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About the Program

Goaltending

Goaltending is another signature program at Cro’s Ice Nest. Our smaller ice pads are ideal for teaching everything from the fundamentals of skating for the goalie position to advanced positioning and game situation skills to ensure a goalie makes the correct save under various circumstances.

Whether you utilize the goalies instructors we have on staff or any of the goalie instructors who rent our ice surfaces to run their lessons, Cro’s Ice Nest is sure to have what you are looking for.

If your child is curious about trying the goalie position but you do not want to invest in the purchase of equipment, Cro’s Ice Nest will do their best to provide the necessary equipment they will require to try being a goalie in a safe environment wearing protective equipment.

What you will Learn

Goaltending Fundamentals

Our coaches teach essential Goaltending fundamentals for any hockey goalie, serving as the building blocks for a strong and reliable performance in the net. Key aspects of goaltending fundamentals include:

  1. Positioning: Proper positioning is foundational. Goalies must maintain a balanced stance with their weight forward, ready to react quickly to shots. Being square to the shooter and centered in the net optimizes coverage.
  2. Angles: Understanding angles is crucial for effective goaltending. Goalies need to cut down the shooter’s angle, minimizing the amount of net visible to the opponent.
  3. Rebound Control: Goaltenders work on directing shots away from dangerous areas, preventing rebounds that could lead to scoring opportunities. Proper pad and glove positioning aid in rebound control.
  4. Butterfly Technique: The butterfly technique involves dropping to the knees and bringing the pads together to cover the lower part of the net. This technique provides quick coverage and is fundamental for stopping shots at close range.
  5. Glove and Blocker Saves: Mastering the use of the glove and blocker is critical for stopping shots. Goaltenders practice proper hand positioning and quick reactions to make saves with these key pieces of equipment.
  6. Stickhandling: Goaltenders need to be adept at handling the puck, whether it’s stopping a shot with the stick, directing rebounds, or making accurate passes to teammates.
  7. Puck Tracking: Tracking the puck through traffic is a vital skill. Goaltenders focus on keeping their eyes on the puck, predicting its trajectory, and adjusting their positioning accordingly.
  8. Quick Recovery: After making a save, goaltenders must quickly recover to be prepared for potential rebounds or follow-up shots. Efficient recovery movements are essential for maintaining readiness.
  9. Communication: Goaltenders serve as on-ice leaders, directing teammates and providing valuable information about the game situation. Effective communication is a fundamental aspect of their role.
  10. Breakaways and Shootouts: Goaltenders practice one-on-one situations, developing strategies for handling breakaways and shootouts, where they face opponents in isolation.
  11. Crease Management: Understanding how to effectively control and manage the goaltender’s crease is crucial. Goaltenders learn when to challenge shooters and when to remain in a more conservative position.
  12. Mental Toughness: Goaltending requires strong mental resilience. Goaltenders practice staying focused, maintaining confidence, and rebounding from goals allowed.

By mastering these goaltending fundamentals, goalies can establish a solid foundation for success on the ice. Consistent practice, coaching, and a commitment to continuous improvement contribute to the development of a skilled and reliable goaltender.

What our customers are saying

Dorrett Rose
Dorrett Rose
2023-11-06
Rob is a very good instructor and works well with kids
K OS
K OS
2023-05-12
Coach Hannah did a great job with my girls! Great little spot for some smaller group training
M M
M M
2023-04-20
Great place!
Denis West
Denis West
2023-04-07
Great place, great prices
Joel Desjardins
Joel Desjardins
2023-03-14
I've been going there for a few years now! My older son did enough hockey training there. My younger son learned how to skate and now is doing goalie development there! Great atmosphere and trainers make it fun for the kids! 👍👍
J & A Plumbing and Heating Ltd.
J & A Plumbing and Heating Ltd.
2023-03-13
Great spot for learning to skate as well as advancing your skills. Kids love Rob the owner, very patient and calm while coaching.
Ray Parkin
Ray Parkin
2023-03-12
Interesting facility, great for the kids to learn the ropes..
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