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Goaltender Specific Skating Series: Drill 8 of 20

Goaltender Specific Skating Series: Drill 8 of 20

Drill 8DRILL 8: Cross-crease T- push with Butterfly Drop

Once again the butterfly drop is added to the simple drill outlined in the last segment. Many of the technical teaching points discussed in this series still apply.

Spray paint may be utilized to paint two different lines within the crease.

One line represents the curved path through the middle of the crease to establish proper angle as quickly as possible. The second line represents the line of movement back to the post after an appropriate hip swivel while in the butterfly position.

By adding different elements, including shots, to basic drills coaches can increase the demands being placed on the student. For example, a coach may choose to take a shot right at the goaltender after he comes to a stop in this drill. The goaltender cradles the puck, drops it and then returns to the far-side post.

Similarly, a shot could be taken to the weak-side pad forcing the goalie to make a stick save directing the puck to the corner. The hip swivel occurs and the goaltender follows the rebound out the post just like during a game to develop good habits.

As the student demonstrates progress, drills become less stationary and far more dynamic (Please refer to previous article about developing progressively more difficult goaltending drills) in nature.

Eventually, the mechanics-based drills in this series may become basic warm-up and foundational drills (when shots are added) that a goaltender can always return to if they are struggling at some point during the season – a “return to basics” principle that can help at ever level from minor hockey to pro.

About The Author

Tomas Hertz, MD BA

Tomas Hertz is a grass roots goaltending coach in Kingston, Ontario. Tomas has coached goaltenders from Novice House League through the Minor Midget ‘AAA’ level. He has been a goaltending guest lecturer at the College of Physical Education, University of Saskatchewan, and holds N.C.C.P. ADVANCED I certification. He has taught at different goalie schools including Jon Elkin’s Goalie School- East , Cooper Goaltending and Mitch Korn’s Specialized Goalie school. He is current a goaltending coach in the Greater Kingston Junior Frontenac’s Minor Hockey Association.


  1. Steve McKichan

    Straight line movement is fundamental and correct.

    I feel obligated to correct this every time I see it. Curved movement in incorrect.

    • Brian J. Horta

      Not necessarily true. Using or Teaching a traditional T – Push you would be accurate. However, goalies that I work with have adapted a C-Push or C-Step which acts as a long C-Cut. By doing this rather than a traditional T-Push a goalie can get square quicker and it also allows a goalie to continue gliding if need be to attack the shooter and the angle.
      Just a different perspective on fundamental technique.


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