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 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.
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