The Rick O’Shay gives an alternative perspective to the conventional “Shooter Tutor” style, roll-up canvases.
The Rick O’Shay is a great hockey targeting system that gives an alternative perspective to the conventional “Shooter Tutor” style, roll-up canvases. Since it’s a 3D mold, there are endless rebound possibilities, which makes for a much more realistic scrimmage experience.
The Rick O’Shay is made of super durable plastic, which will hold up to your hardest shots. In addition to being durable, it is also very light weight, and can be separated into halves, which makes it easier to transport. The Rick O’Shay is fastened to the net with bungee cords that fit between molded channels, which provide a shield against shots.
The most obvious difference between the Rick O’Shay and most other hockey targeting systems is the fact that the Rick O’Shay is a 3-dimensional model. This design gives a more realistic shooting experience, and provides for infinite rebound possibilities. One of my favorite design features is the glove pocket. If you’re trying to go upper right, and miss, your puck might land in the goalie’s glove, stopping play while you fish it out. The Rick O’Shay also features a more “up-to-date” hole set-up, which more closely resembles the open areas you’d see against a butterfly goalie.
All in all, the Rick O’Shay is a great targeting system, and is especially useful in drop-in situations where goalies can be scarce. It’s not quite as portable as a roll-up target, but it’s much more realistic. So it could be a great option if portability isn’t a huge deal to you.
Butterfly Passing is a Simple but Effective Hockey Passing Drill
Butterfly Passing is a great drill to work on passing fundamentals with youngsters, and to iron out technical “wrinkles” in more experienced players. Although the drill itself is simple, players should use this drill as an opportunity to work on passing accuracy in stride, and should focus on precise execution at full speed. Here’s the diagram:
Butterfly Passing Drill:
1. Two lines at one end, the width of the goal posts
2. Players skate in pairings all the way down the ice, passing back and forth while maintaining stride
3. At far end, players peel off, around the bottom of each’s respective circle, then skate back making cross-ice passes back into the zone they started from
Giving goalies a structured way to move around their crease is important for warming up and building muscle memory
When doing this drill, make sure the goalie is performing his or her moves properly and getting in the proper stance. Don’t let your goalies try to do the drill too fast to maintain proper form. Make sure they are getting in the proper Post Knee Up and doing the proper Butterfly Slide. We are working on the following movements and positions:
2. Reactionary Butterfly
3. Butterfly Slide
5. Post Knee Up
Here’s the diagram:
Crease Movement #1
1. T-Push across, square up to puck
2. T-Push back to center, square up to coach
3. T-Push to post, either hug post or use post-knee-up position
4. T-Push back to center, square up to coach
5. Repeat to the other side
Notes: get out to the top of the crease in each position. Do it in 20-30 second segments for conditioning. Repeat the drill using butterfly slide. Do this type of drill every single practice!
The Shuffle T-Pass is a great drill to work on multiple parts of the goaltender’s game.
This drill works on positioning, proper rotation when moving around your crease, proper recovery from a butterfly, playing the puck, and crease awareness. Make sure your goalies don’t cheat in this drill. They should be squaring up to the puck, hugging posts, and get back to their proper post every time on the puck handling portion. Here are the diagrams:
Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 1
1. Shuffle from one side of the net to the other, stopping square to each puck, dropping to a reactionary butterfly at each puck
2. After arriving at the far post, come back the other way
Note: Make sure to recover with the proper leg; right leg when going from right to left, left leg when going from left to right.
Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 2
Goalie starts at the post, then skates the following sequence (see our post on the 11 Visual Targets for Hockey Goalies)
1. Position 11
2. Position 6
3. Position 9
4. Position 1
5. Position 6
6. Position 3
7. Back to Position 11
8. Repeat the opposite way
Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 3
Play the pucks:
1. Ring pass
2. Swipe to corner
3. Clearing pass
4. Straight shot down the ice
5. T-Push back to other post
6. Ring pass
7. Swipe to corner
8. Clearing pass