The goalie is the most important position on the team, and yet he’s often the most over looked. Coaches work on their players for all of practice, and then have them go in and shoot on the goalie, as if he’s a target. It’s easy to see how this can happen; it’s hard to work on just 1 player, when you have 20 other players who need work.
During the dry land training for a hockey team a goalie is treated the same way, as if he’s a player. Obviously most of the dry land drills that the players are doing will help the goalie; there are more drills that are going to help enhance his skill set. Make sure to use several of those drills such as the Warmup/Cooldown, Core Strength, Quick Feet, Agility, Power and Acceleration.
This is to help coaches and goalies develop those goalie skills. These dryland drills are designed to work on the goalies legs (recovery and pushing) or his hands (reaction) or both. They are designed specifically for goalies, and usually have to be done in addition to the player’s usual dryland. But if you want to be an elite goalie, and as the most important player on the team, a little extra work is what it takes.
These are also designed to give the goalie or coach dry land drills that the athlete can do in his home. There is no advance equipment required to help you develop into a more complete hockey goalie.
Coach McIntosh is the Head Hockey Instructor at Complete Hockey Player. He has coach a variety of levels and ages all over the world. By taking the 4 pillars of a hockey player he has created lessons to develop a players skills, athleticism, intangibles and their game knowledge.