EOTW: Hip Pivot For Goalies

off-ice goalie training drillDid anyone catch the Heritage Classic yesterday afternoon?  I saw the last period, it looked like a good game although it seems like there were a lot of ‘outdoor’ games this year.  The always make a great spectacle, but I like it better when there are only one or two each season.

Do any of you think Luongo will be moved before the trade deadline?  What about Brodeur?  Any other skaters/goalies you think will get dealt.  Personally, I am wondering if the Leafs will move Kadri.  I will be surprised if they actually do it.  I guess we will find out soon enough.

While you are watching ‘deadline day’ on SportsNet you can try these two new drills, how would that be?

Two New Off-Ice Goalie Drills

These are two simple drills I came up with when one of you asked for an exercises to help with the hip pivot on the ice – at the time they were doing the ‘Russian Twist’ which is NOT one of my favourites.

So here are two options for you and remember – this is an OFF-ICE drill and your goalie coach is the ON-ICE expert so if you have some things your goalie coach wants you to pay attention to on the ice – like glove position or getting your blade flat on the ice, then make sure you pay attention to those.

For my part of it, I want you to get some practice rotating your pelvis under your torso while staying balanced.

If you cannot see the video above, simply click on this link…

Hip Pivot & Push

You will need your hockey socks and knee pads for this one.

Remember to stay tall in the torso and keep your shoulders level as you move.

Do 2-3 sets of 6-10 each way.

Tall Kneeling Rotation

You will need to be kneeling on a sliding surface, make sure your knees are cushioned.

Resist the temptation to generate the motion using your arms; they should just be used to fix your upper body.

Stay tall in your torso as you rotate your pelvis.

The range of motion is relatively small, so don’t try to over-do it.

Do 2-3 sets of 6 each way.


PS – If you need to drop some blubber and add some muscle over the next month – but are not familiar with the ‘double edged sword’ of goalie training – then read THIS