Glove must be proper size & weight for the goalie to handle.

Glove should not be relied on totally, but rather the body should be moved laterally to back up the glove.

• Practice off-ice with tennis balls.

Except when trapping on stick glove, keep catch glove on it’s “own side” of the body.

Keep glove in front of body (yet out to the side) to assist in taking away the aerial angle.

Learn to trap pucks on the body with the help of the gloves to prevent rebounds

Learn to drop toward the puck (off center) as compared to falling off, or away, from the puck


Goalie “pulls up” on high shots, taking his eyes off the puck, and is, therefore, unable to catch.

Goalie glove has very poor pocket or glove is too large.

Goalie gloves are lazy & rest on the pads.



Shots close to body, trap on stick glove with the catch glove.

Shots away from the body, above the knees, should use the stick glove with rebounds sent to the corner.


Goalie gives rebounds with the stick glove.

Goalie tries to stop shots that are below the knee with the stick glove while standing up.

Goalie uses a stick glove with a “hand” that is too large.

Goalie gloves not “out.” Look at the goalie from the back. Do you see both gloves? Do they cover enough space?

Pucks bounce out of glove giving unnecessary rebounds.

Goalie does not understand glove position as it relates to aerial angle.

Goalie “falls off the puck” when trying to catch a shot

Goalie “curves” stick glove limiting the surface area available to make saves . . . may break a finger!

Goalie does not attempt to get body behind high shots.


Put goalie on knees, shoot high forcing the use of gloves, and eliminating fear.

Turn net toward boards and toss tennis or racquet balls.

Lots of work can be done off-ice.

Use our mini-pucks. . . it eliminates any fear



They should be a surprise . . do not telegraph the poke check.

Remain as close to the basic stance as possible.

Do not lunge shoulders forward.

Avoid straight on poke checks when the shooter is in quality possession of the puck.

Use, at times, to force the shooter left or right, and add a 2-pad slide or 1/4 turn half butterfly to the move.

Never let a player pass or carry the puck through your poke check limits.

Use the full length of the stick shaft.

5 Basic Types:

1) Standing: only the stick moves

2) Power: Go down to one knee and poke check.

3) Turnover: used to break up passes or players attacking from catch glove side. Blade turns over.

4) Diving Poke Check: There must be forward motion and a full extension of the stick shaft. When used from the side, a 2-pad slide is added to “cut off” the incoming player.

5) Breaking up centering passes from stick side.


Goalie stick too big for goalie to handle. . . stick knob too big or too small

Goalie lunges shoulders forward.

Goalie slides hand up shaft before poke checking, giving the move away.

Goalie uses poke checks far too often, giving players “lay-up” empty net goals.

When goalie pokes in “turnover” from glove side, back leg kicks back, leaving goalie exposed if he misses the poke check.

Goalie does not have a “hard” stick when breaking up centering passes

Stopping Pucks Dumped In

1) Shot on Goal or Just Wide

get in front of the puck and close all holes

set the puck up behind the goal line to the left or right of the net

set the puck up, let your defenseman have clear view of it, leave it alone and get back to the net quickly. Do not over handle the puck!

2) Shot Diagonally Into the Corner, Looking for a Slot Rebound (called a “cross corner dump”)

Move away from the front of the net and greet the puck a few feet from the goal post. This will eliminate the puck hitting the goalie and going

Position yourself so you can see the corner and see up ice . . . don’t turn completely.

Gain possession, if possible, and set puck up like #1 above.

If possession cannot be gained, deflect puck toward boards, away from slot.

3) Fired Around the Boards (called a “hard around”)

Make a decision, “DO I GO” or “DON’T I GO.” That has a major effect on how the defense will react. If the goalie goes, the goalie must stop the

KEY POINTS (For pucks fired around the boards)

Always try to stop the puck in the middle of the back of the net. Leave it there. Do not blindly ”throw the puck” up the boards.

Never dive or leave your feet.

Always attempt to leave the puck away from the boards and the net.

Return to the net consistently . . . so all your defensemen know which way you will be going. Stay tight to the net. I prefer returning from the side from which you came.

Do not overplay the puck, or move it on your defenseman at the last moment.

Be smart when moving the pucks back up the boards.

THERE ARE FOUR METHODS (to stop the pucks fired around the boards)

1) STANCE: On glove side only, when there is a reasonable amount of time.

2) BANGING THE BOARDS: Hurry out, without stopping, hit the boards with a T, or with the side of the pad. The boards stop you. Can be used on both sides.

3) REACH: Using the extended stick on the forehand or backhand or with the hands turned over. Often used when the goalie cannot get there in time, but is quite good with the stick. You could use the

forehand for both shots from the left and right.

4) “ROUNDABOUT”: This is where the goalie uses a power turn, stops the puck, but never stops his body, returning to the net from the other side. This is used when the team has no pressure, often a power play situation.

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