks deflecting past the goaltender. The head should be flexed somewhat downward.
The post-save recovery begins with the eyes and head turning in tandem followed by rotation of the torso. The hip swivel occurs to turn the body onto the new line of movement towards the post.
The power leg is used to recover to one’s feet and a straight line T-push is usually used to reach the goal-post.
In the case of a possible quick shot on net, many goaltenders will perform the same sequence to the point of the hip swivel but thereafter choose to slide to the post. After much practice, coordinated students cans slide and recover to their feet in one smooth movement sequence.
Upon reaching the goal-post the sequence is repeated in the opposite direction.
The younger the student, the less coordination will be evident. Power with come with years of dedicated training but always keep your movements under control. Young students often want to race through drills. Teach and refine control first followed by power when appropriate muscle memory, improved general athleticism and physical mature are established.
Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
With a strong body and a healthy mind, the possibilities are endless.