Knee Recovery + Angle Push – For Jimmy Howard

Since I strapped on the pads earlier this fall I have had lots of chances to make all sorts of awkward movements in the crease – but I might have worked my way up to the 10th worst goalie in the world 🙂

ice hockey goalie Thankfully none of those movements have been as awkward as the one Jimmy Howard made the other night.

I remember talking with a goalie a few summers ago about angles and positioning and some off-ice drills and at the time he said something like ‘oh, but a goalie would never move that way on the ice’. But the truth is, there is no limitation to the way a goalie moves on the ice.

Ideally, you are in position and making methodical, textbook saves. In reality, you are trying to stop the puck from crossing the goal line PERIOD.

I am sure Jimmy was thinking ‘well, THAT wasn’t text book.’

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Knee Recovery + Angle Push

Before going any further, I will re-iterate that my goal is not to turn your off-ice training into simulated on-ice session. The goal is to develop mobility, speed and stamina in a way that you can use on the ice.

So today we will add some oblique movement patterns to your knee recovery and lateral push and in honour of Mr. Howard. Rotating while in a lengthened position can overload either adductor – in Jimmy’s case he was rotating to the left and it looks like he pulls his left groin.

With such a stretch on those muscles, any rotation or tilt of the pelvis could easily exceed the load tolerance.

Here’s what I want you to do…

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Start with 3 sets of 3 reps in each direction.


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