Post-Knee-Up Drill

The Post-Knee-Up save is a controversial but solid selection, when used correctly

The Post knee up save is a controversial yet solid selection. It is controversial because most goalies do not always use it in the correct situations. This particular drill will work on the Post Knee up as well as work on teaching the goaltender to read and react and utilize the save in the correct situation. Here’s the diagram:

post_knee_up_drill_seq2Post-Knee-Up Drill:
1. Goalie starts square to Player 1.
2. Player 1 passes low to Player 2, who attacks the net from the side
3. Goalie uses Post-Knee-Up positioning
4. After the shot, player 2 opens up to the slot for a rebound or a one-time shot
5. After Player 2 shoots, Player 1 drives low around the bottom of the circle and either shoots or passes to Player 2

1. Player 1 walks out of the corner. He/she has 4 options: Shoot; Pass behind the net with Player 2 walking out for the shot; Pass to Player 3 for a one-time shot; Pass to Player 4 for a one-time shot.

Option: If Player 1 passes to Player 2, you can give Player 2 the same 4 options again; Shoot, Pass behind the net, or Pass to Player 3 or 4

Additional Notes:
Since this is a reactionary save, make sure when doing this save you keep the following in mind:

1. Close all holes by being very compact
2. Use only when the puck is in the low post area and close to the net
3. When on glove side, keep your glove in 12 o’clock position, right next to head and wide open.
4. Keep your blocker and stick in stance position

During this drill, make sure the goalie is moving. After a goal or a freeze, let the goalie get back into the start position. Hope you enjoy.




3 Cone Rebound Drill

Here’s a great half-ice drill that works on many aspects of the goaltender’s game

The 3 Cone Rebound Drill will work on stopping the puck from outside shots, rebound control, recovering, covering the puck, handling rebounds and more. Here are the goalie’s objectives:

1. Stop the Puck!
2. Rebound Control
3. Proper Recovery

Here’s the diagram:


3_cone_rebound_23 Cone Rebound Drill
1. Players line up in corners with pucks
2. 3 players leave at the same time from the same line
3. Player 1 skates puck around near cone, shoots from above the circles, and stays at the net for the rebound on the next shot
4. Goalie tracks, squares up, and fields shot
5. Player 2 skates puck around the middle cone, shoots from above the circles, and stays at the net for the rebound on the next shot
6. Goalie tracks, squares up, and fields shot – controlling the rebound!
7. Player 3 skates puck around the far cone, shoots from above the circles, then drives for his or her own rebound
8. Goalie tracks, squares up, and fields shot – controlling the rebound!

1. Same set up
2. 1st player does the same thing
3. 2nd and 3rd players do a give and go in the slot with the player who went before them.

The second variation forces the goaltender to move much more before the shot is taken. Coaches need to make sure to spread out your shooters so your goaltender can work on his/her objectives in the drill effectively.




Shuffle T-Pass

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_seq1Shuffle 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_seq2Shuffle 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_seq3Shuffle 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




11 Visual Targets for Hockey Goalies

Use visual targets to help goalies play the angles properly

Angles are, arguably, the most important part of a goaltender’s game. If you cannot manage your angles appropriately, it will be more difficult to make the simple saves. Using these 11 visual cues on the ice will assist goaltenders, at all levels, to manage where they are on the ice.


11_cues_seq211 Visual Cues: Sequence 1
1 & 11 – Goal Line
2 & 10 – Board-side Hashmarks
3 & 9 – Defensive Zone Dots
4 & 8 – Blue Line on the Boards
4 & 7 – Neutral Zone Dots
6 – Straight up the Middle

11 Visual Cues: Sequence 2
1. Spray paint lines on the ice that match up with the visual cues
2. Set up pucks further out along the visual cues (spray paint dots to keep the set-up)
3. Players shoot from the spray painted dots, goalie uses spray painted lines to judge angles

In this drill I discuss marking the ice using rope and paint. This is not absolutely necessary to work with the visual cues but will help a younger goalie correct his or her position within a practice. After doing this once or twice, you shouldn’t have to do it anymore unless the goaltender continues struggling with angles.

Another good idea is to take video of the goalies telescoping in and out. You can then show them the video so they can see how the angles change while they move in and out at the cue. This will definitively teach them how angles work. All of this seems very simple and basic, yet almost all goalies struggle (even some of the most experienced) with angles at some time in their career. Work on this and you will definitely be a better goalie.




BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Goalie Drills at Weiss Tech Hockey!!

Weiss Tech Hockey now has goalie drills (scroll down for a sample)!!

I’ll be honest with you… I don’t have a clue when it comes to training goalies! I can tell them a few basic things that are going wrong, or what openings I’m seeing as a shooter, but I generally have no idea how to get them to FIX it. This has been a bit of a dilemma for me on the blog… seeing as how many of you have requested I make a section on GOALIE DRILLS over the past couple of years.

Well… the waiting is over! I would like to introduce you to Mr. Dennis Hands. Dennis is a great hockey guy, who has the same passion for the game as I do, but with some fabulous expertise in the goalie department. Over the past 5 years, Dennis has had the opportunity to learn from a number of NHL-caliber coaches such as Mike Babcock, Craig Johnson, and Predators’ goalie coach Mitch Korn. Needless to say, he brings a welcomed element of goalie knowledge to the table!

Here’s a brief bio on Dennis, taken from a recent press release about the High School team he coaches:

Dennis brings over 30 years of hockey experience to the team, including 2 years starting goaltender for Jackson Lumen Christi Catholic High School where he led the team to the State quarterfinals and ended his high school career earning 1st team All-State and being invited and playing in the Michigan High School All-Class All Star game. He had a brief stint in the North American Junior Hockey League before moving on to play Division 1 College Club Hockey. Dennis spent 1 year at University of Michigan-Dearborn and 3 years at University of Arizona playing where he was the starting goalie all 2 1/2 years. During his career at U of A he led the team to a 77-19-1 record as well as 3 appearances in the ACHA National Tournament. Dennis won 2 top Goaltender awards during his career at U of A and in 2004 was inducted in the University of Arizona Icecats Hall of Fame.

Dennis has spent the last five years in volunteer coaching rolls within the Jr. Ducks program. He has a certificate in Hockey team management and scouting through the well known Sports Management Worldwide and is a Level III certified coach through USA Hockey.

Dennis has had a successful 12 year business career including roles as software implementation consultant, software sales manager, V.P. of Software Sales and most recently CEO of a Software Sales and Consulting organization. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and currently resides in Southern California with his wife Kristen and two children, Capriana and Carter.

Lastly, here’s a sample of Dennis’ work (great stuff here!):

Here’s the explanation and diagram:

circle_warm-upCircle Warm-Up

1. Goalie faces forward the entire drill (in this example, he/she is facing the 3)
2. Starting at 1, goalie performs forward C-Cuts out to the 3
3. Stops and sets
4. Backward C-Cuts to the 2
5. Butterfly Slide to the 4
6. Butterfly slide to the 5
7. Butterfly slide back to the 2
8. Backward C-Cuts to the 1