One of the simplest and most effective training tools that a goaltender can use is the crease itself. Since goaltenders spend the vast majority of game and practice time within the confines of the blue ice, it makes absolute sense that they should master the movements that they utilize regularly during the course of competition.
With this in mind, we will look at three movement patterns that goaltenders of all levels can use to develop and/or maintain strong footwork. These drills may also be utilized by coaches as a quick and easy assessment tool to evaluate the skating skills of their goaltenders. To aid in this process included are things that the goaltenders need to focus upon, but also some of the details that coaches should look for when observing how the goalies execute these maneuvers.
Although these movement patterns may differ in both their form and objectives, there are certain principles that are universal whenever a goaltender moves about their crease.
There are just a few examples of movement drills that can be incorporated into the warm up or practice routine of goalies of any level. There are numerous resources with a variety of examples online for all to use. Developing efficient and technically sound footwork can be achieved with some focused practice in the area that goaltenders know best.